Highest run-getters for each IPL team
The IPL has been the biggest T20 league around the world ever since its emergence in 2008. After successful completion of 11 seasons, the stage is set for the auctions for the twelfth season. With most squads already settled, the coming auction is expected to be a short one. Also since the World Cup will be right after the completion of IPL, a lot of star players are expected to back out from the tournament to prevent fatigue and injuries.
Keeping all those factors aside, looking at the history of the tournament, there have been several foreign individuals whom the Indian crowds have embraced as their own during the IPL. The likes of David Warner, AB de Villiers, Lasith Malinga and Chris Gayle are examples. It has also been a proper platform for some fringe players for other international sides as well. Chris Morris, Shaun Marsh and Chris Lynn had their international debut after IPL.
Over the years, there have been individuals who have been exceptional for particular teams. So much so that those teams cannot be imagined without those players. Dhoni for CSK, Sachin for MI, Warner for SRH are some examples. As we get ready for the twelfth edition of the extravagant league, we look at the highest run-getter for each IPL team.
#Rajasthan Royals - Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane has been a constant for the Royals since 2011. He grew under the watchful eyes of his idol, Rahul Dravid and matched him shot for shot in the two editions when he opened with him. The traditionally longer format batsman proved to be a workhorse in the shortest format as well, scoring at remarkable consistency at the top. The Royals management bought back Rahane after the completion of their suspension period and handed him the captaincy in the absence of Smith.
Rahane has 2417 runs for RR from 80 innings, at an average of 34.53 and strike rate 120.49. His solitary hundred came against RCB when he hit Sreenath Arvind for six boundaries in an over. Rahane has 16 fifties to his name for RR and has hit a total of 42 sixes.
Other batsmen to score more than 1000 runs for RR are Shane Watson, Rahul Dravid, Sanju Samson and Yusuf Pathan.