IPL 2019: 5 batsmen who had the highest impact this season
#3 David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
Returning to the IPL after serving a one-year ban, David Warner continued from where he left in 2017. Warner’s consistency can be gauged from the fact that he has scored 500-plus runs in every season he has played for SRH. Also, he became the first player to win the Orange Cap thrice, with his 692 runs this year.
Warner left for national duties after 12 games, scoring 692 runs at an average of 69.2 and strike rate 143.86. He scored 9 fifty-plus scores including a hundred in his 12 innings.
Undoubtedly, Warner has been the best batsman of the IPL for half-a-decade now.
#2 MS Dhoni (Chennai Super Kings)
MS Dhoni is getting better with age in the IPL, or at least his stats from the last two seasons say so. After scoring more than 450 runs last season, Dhoni continued his rich vein of form, the only difference this year being that he played a lone hand for most of the season.
Having excelled in almost every kind of situation this year, Dhoni almost single-handedly carried CSK to the playoffs with the bat.
Dhoni’s dominance can be seen from the fact that he averaged above 100 this season before his controversial run-out in the final. He ended with 416 runs from 12 innings at an average of 83.2, the highest of the season, and had a strike rate of 134.62.
His career best 84* came in a losing cause against RCB where he almost pulled off a win needing 26 off the last over.
#1 Andre Russell
Andre Russell took the tournament by storm with his monstrous hitting in the first half of the season, winning matches for KKR from virtually unwinnable positions. The fact that KKR stayed at the top of the table for a majority of the first half is largely due to Russell’s insane hutting. Also, the fact that they fell short of the playoffs is due to the under-utilisation of Russell as a batsman.
The Most Valuable Player of the season, Russell finished fifth in the Orange Cap list with 510 runs in 13 innings. He averaged 56.66 and had a strike rate of 204.81, the highest in the tournament.
Not only was Russell KKR’s highest run-getter, he also picked the most wickets for his side. Russell scored 4 fifties and hit 52 sixes, the most by any batsman this season. His highest score of 80* came against MI when he was sent in at number three.
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