IPL 2019: The best batsman from each team
The IPL is famous for its entertainment and razzmatazz. Fans come in huge numbers every game to see high-scoring affairs and a 140-150-run game is seldom appreciated by the cricket lovers.
In order to reach a total of 200 every game, it is imperative for every team to have at least one match winner with the bat who can blaze his way to a quickfire fifty or even a hundred, irrespective of the situation.
Such breed of batsmen is rare but the IPL franchises have been blessed to have at least one of that type in their line-up. In this article, we will take a look at the best batsman of each IPL team in terms of consistency, coupled with the ability to score at a devastating strike rate.
Kings XI Punjab - Chris Gayle
The 39-year-old evergreen Jamaican is still as good as ever in the shortest format of the game. Last year, after being snapped up by the Kings XI in the second round of the auction, Gayle proved his mettle and made noteworthy contributions for the Kings XI Punjab at the top in partnership with KL Rahul.
Chris Gayle is nearing 4000 IPL runs having scored 3994 already from 112 IPL matches. His average of 41 and a strike rate of 150 look staggering.
Although Rahul has been in tremendous form in the IPL, no one can discount Chris Gayle's performances in the IPL over the course of the last five years and he is still the best batsman in this Kings XI Punjab batting line-up.
Delhi Capitals - Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan is making a comeback to his home-based franchise after spending nine years away from home. Dhawan walks into this side, bringing in his T20 attributes and tons of experience and is easily the best batsman in this Delhi unit.
He will be a force to contain with at the top as he has taken his T20 game up by a few notches in the last 12 months. The Capitals will bank on him to provide a solid start and lay down the foundation for the middle-order to explode.
A player of Shikhar Dhawan's stature was just what the doctor ordered as far as turning the tables around for Delhi was concerned. In 143 games, Shikhar has scored 4057 runs at an average of 33, coming at a strike rate of 123.