IPL 2019 has begun, and we can't stop ourselves from talking about intriguing statistics and unique insights from the mega event. The 12th edition of the tournament has already been set on fire with close games and last over finishes.
Andre Russell's innings against the SRH and Rishabh Pant’s against Mumbai Indians have been the highlights so far.
In IPL, net run-rate is one of the most important statistical figures, and often comes into play every year to separate the teams in the points table that are tied on the same points. Though NRR might seem to be a big mathematical model that is difficult to comprehend, it is actually quite simple and can be calculated by anyone, as explained here.
NRR is important not just for separating the sides with equal points; a higher NRR also indicates how the team has fared as a whole in the season, and to what extent has the team played well or been dominated against.
In most of the cases, the top teams have the highest NRR for obvious reasons. Here, we look at 5 such teams who have obtained the highest NRR in the history of IPL, highlighting the level of their dominance in that particular season.
#5 Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2016: +0.932
The RCB side ended up being the table toppers in the 9th edition of the IPL and amassed a massive net run rate of +0.932.
Usually, any kind of positive NRR in a tournament signifies that the team has scored at a rate more than what has been scored against them. So an NRR of +0.932 signifies the kind of success the Bengaluru side enjoyed in IPL 9.
2016 was also the season where the Indian captain Virat Kohli scored a king-sized 973 runs in a single edition of the tournament. This record of highest runs in a single IPL is still held by the RCB captain; he leads the others by a fair distance.
The Bengaluru side lost the final to the Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2016.