In IPL 2016, we saw piles of runs being scored by the batsmen. There were a plethora of high-scoring games in that year, with the top 10 highest run scorers piling on 5766 runs combined.
Virat Kohli won the Orange Cap by a huge margin, as he scored an immense total of 973 runs. That tally is the highest by any Orange Cap winner in the history of IPL.
There was a fierce battle to get on the top 10 list in 2016. It was the year of the batsmen, many of whom played terrifically well and made heaps of runs.
As the race for the Orange Cap gets fiercer by the day in IPL 2019, let us take a trip down memory lane and look at the top 10 batsmen who were in the 2016 leaderboard.
#10 Suresh Raina (Gujarat Lions)
Suresh Raina scored 399 runs in the 15 innings he played in the 2016 season, with a strike rate of 127.88. Gujarat Lions were debuting in that season and Raina was given the task of leading the side.
As always, Raina was in exceptional form in IPL and he led his team from the front. He smashed 39 fours and 10 sixes in that season.
#9 Quinton de Kock (Delhi Daredevils)
The South-African wicketkeeper finished at the 9th position on the Orange Cap leaderboard of 2016, by scoring 445 runs in just 13 innings. Quinton de Kock has a good record on Indian pitches and he continued his form in IPL by scoring runs at a strike rate of 136.08.
The left-handed batsmen opened the innings for Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) and aggregated over 400 runs at an average of 37.08. He also hammered 3 half centuries and 1 century, with a total of 52 fours and 13 sixes.
#8 Murali Vijay (Kings XI Punjab)
Murali Vijay was handed over the reins of Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2016. He didn’t disappoint his fans and his team as he played multiple top-class innings. With a strike rate of 124.45, Vijay made 453 runs in 14 innings.
Vijay struck 50 boundaries and 10 sixes through the season, and notched up 5 half centuries at an average of 34.84.
#7 Ajinkya Rahane (Rising Pune Supergiant)
In IPL 2016, many overseas players of the Rising Pune Supergiant were ruled out due to injury. But Ajinkya Rahane did pretty well to keep RPS in the race for the playoffs, scoring 480 runs in 14 innings.
Rahane compiled his runs at a strike rate of 126.64 and an average of 43.63. Also, he smashed 6 half centuries and notched up 54 boundaries and 9 sixes.
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#6 Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians)
Rohit Sharma is yet another captain who made it to the Orange Cap leaderboard, with a tally of 489 runs at a strike rate of 132.88 in 14 innings. He regularly steadied the Mumbai Indians innings after early collapses.
Rohit struck 5 half centuries, 49 fours and 16 sixes in IPL 2016, at an average of 44.45. However, that did not help Mumbai Indians as they failed to qualify for the playoffs.
#5 Shikhar Dhawan (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
Shikhar Dhawan played superbly for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2016. and deserves a lot of credit for the team‘s title win. Dhawan scored 501 runs in 17 innings at a strike rate of 116.78.
The man nicknamed 'Gabbar' stepped up for his team whenever David Warner failed to click. He hit 51 fours and 8 sixes and scored his runs at an average of 38.53.
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#4 Gautam Gambhir (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Gautam Gambhir scored 501 runs in IPL 2016, matching Shikhar Dhawan’s tally. He was the only batsman from his team who showed up match after match. Due to lack of adequate support though, KKR failed to reach the final of the tournament.
Gambhir smacked his runs at a strike rate of 121.89 and at a healthy average of 38.53. In total, he hammered 5 half centuries and struck 54 fours and 6 sixes.
#3 Ab de Villiers (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Nicknamed Mr. 360, AB de Villiers is seemingly in great touch every IPL season. But in 2016 he was at the next level, scoring 687 runs in 16 innings to outscore the next batsman in the list - Gambhir - by a mammoth 186 runs.
Each and every innings of De Villiers was pure class, filled with some unbelievable striking. He scored his runs with a strike rate of 168.79 and an average of 52.84. He also made one memorable century and six half-centuries, apart from smashing 57 fours and 37 sixes.
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#2 David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
The Australian veteran was at his absolute peak in IPL 2016. Warner literally thrashed every bowling unit, scoring 848 runs in just 17 innings at a strike rate of 151.42.
SRH ultimately finished as the champions in 2016, thanks largely to Warner's exploits. With an average of 60.47, he hit 9 half-centuries in a single season and smashed 88 fours and 31 sixes.
#1 Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
The year 2016 belonged to the Indian captain Virat Kohli. He performed tremendously in the IPL that year, continuing his purple patch from international cricket.
Kohli scored an unbelievable 973 runs in 16 innings, including seven half-centuries and four centuries, to set a benchmark in the tournament's history. With a strike rate of 152.03 and an average of 81.08, Kohli also smashed 83 fours and 38 sixes in IPL 2016.
He had his eyes set on lifting the trophy for the first time, but RCB were thwarted by SRH in the final.