Brendon McCullum set the tournament on fire with a sensational 158 in the 1st ever IPL match against RCB, and we know that the rest is history.
Now with the likes Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Andre Russell, and, most recently Risabh Pant, its appeal to people is increasing day by day
The tournament has entered its 13th season and with 22 matches so far, this season is turning out to be more and more exciting each passing day.
That’s why today we will talk about the top ten IPL batsmen who made IPL what it is today
Top 10 Best Batsmen in IPL History
10) Gautam Gambhir
A classy batsman who always leads by example, the leader who changed fortunes for KKR, Gautam Gambhir will always be remembered by all the IPL fans for his tough attitude.
Technically one of the most gifted players, but not many were convinced that Gambhir would be so successful in this format of the game with his style.
But he proved all his critics wrong and became one of the very best in this format.
Gambhir started with Delhi Daredevils and was the second-highest run-scorer of the inaugural season and
KKR eventually picked him in the 2011 IPL auction at ₹11 crores, and as we know that the rest is history.
He led Kolkata Knight Riders to IPL title victory in the 2012 and 2014 and also to the playoffs in 2016 and 2017
Gautam was bought by the Delhi Daredevils for ₹2.8 crores and was appointed captain for the 2018 IPL season.
He stepped down from that role because of his poor performances and made Shreyas Iyer the new captain.
Despite scoring just 59 sixes, Gambhir scored 4,218 runs from his 154 IPL matches at an average of 31.01
9) Shane Watson
Many people consider Shane Watson as one of the best batting all-rounders to play in IPL.
Bought by Rajasthan Royals for US$125,000 in 2008, he repaid his team with excellent performances and help his team win the 1st IPL title.
In 2013, Watson scored his first IPL century ( 101 runs off 61 balls ) against the CSK at MA Chidambaram Stadium and became the Man of the Tournament award in the same year.
After Rajasthan Royals got suspended in 2016, RCB signed him for US$1.4 million, but very mediocre performance for two consecutive seasons meant RCB released him in 2018
CSK grabbed him at the auctions, and as soon as the tournament began, he surprised everyone with his batting performances scoring 555 runs in the season
He was awarded the Man of the Match award for his unbeaten 117 of 57 balls that helped CSK chase down 179 to win the 2018 IPL tournament.
With 3,816 runs and four centuries in just 142 matches, Watson deservedly gets a place on our list
8) Shikhar Dhawan
One of the most consistent performers of IPL, Shikhar Dhawan is the fifth-highest run-scorer in IPL.
Even though he has played for four different IPL teams like Mumbai Indians, Deccan Chargers, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and most recently Delhi Capitals, he has always performed for each side.
In my opinion, Dhawan is the best second-fiddle batsman in IPL, and with David Warner has stitched some of the most fantastic partnerships in the history of the tournament.
While the Australian opener David Warner was scoring some of the most remarkable knocks, he was always providing valiant support from the other end.
He has scored the most fours in the tournament (524 fours) and, for the 2019 IPL season, was part of Cricinfo’s IPL XI for that IPL season.
Dhawan has scored 4,836 runs in 166 IPL innings, with his career-best 103 not out coming in the 2020 IPL season against CSK.
7) MS Dhoni
Former Indian captain, leader of one of the most successful IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings, MS Dhoni, is probably the best finisher in the entire IPL history.
Dhoni became the most expensive player in the inaugural IPL season as CSK bought him for US$1.5 million.
CSK and Dhoni have become practically inseparable from that very season as Dhoni has won all of his 3 IPL titles with CSK.
IPL’s most influential figure, MSD’s IPL batting average of an outstanding 41.88 is only second to David Warner
After CSK got suspended in 2016, Rising Pune Supergiant bought him for US$1.9 million and he captained the Pune side in these two years
When CSK returned in the 2018 IPL season, Dhoni again led them and scored 455 runs in that season as CSK managed to win their third IPL title.
Dhoni was also the 3rd highest run-getter in 2013, and his best innings of 84 not out came against RCB in 2019
He has scored 4,565 runs at a strike-rate above 135 and has hit more than 200 fours and sixes each.
6) Chris Gayle
Though it was KKR, who bought Gayle for 800,000 USD, it was RCB with which Chris Gayle showed us his true potential
This legendary batsman joined RCB in 2011 and, from there on, never looked back in IPL.
He won two consecutive orange caps in 2011 and 2012, scored more than 700 runs in 2013, and established his legacy as an IPL legend.
Gayle scored his highest-ever T20 score of 175 not out in 2013 against the Pune Warriors India, and soon after, people started calling him the ‘Universe Boss.’
With growing age, RCB released him for his inconsistency, and KXIP lapped him in the 2018 auction, and Chris played a significant role in their success in the first half of the tournament.
He holds the record for the most sixes in IPL career, most sixes in an innings, most sixes in an over, and most centuries in the tournament.
He has scored 4,561 runs in just 127 matches with an impressive 41.09 average with a strike-rate more than 150 and deservedly gets a mention in our list
5) AB de Villiers
Be it international T20 or domestic T20 leagues, the presence of South Africa’s Superman, AB de Villiers, always add glamour, and with the IPL, it’s no different.
The 360-degree batsman and his ability to find runs from every corner of the ground made him an instant crowd favourite.
De Villiers was the highest run-scorer for Delhi Daredevils in the inaugural season, but they released him in 2010.
RCB saw it as an opportunity and grabbed him in the 2010 IPL auction for a 1.1 million dollars deal.
His inclusion resurrected RCB, as he, along with Chris Gayle, again made RCB a serious title contender for the IPL title for the next couple of seasons.
He was involved in some remarkable partnerships with Virat Kohli over the years and entertained cricket fans not just at the M Chinnaswamy stadium but from every part of the cricketing world.
AB de Villiers has scored three IPL centuries and managed to score 4,680 runs at an impressive average of 40.7 and at a strike-rate over 150.
4) Rohit Sharma
The only captain in the IPL history to win four IPL titles, Rohit Sharma is one of the biggest names in IPL history.
Even though Sharma joined the IPL in 2008 and was named the ’emerging player of the tournament’ in 2009, it was notably his stint with the Mumbai Indians which solidified his status as an IPL legend.
Mumbai Indians signed him for US$2 million in IPL 2011 auction, and since then he’s been scoring runs for his franchise and leading by example in challenging situations.
In the very first season of his tenure as the MI captain in 2013, Rohit finished the tournament with 538 runs and helped his team win their 1st IPL title.
As the MI captain, Rohit has led MI to four IPL titles ( in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019) and made MI the most successful franchise in IPL’s history.
Rohit scored his only IPL century ( 109 not out) in 2012 against the KKR at the Eden Gardens.
He has hit 38 half-centuries and scored 5,158 runs from 192 innings, and he is the third-highest run-scorer in IPL after Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina.
3) Suresh Raina
The Chinna Thala of IPL’s one of the most successful franchise, Chennai Super Kings, Suresh Raina is one of the best batsmen in the entire IPL history.
Signed by the CSK for US$650,000 for the first season, Raina, over the years, has maintained a remarkable consistency in his entire IPL career.
The classy southpaw played an essential role in all the three titles CSK won and continues to be an asset for the team.
His explosive style of batting at No. 3 for CSK has given the license for their lower-middle order always to finish the matches on a strong note
He became the first batsmen to complete 5000 runs in IPL, and even though he is not playing in the current IPL, he still remains the second-highest run-getter in IPL with 5,368 runs in 189 innings
After CSK got suspended in 2016, Raina also captained Gujarat Lions and is still the most capped player in IPL history, with 193 games to his name.
Raina also bowls effective right-arm off-spin adding depth to the CSK bowling attack, and for his such all-round ability, we fondly call him the ‘Mr IPL’ of this tournament.
2) Virat Kohli
Even though Kohli was never that consistent like Raina but after he became the captain of the RCB, he has slowly and steadily become the Mr.consistent of IPL.
In 2008, Kohli was bought on a youth contract by RCB and started learning under the guidance of Dravid and Anil Kumble.
But, in 2010, Kohli finally started hitting the purple patch, becoming the 3rd highest run-getter for his team in that season.
He started captaining RCB permanently from 2012, and in 2016 he blasted 973 runs which included four hundred – the most by a batsman in a single season.
In 2019, Kohli became the second player to reach 5000 runs in IPL after Suresh Raina.
He is also the highest run-getter in IPL history, with 5,777 runs to his name at an average of 38.77.
Even without winning an IPL, Kohli, with the company of AB de Villiers, has made RCB very popular among all cricket lover from all parts of the world with their explosive style of play.
1) David Warner
For his stunning consistency in high-pressure games, David Warner, according to us, is the finest batsman in IPL history.
Signed by Delhi Daredevils for the 2009–10 season, Warner took quite a while to get to his original self.
Sunrisers picked him in the 2014 IPL auction, and from there on, he never looked back.
For five consecutive seasons, he has scored more than 500 runs in each edition of the IPL and has become the only player to win the orange cap thrice.
In 2015, he became the Sunrisers Hyderabad captain, and in 2016, Sunrisers managed to win that edition of IPL.
Warner managed to score 848 runs in 2016 IPL, the most by an Australian in IPL with nine fifties.
He scored his career-best 126 runs against KKR in the next season and also managed to win his 2nd Orange cap with 641 runs at an impressive average of 58.27
Even though he missed the next IPL season because of ball-tampering but returned with a bang scoring 692 runs, and managed to win the Orange Cap for the third time.
On 18 October 2020, Warner became the fourth overall player to complete 5000 runs in IPL when he scored 47* off 33 balls against KKR, and by doing so, he became the fastest player to 5000 runs.