Highest Strike Rate in the History of the IPL: Top 10 Players
After witnessing some attacking innings in the IPL, you may be wondering which player has the highest strike rate in the league’s history. We look at 10 players who have set the stands ablaze in the IPL. ‘Highest strike rate’ is often synonymous with the highest impact: the players on our list have undoubtedly had the greatest impact on matches in the history of the competition.
Here are the top 10 players with the highest strike rates in the IPL
1. Andre Russell
Russell has scored 1517 runs in 74 matches at a strike rate of 182.33. Russell’s best season took place in 2019 when he scored 310 runs in 14 matches at a strike rate of 204.81. Arguably his most impactful innings playing for Kolkata Knight Riders that season came against Royal Challengers Bangalore on 5 April 2019. Batting first in that game, RCB posted a challenging score of 205/3 in their allotted overs. When Russell came to the crease, the KKR scorecard read 139/4 in 15.4 overs. Needing 67 in 26 balls, KKR achieved the target with 5 balls to spare, thanks to Russell’s 48 off 13 balls with one four and 7 sixes.
2. Nicholas Pooran
Pooran has scored 521 in 21 matches at a strike rate of 165.39. He enjoyed his best season in the just-completed IPL 2020 in which he made 353 runs in 14 matches at a strike rate of 169.71. His best innings for Kings XI Punjab came against Delhi Capitals on 20 October 2020. Batting first, DC made 164/5. In reply, KXIP were reduced to 51/2 when Pooran came to the crease. By the time he departed, the scoreboard was reading 125/4 in 12.3 overs, taking KXIP to the threshold of a 5-wicket victory.
3. Sunil Narine
Narine’s 892 runs in 120 matches have been scored at a strike rate of 164.27. In his best batting season in 2018, Sunil made 357 runs in 16 games at a strike rate of 189.89. Royal Challengers Bangalore batted first in a league match against KKR on 8 April 2018 and scored 176/7. Opening the innings for his side, Narine smashed 50 off 19 balls to help KKR win with 4 wickets and 7 balls to spare. His innings included 4 fours and 5 sixes.
4. Hardik Pandya
Pandya has scored 1349 runs in 80 matches at a strike rate of 159.26. His best season in 2019 saw Hardik scoring 402 runs in 16 games with a strike rate of 191.42. His most memorable innings came in a league match against KKR on 28 April 2019. Batting first, KKR made a daunting score of 232/2. Pandya began his innings after Mumbai Indians had been reduced to 58/4. Unfortunately, with Hardik lacking adequate support, MI finished at 198/7. Hardik’s 92 off 34 balls included 6 fours and 9 sixes as he flayed the KKR bowlers to all parts of the ground.
5. Moeen Ali
Moeen has scored 309 runs in 19 matches at a strike rate of 158.46. He registered his best strike rate of 167.39 in 2018 when he made 77 from 5 matches. In their match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on 17 May 2018, RCB batted first and scored 218/6 on the back of Moeen’s 65 off 34 balls with 2 fours and 6 sixes. In reply, Hyderabad were restricted to 204/3.
6. Chris Morris
Morris has made 551 runs in 70 games at a strike rate of 157.87. In 2016, he registered his best strike rate of 178.89 when he scored 195 runs in 12 matches. On 27 April 2016, Gujarat Lions scored 172/6. In reply, Delhi Daredevils were struggling at 57/4 in 10.4 overs when Morris began his knock. By the time the innings finished, Morris had scored an unbeaten 82 off 32 balls with 4 fours and 8 sixes, but unfortunately for DD, they lost the game by one run.
7. Virendra Sehwag
Sehwag has scored 2728 runs in 104 matches at a strike rate of 155.44. He enjoyed his best strike rate of 184.54 in the 2008 season when he aggregated 406 runs from 14 games. Batting first in their match against DD on 22 April 2008, Deccan Chargers scored 142/8. In reply, DD won with 9 wickets and 7 overs to spare thanks to Sehwag’s blitzkrieg innings of 94 not out in 41 balls with 10 fours and 6 sixes.
8. Glenn Maxwell
Maxwell has made 1505 runs in 82 games at a strike rate of 154.67. In his best season in 2014, Glenn scored 552 runs in 16 matches at a strike rate of 187.75. His most impactful innings came when he played for Kings XI Punjab against Chennai Super Kings on 18 April 2014. Batting first, CSK made 205/4. In reply, KXIP chased down the target with 6 wickets and 7 balls to spare thanks largely to Maxwell’s 95 in 43 balls with 15 fours and 2 sixes.
9. Rishabh Pant
Pant has scored 2079 runs in 68 matches at a strike rate of 151.97. In the 2018 season, he recorded a strike rate of 173.60 with 684 runs from 14 games. Playing for Delhi Daredevils against Sunrisers, Pant scored 128 not out off 63 balls with 15 fours and 7 sixes. Unfortunately for Pant and DD, his knock came in a lost cause as DD could manage only 187/5, a target that SRH chased down with 9 wickets and 7 balls to spare.
10. De Villiers
ABD has scored 4849 runs in 169 games at a strike rate of 151.91. In 2015, the South African batsman had his best strike rate of 175.08. In a spectacular innings for RCB against MI on 10 May 2015, De Villiers smashed 133 not out in 59 balls to help his side post a score of 235/1 before they kept MI down to a score of 196/7 in their allotted overs.
Our list contains names of 10 batsmen who have always made their runs at a fair clip. These records could be broken in the foreseeable future. But for now, these 10 men rule the roost.
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