Most runs in IPL 2020 : The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) hosted in the UAE was a wonderful spectacle as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) successfully organised the global cricketing extravaganza amidst the vastly spread coronavirus pandemic. The Mumbai Indians (MI) were crowned the winner of the cash-rich league for the record fifth time and the tournament received massive viewership from across the globe. There were many celebratory performances by the batters as well as the bowlers in the tournament, however, it is always the batsmen whose contributions come under the notice in such global T20 leagues and something similar happened in IPL 2020 as well.
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While captaining the Punjab franchise in IPL 2020, opening batsman KL Rahul looked in a terrific form throughout the tournament. The newly-named Punjab Kings skipper was the leading run-getter in the tournament having notched up a sensational tally of 670 runs from 14 games at an amazing average of 55.83. Rahul also scored the highest individual score by an Indian player in the history of the IPL during his sensational knock of 132 runs off 69 balls that included 14 fours and 7 sixes in the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore. He finished the tournament with 5 fifties and 1 century to his name.
For the second time in a row, the Delhi Capitals (DC) qualified for the playoffs and in IPL 2020 even reached the finals where they lost to a better team in Mumbai Indians, however, opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan played an important role for his franchise in the season. Dhawan finished as the second highest run-scorer in IPL 2020 as the southpaw scored a total of 618 runs in 17 matches at an explosive strike-rate of 144.73. During the IPL 2020 season, the Delhi opener also became the first player to register consecutive hundreds in the history of the tournament.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) captain David Warner once again stole the limelight for his extraordinary performance with the bat in IPL 2020. In 16 matches, Warner composed a fabulous tally of 548 runs at a strike-rate of 134.64 that included 5 fifties. The swashbuckling Aussie opener smashed an incredible knock of 85 runs off just 58 balls to help his team register a 10-wicket win over Mumbai Indians. Warner also became the first-ever batsman to score more than 500 runs in six consecutive seasons of the IPL.
In the last 2 years, Shreyas Iyer has captained the Delhi Capitals (DC) impressively well as the team qualified for the playoffs both the times and even finished as the runners-up last season. Talking about his individual performance, Iyer looked in a remarkable form in IPL 2020 as he ended the season with a total of 519 runs from 17 games at an average of 34.60. The right-hander batted really well in the first half of the tournament where he played some crucial knocks for his team including an excellent half-century in the final against Mumbai.
Mumbai Indians (MI) young swashbuckling batsman Ishan Kishan looked in a tremendous form during the previous edition of the IPL. In 14 matches, Ishan slammed 516 runs at an explosive strike-rate of 145.76 that included 4 half-centuries. While playing in his first match in IPL 2020, the left-hander played a majestic innings of 99 runs off 58 balls in a thriller against Bangalore. Ishan’s batting position kept on changing throughout the season as he even opened the innings in some of the games, however, he always backed his fearless approach and ended the season with an impressive average of 57.33.
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