The Indian Premier League (IPL) has indeed seen some of the most destructive batsmen come together and light up the tournament year after year. With franchise cricket taking place worldwide all year, there exists no dearth of destructive batsmen as they have mastered the knack of run-scoring in all the conditions.
It also renders most of the bowlers ineffective in the face of it. Such batsmen have blasted their way into the record books through their free run-scoring and smashing an innumerable number of boundaries in all parts of the ground. Hence, the lucrative T20 format has become further entertaining as the batters have bossed almost every IPL season.
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IPL 2008- Deccan Chargers:
Deccan Chargers entered the inaugural edition of IPL with plenty of promise but hardly lived up to it. With VVS Laxman at the helm alongside Adam Gilchrist, Andrew Symonds, Scott Styris, Shahid Afridi, Rohit Sharma and other youngsters, Deccan Chargers had a powerful batting line-up. Unfortunately, their lacklustre bowling performances significantly contributed to them finishing at the bottom of the table despite compelling batting renditions.
Keeper-batsman and opener Adam Gilchrist was their top run-getter with 436 runs in 14 matches at 33.54 while Rohit Sharma stood next with 404. One of their cases of bowling failures came against the Rajasthan Royals when the Chargers had to defend 217. Andrew Symonds’ blistering hundred had lifted them to a formidable total; however, his bowling proved to be the team’s, Achilles Heel.