The Indian Premier League (IPL) has been a breeding ground for a host of Indian cricketers where their career foundation has taken place. The exposure to world-class fast bowlers and spinners from all parts of the globe have been integral to their international careers. It helps them prepare for the rigours of white-ball cricket and eventually play Tests too.
Over the years, several Indian batsmen have piled up massive amounts of runs in the tournament; however, very few have reached 600 runs. While the pitches in IPL are favourable for the batting side, batsmen do need to have skills and temperament against top-notch bowling and fielding sides to reach that landmark. The incredible thing about the cash-rich league is that batsmen have 14 matches to get to 600 runs and compensate a lean run.
We take a look at six Indian batsmen who completed 600 runs in an IPL season:
Ambati Rayudu (2018 – 602):
Ambati Rayudu is an accomplished Indian batsman, who could not enough chances at the international level. Nevertheless, Ambati Rayudu has an imposing record in IPL and was part of Mumbai Indians for three years when they won the title. The 35-year old went on to play for Chennai Super Kings from 2018.
The right-handed batsman opened the innings for the most part in 2018 with Shane Watson and formed a formidable pair. In 16 matches, he brought up 602 runs at 43 with a strike rate of 149.75. In the course of that, Rayudu also brought up three fifties and a solitary hundred, helping Chennai Super Kings clinch their third title by beating SunRisers Hyderabad.