IPL 2018: Top Five Batsmen with Best Strike Rate this Season

Published - 29 May 2018, 06:05 PM | Updated - 04 Jan 2020, 11:02 AM

Sunil Narine
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The T20 format of the game is not about the averages, but the strike-rates. IPL 2018 treated the spectators with brilliant individual performances from various teams in the competition.

Here, we look at some of the mega-strikers of the cricket ball, who enthralled one and with their strokeplay.

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Thereby, notching up the list of players with highest batting strike rate this season.

5. KL Rahul – 158.41

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KL Rahul of KXIP. Image Courtesy: BCCI

With 659 runs to his name in the tournament, Rahul always had the Orange Cap for the majority of the season. Unfortunately, his team, Kings XI Punjab could not qualify for the playoffs so that we could see more of the attractive batsman.

Striking at the rate of almost 160, Rahul also scored the fastest fifty of the tournament history, in his very first game this season.

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Later on, he had to anchor KXIP’s batting during run-chases, to display the depth in his batting.

The Karnataka batsman had his breakthrough season this year, batting at his favourite position, after being released by Royal Challengers Bangalore, making a statement or two.

4. Rishabh Pant – 173.6

Rishabh Pant IPL 2018
Rishabh Pant receiving the Stylish player of the season award. Photo by: Ron Gaunt /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

Another youngster, who walked away with all the accolades this season was Delhi Daredevils’ prized possession, Rishabh Pant, who smashed 684 runs this.

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Eventual Orange Cap holder, Kane Williamson consumed 17 innings to overtake Pant’s feat, which he completed in just 14 innings.

Much like Rahul, Pant’s team could not qualify for the playoffs, despite his pyrotechnics, smashing the ball at a strike rate of 173.6.

3. AB de Villiers – 174.54

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AB de Villiers of RCB. Photo by: Faheem Hussain /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

The modern master of the game, South Africa’s AB de Villiers, had one of the best seasons in his IPL career, with 480 runs to his name in just 12 outings.

Mr. 360 looked hungry for runs in IPL 2018. Also, he smashed a 111-meter monster, which was the longest six of the tournament.

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ABD looked in sublime touch for RCB this year, striking the ball at a rate of almost 175.

Later on, De Villiers shocked everyone with his retirement, as one and all believed there was still a couple of cricketing years left in him, through his sensational show this season.

2. Andre Russell – 184.79

Andre Russell
Russell was also amongst the wickets this season. Photo by: Faheem Hussain /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

One of the biggest sensations in the tournament, Andre Russell, entertained the masses with his brute force, on his comeback trail.

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Russell appeared the most number of times on the leaderboard for the longest sixes in the tournament.

The Windies all-rounder struck the ball at a freak rate of almost 185, along with scoring 316 runs, coming down lower down the order.

1. Sunil Narine – 189.89

Sunil Narine
Sunil Narine played a handy role with both bat and ball. Photo by: Prashant Bhoot /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

Andre Russell’s feat was only bettered by his countrymen, Sunil Narine, who went ballistic for Kolkata Knight Riders, every time he opened for them.

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It is now the second consecutive season where Narine showed his class at the opening slot, stating his antics in the previous season, wasn’t just a fluke.

The Trinidadian walked away with the MVP award, apart from being the best striker in the tournament, with a strike-rate of 189.89.

Here’s the list

Batsmen Mat Inns NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
1  Sunil Narine 16 16 0 357 75 22.31 188 189.89 0 2 40 23
2  Andre Russell 16 14 3 316 88* 28.72 171 184.79 0 1 17 31
3  AB de Villiers 12 11 2 480 90* 53.33 275 174.54 0 6 39 30
4  Rishabh Pant 14 14 1 684 128* 52.61 394 173.6 1 5 68 37
5  Lokesh Rahul 14 14 2 659 95* 54.91 416 158.41 0 6 66 32


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