The 13th season of the Indian Premier League [IPL] is all set to kickstart in the United Arab Emirates from September 19. And, as is the case with the beginning of every edition, fans, pundits and writers have started predicting who they think will lead the batting and bowling departments for the respective sides.
So, we at Cricket Addictor thought, why not stroll down memory lane and reminisce about the batsmen who lead the charts as far as scoring most runs in a single season of the cash-rich league?
Here’s a look-
Chris Gayle- 733 runs in IPL 2012, RCB
If ever there is an IPL ‘Hall of Fame’, then ‘Universe Boss’ Christopher Henry Gayle will be among the very first entrants in that elusive club. Gayle has represented the likes of Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Kings XI Punjab in the past 12 seasons of the IPL but it was his exploits with the Bengaluru-based franchise that etched his name in the folklore of the cash-rich league.
And, it’s ridiculous when you think of the fact that Chris Gayle went unsold in the 2011 IPL auctions. Gayle has only recalled midday through the season as an injury replacement of Dirk Nannes by RCB. The move proved to be a masterstroke as Gayle went on to dominate the league for the next 3-4 years.
Gayle announced his arrival with a brutal hundred against his former franchise KKR, and the burly Jamaican did not take a backward step after that as he went about slaughtering bowling attacks for the next three seasons. Despite missing the first six games of the 2011 season, Chris Gayle still finished as the leading run-getter- 608 runs in 12 games at an average of 67.55- in the 2011 edition.
But, as he eventually proved, it was just a trailer of what was to follow. The ‘Universe Boss’ smashed all the records in the succeeding season as he became the first batsmen to scale the 700-run mark in a single edition of the tournament. Gayle finished with 733 runs in 17 innings at an average of 61.08 and a strike-rate of 160.74, which also included seven half-centuries and one hundred.
His best innings of the season came against Delhi Daredevils [Capitals]; a whirlwind 62-ball 128 consisting of 7 fours and 13 sixes.