The IPL 2021 season concluded on Friday with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) taking home the prestigious trophy for the fourth time in its history. They defeated Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Dubai to cap off a brilliant season for them. There were two phases in the tournament – one in India and the other in the UAE. It was a season where the Indian players comfortably outshone the foreign cricketers.
There were plenty of stunning individual performances in IPL 2021, ranging from Sanju Samson’s 119 against Punjab Kings (PBKS) to Harshal Patel’s 5/27 in the season opener against Mumbai Indians. While some of them fought a lone battle like KL Rahul for Punjab Kings, others formed a brilliant partnership like Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis for CSK.
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1) Ruturaj Gaikwad – 635 runs in 16 matches
The 24-year-old Gaikwad won the orange cap for his tally of 635 runs in 16 matches. In the process, he became the second uncapped player in IPL history to earn the cap. He was extraordinary for CSK, often building the perfect platform for the rest of the batsmen to build on. Gaikwad also scored his maiden century in the IPL against Rajasthan Royals (RR), albeit in a losing cause. The right-hander averaged 45.36 in the tournament and scored 23 sixes, the second-highest after KL Rahul.