IPL has become the most popular and celebrated domestic league among the Indian cricket fans. Currently, the 12th season is going on and a total of 8 teams are battling it out to make it to the top and win the trophy. Every year so many great players participate in this league, showcasing their immense talent and become our favorite. But there are some cricketers who always leaves a bigger impact on the field and on our memory. These are the big guns of the game. They are more than often the key players or the match winners of the team. Because of their huge fan following, they frequently become the crowd pullers of the match. These are the top ten most popular cricketers in IPL.
- VIRAT KOHLI
There’s no surprise here. The current captain of the national cricket team of India has been leading the Royal Challengers Bangalore team from the very start of IPL. With 37.1M followers on Facebook, 29.1M and 31.7M followers on Twitter and Instagram respectively, Virat Kohli is among the most active and followed cricketer on social media. He is one of the best cricketers of this century. Over the years Virat Kohli has become one of the most loved cricketers not only in India but the world. With his passion and dedication towards the game, he has become one among the most successful cricketers in a very short period of time. One of the best batsmen of all time, Kohli has scored 4,948 runs from 163 games with 34 half-centuries. Though RCB never won the trophy, it didn’t stop Kohli from giving his best, nor it stopped his fans from screaming his names whenever the star player came out on the field.
2. MS DHONI
The former captain of the national cricket team of India is undoubtedly one of the most popular cricketers of all time. Captain Cool is also often considered among the most successful Indian captains of all time. Dhoni has been leading Chennai Super Kings from the very first season. He also led the team to victory thrice. Dhoni has a huge fan following in and outside of India. Dhoni has scored 4,016 IPL runs at an average of 40.16. When he made his comeback last year he scored an impressive 455 runs with a strike rate of 150.66. Dhoni is also one of the most followed cricketers on social media though he is also the least active cricketer on those platforms.
3. ROHIT SHARMA
Rohit Sharma is the captain of the Mumbai Indians team in IPL. Rohit Sharma is one of the best batsmen of his generation. Sharma has led the Mumbai team to three glorious victories in the IPL. He is also the highest scorer in the team. Sharma has scored 4,493 runs in IPL and hit 34 half-centuries, that put him on the third position on the list of all-time scorers’. Sharma has proven his capabilities as a captain and a batsman who is able to stand out as an opener or a middle-order batsman. Sharma also has a huge fan base on social media.
4. SHANE WATSON
The Australian all-rounder has been a fan favorite for many years. Shane Watson made his IPL debut in 2008 for Rajasthan Royals and led the team to victory that same year. Last year Watson represented Chennai Super Kings and played a major role in the team’s glorious victory, as he scored a century in the finals. Watson is one of the greatest all-rounders of all time. When he retired in 2016 he held the record of being the world No. 1 all-rounder in T20 Internationals.
5. CHRIS GAYLE
Chris Gayle has been one of the most popular and celebrated cricketers for many years. Gayle is known for his destructive batting skills, especially in T20. Gayle has made many records across his cricket career. Gayle is the first batsman in the world to score 10,000 runs in all forms of T20 cricket. He holds the record of being the only batsman in the world who smashed a hundred in T20I, a double hundred in ODI and a triple hundred in Test Cricket. Gayle didn’t have a great fortune while being in the team Royal Challengers Bangalore, but he is having a good run after Punjab bought him in 2018. Gayle has a strike rate of 150.17, which is one of the highest in the league.
6. DAVID WARNER
David Warner has been a major contributor to the team Surisers Hyderabad since he joined the team in 2014. He led the team to victory in 2016. Warner was banned by BCCI for being involved in the ball-tampering scandal in 2018. He has joined the Hyderabad team again this year. Warner is undoubtedly one of the best batsmen of his era. Warner holds the record for smashing the highest score among the overseas players in the IPL. He has scored 4014 runs with an average of 40.54.
7. ANDRE RUSSELL
Another immensely talented all-rounder is Andre Russell. The Jamaican cricketer represents Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League. Though Russell has missed many matches because of his injuries, his presence in the team remains as much crucial as ever. Russell has proven many times that he can singlehandedly take a team to win a match. Russell made his debut for KKR in 2014 and played a major role in its way to victory, the same year.
8. SHIKHAR DHAWAN
Shikhar Dhawan is another player among the most popular players in IPL. Dhawan played for the Sunrisers Hyderabad since 2013 and was a leading run scorer of the team with 2768 runs from 91 innings. As of 2019, he is representing his home town Delhi Daredevils. Shikhar Dhawan is one of the best batsmen of his generation and holds many records on his name. He is the fastest Indian batsmen to reach 3,000 ODI runs. Shikhar is one of the most famous cricketers in India.
9. JASPRIT BUMRAH
Bumrah has been representing Mumbai Indians from the start of his IPL career. Bumrah has become one of the best bowlers in the world, especially in delivering yorkers. Bumrah holds the record of taking the third highest wickets in test matches in a debut year, where he played in 9 matches and took 48 wickets. Bumrah became famous for his unorthodox bowling action. Currently, he is the number one bowler in ODI format in the world and India’s biggest strike bowler. Bumrah plays a key role in every match for Mumbai Indians. Mumbai Indians surely won’t let go of this gem any time soon.
10. SUNIL NARINE
Sunil Narine has become one of the most crucial parts of Kolkata Knight Riders. Narine took 112 wickets from 98 matches which made him the third-highest wicket taker in the IPL. Narine also has become one of the best all-rounders for KKR, with his aggressive batting. Narine has scored 628 runs with a strike rate of 168.81. Narine even holds the record for scoring the joint second-fastest fifty in the IPL. Which he scored in just 14 balls against RCB in 2017. Narine is definitely one of the most talked about player in IPL.