IPL has become the most celebrated domestic sports event in India. With cricketers participating from within the country and overseas, showcasing their talent, IPL is one of the most viewed sports events in India. In this list, we are going to talk about those players who have made the most runs overall in this league for their respective teams. These players have made the league, even more, entertaining with their batting skills. They often become the key players in their team’s victory. These are the top ten players with most runs in the Indian Premier League:
- VIRAT KOHLI
Unarguably one of the best batsmen of all time, Virat Kohli has made many records throughout his cricket career. In IPL he holds the record of scoring the most runs till now. Kohli has been representing Royal Challengers Bangalore from the inaugural season of IPL in 2008. Though the team hasn’t managed to lift the cup yet, Kohli’s batting skills have been one of the major contributors in the team’s won matches so far. From 2008 Kohli has batted in161 out of 169 matches and scored a total of 5151. Kohli’s highest score is 113. He played at an average of 38.15 with a strike rate of 130.57. Kohli stayed not out in 26 of those innings. He smashed 453 4’s and 181 6’s. Which helped him to score 4 centuries and 35 half-centuries.
2. SURESH RAINA
Suresh Raina holds the second spot in the list of most run-getters in IPL. Raina made his IPL debut in 2008 with Chennai Super Kings. Raina has been contributing for CSK from the start and played for Gujarat Lions in between. Raina has been a key player for CSK. Raina made a total score of 5117 runs. His best inning is when he scored a century not out. Raina played in 178 innings in 182 matches. In 2014, Raina made the record of scoring the 4th fastest 50 in IPL, against Kings XI Punjab for CSK. He scored that half-century in just 16 balls. Raina scored a total of 35 half-centuries. Raina plays at a strike rate of 137.62 with an average of 33.88. Raina hit a total of 463 fours and 189 sixes in his IPL career. Raina also holds the record of hitting 4rth most sixes in IPL.
3. ROHIT SHARMA
Rohit Sharma is one of the best Indian batsmen of his generation. His focus and dedication towards the game have made him one of the most popular Indian cricketers in the world. Sharma has been leading Mumbai Indians before he represented Deccan Chargers briefly. From 2018, Sharma has participated in 178 matches and battled in 173 innings. He scored a total of 4611, with his highest score being 109*. He plays at an average of 31.58 with a strike rate of 130.80. Rohit scored 34 half-centuries in his IPL career, with smashing a total of 395 fours and 186 sixes. Rohit has hit sixth most sixes in IPL.
4. DAVID WARNER
David Warner has established himself as one of the best batsmen of all time. Warner made his IPL debut in 2009. He led the Delhi Daredevils before and currently represents the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL. In 2017, David Warner scored a century in just 43 balls for Sunrisers Hyderabad, which became the sixth fastest century in IPL. Warner batted in total 120 innings and made a total of 4363 runs, with an average of 42.35 and at a strike rate of 142.48. Warner’s highest score in a single innings is 126. Warner hit a total of 432 fours and 171 sixes which helped him to become the 4rth player in IPL with most runs.
5. ROBIN UTHAPPA
Uthappa made his IPL debut in the first season in IPL. Uthappa is one of the most experienced players since he has been playing domestic cricket in India for years. He has previously represented Mumbai Indians, Pune Warriors, and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. But he has been proved one of the most valuable players for Kolkata Knight Riders. He played a major role for KKR in both the times KKR lifted the cup. Uthappa has scored a total of 4312 runs in 165 innings. Uthappa’s highest score in a single innings is 87. He has a strike rate of 131.94 with an average of 29.13. He has 24 half-centuries in his name. Uthappa hit a total of 427 fours and 151 sixes across his IPL career.
6. GAUTAM GAMBHIR
Gautam Gambhir’s contribution to the Indian national cricket team is undeniable. In the inaugural season of IPl Gambhir represented Delhi Daredevils. Later he went on to play for Kolkata Knight Riders. He represented Kolkata till 2018. He led Kolkata in two victories in 2012 and 2014 respectively. Gambhir batted in 152 innings and made a total score of 4217 runs. Gambhir played at a strike rate of 123.88 with an average of 31.00. Gambhir’s highest score in IPL is 93. He smashed a total of 36 half-centuries. With a total of 492 fours and 59 sixes in his IPL career, Gambhir has become the sixth highest scorer of the league.
7. SHIKHAR DHAWAN
Shikhar Dhawan has become one of the most popular Indian cricketers. Dhawan has represented many teams since his debut in the inaugural season of IPL. Dhawan led the Deccan Chargers, Delhi Daredevils, Mumbai Indians, and lastly Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL. Dhawan had a great run and was a key player of Surisers Hyderabad. But he moved to the Delhi Capitals this year for financial reasons. Dhawan has batted in a total of 148 innings and scored 4210 runs in total. With an average of 32.89 and a strike rate of 123.24, Dhawan has become the 7th highest run scorer in IPL. His highest score is 95*. Dhawan has managed to hit 478 fours and 87 sixes in total in his IPL career until now.
8. MS DHONI
The former captain of the Indian national team, MS Dhoni is considered to be one of the best batsmen-wicket keepers of this century. Dhoni has a huge fan following in and outside of India, which easily makes him one among the most popular players in IPL. Dhoni has been leading the Chennai Super Kings in IPL from the very first season. He briefly played for the Rising Pune Supergiant in-between. Dhoni batted in 162 innings out of 181 matches that he led. He made a score of 4172 in total, which is the 8th highest score in IPL. His highest individual score is 79*. He plays at an average of 41.30 with a strike rate of 137.64. Dhoni smashed a total of 21 half-centuries. Dhoni hit a total of 285 fours and 192 sixes which is the third most sixes by an individual in IPL.
9. CHRIS GAYLE
The West Indies player is known for his destructive way of batting. Gayle debuted in IPL in 2009 and led Kolkata Knight Riders. He was later bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore team. Though RCB never lifted the trophy, Gayle has hit his fair share of big hits. Gayle holds many records in IPL. He made the list of highest individual scores in a single innings twice scoring 175* and 128* runs respectively. Gayle hit a total of 338 fours and 303 sixes, which is the highest number of sixes hit by a player. Gayle batted in 116 innings and scored 4154 runs in total. He scored 6 centuries and 25 half-centuries in his IPL career. He also holds the record of hitting most sixes in an innings(17). He scored the fastest century in IPL in just 30 balls. He scored the fifth fastest fifty in just 17 balls.
10. AB DE VILLIERS
De Villiers is another batsman who is famous for his destructive way of batting. De Villiers is an immensely talented cricketer praised for his improvising skills. De Villiers debuted in the inaugural season in IPL. He has played for the Delhi Daredevils and has been leading Royal Challengers Bangalore for the longest. He is the tenth most run scorer in IPL. De Villiers batted in 135 innings and scored 4126 runs in total. De Villiers holds the record for third (133) and fourth (129) highest individual scores. He plays at a strike rate of 151.19. In his IPL career, De Villiers scored a total of 3 centuries and 30 half-centuries. He holds the record of hitting the 2nd most sixes which is 198, with 338 fours. He also holds the record of hitting 3rd most sixes (12) in a single inning. He scored the fifth fastest century in IPL in merely just 43 balls.