We have seen cricketers who have lit up the Indian Premier League with their talent and cricketing skills. Every season we have seen some new players steal the season by performing well in this toughest T20 league. However, there are some high-class cricketers who have performed well throughout the history of the Indian Premier League. So, it becomes harder to find out; who is the king of IPL. We shall judge players’ performance in IPL to determine the real king of Indian Premier League.
Indian Premier League is known for its competitive environment and performing well in front of a full-packed crowd against top-class players in IPL help him in becoming a world-class cricketer. Indian Premier League has produced a number of world-class Indian players; Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Suryakumar Yadav. Apart from Indian, IPL also produced likes of Anrich Nortje, Kieron Pollard.
Who is The King of IPL
After a deep analysis of stats/records of players and their contribution to winning the IPL trophy in the Indian Premier League, We have chosen five players in ascending orders as contenders for the King of Indian Premier League. This ascending order is based on total trophies won, total runs in the Indian Premier League, and orange/purple cap. The answer to this question- ‘who is King of Indian Premier League’ can vary from person to person.
Suresh Raina who is known as Mr.IPL has lit up many seasons in the Indian Premier League with his batting and fielding. The Left-handed batsman is one of the consistent batsmen in the Indian Premier League. Coming to his batting stats, Suresh Raina has scored 5528 runs at a strike rate of 136.76 in 205 IPL matches until now. He also holds the record for most runs for more than 10 years in the Indian Premier League. Apart from batting, he also picked 25 wickets in the Indian Premier League. Suresh Raina was part of the Chennai Super Kings’ squad that won the IPL title in 2010, 2011, 2018, and 2021.
Why Raina is ranked in the 5th spot: In the last season, He is not looking good and scored 160 runs at an average of 17.77, this is below his standard. Another reason for placing in this spot is because he has never won the orange cap in the history of the Indian Premier League.
Virat Kohli who is known as King Kohli is the leading run-scorer in the Indian Premier League. He also became the first player in the history of IPL to reach the six-thousand runs mark in the Indian Premier League. Virat Kohli has played 207 games so far and scored 6283 runs with an average of 37.39 and a strike rate of 129.94.
Virat Kohli who scored 973 runs in a single season of Indian Premier League in 2016, holds the record of most runs scored in one IPL season. He has won orange cap once. Virat who hit five centuries in the Indian Premier League ranks second on the list of most centuries in IPL. He is in the third spot when it comes to hitting most fifties in IPL with 42 fifties. (source)
Why Virat Kohli is ranked in the 4th spot: There is no doubt that when comes to batting there is no bigger player than Virat Kohli in the Indian Premier League. However, when choosing a King of Indian Premier League, a player needs to do well in other fields too. Virat Kohli neither won an IPL trophy as a captain nor was part of the IPL trophy-winning team. That’s the reason we have placed him in this spot. However, in the coming years maybe he can win an IPL title and become the King of IPL.
David Warner who has scored 5449 runs in the Indian Premier League holds the record for most runs by an overseas player in the Indian Premier League. David Warner has played 150 matches and added 5449 runs with a staggering average of 41.59 and a strike rate of 139.96. He is the fifth-highest run-getter in the Indian Premier League.
David Warner who has won 3 orange caps in the Indian Premier League holds the record for winning the most orange caps in the Indian Premier League. He has also hit the maximum number of the Fifties in the Indian Premier League with 50 half-centuries. David who hit 4 centuries ranks third on the list of most centuries. Under his captaincy, Sunrisers Hyderabad has won an IPL trophy in 2016.
Why David Warner has ranked in the 3rd spot: David Warner ranks above Virat Kohli because he has won 3 orange caps and one IPL trophy. David Warner has been struggling in the last season. That’s why we rank him as the third contender.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is one of the best captains in the history of the Indian Premier League. Under the captaincy of MS, the Kings have won four IPL titles. CSK won its first IPL title in 2010 and then in 2011. After serving a two-year ban, CSK won its third title in 2018 and then in 2021. MS Dhoni was King of IPL for many seasons. However, in the last few years, there is a new contender for this title.
MS Dhoni has scored 4746 runs with an average of 39.55 and strike rate of 135.83 in 220 matches until now. He is the 8th highest run-getter in the Indian Premier League history. Coming to bat in the middle order and scoring these runs is not an easy task. He also won many games for CSK.
Why MS Dhoni is ranked in the 2nd spot: MS Dhoni has played nine finals as a captain and won four finals in the Indian Premier League. He was also part of the Rising Pune Supergiants team that lost the final against Mumbai Indians in 2017. However, we have seen a glimpse of vintage Dhoni in the first qualifier match in 2021 against Delhi Capital. You may see him again as king of the Indian Premier League in the coming years.
Rohit Sharma who has won six IPL trophies including 5 IPL trophies as a captain, is regarded as the real King of IPL. Rohit Sharma is the most successful captain in the history of the Indian Premier League with five IPL titles and the highest win percentage to his name. The Mumbai Batsman turn the clock in favor of Mumbai Indians when he was given responsibilities of captaincy in 2013.
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Mumbai Indians who have never won the IPL trophy before 2013 today found themselves as the most successful team in the Indian Premier League. Under the leadership of Rohit, Mumbai has won five IPL trophies. They won IPL trophy in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020. They also became the only second IPL team after Chennai Super Kings that has won the IPL title in two consecutive seasons.
Coming to his batting stats, Rohit Sharma has scored 5611 runs so far at an average of 31.17 and a strike rate of 130.39 in 213 matches. He is the third-leading scorer in the Indian Premier League history. He ranks third on the list of maximum sixes hit in IPL with 227 sixes. Apart from Mumbai Indians, he was also part of the Deccan Chargers team that won the IPL title in 2009. Rohit Sharma has played five IPL finals as a captain and won all the IPL finals. That is why is the King of IPL.
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