Indian Premier League is the most followed T20 league globally, where world-class players are featured and showcase their talent in the most competitive environment. Choosing the most dangerous batsman in the Indian Premier League is no easy task as notable players from worldwide play in this T20 league. We shall judge batsman’s performance and statistics in the IPL to determine who takes the top place and be called the Most Dangerous Batsman in the Indian Premier League.
Top 10 Most Dangerous Batsman in IPL
Below is the list of the top 10 dangerous batsmen in IPL. Keep reading to know how and why they have been ranked on the list?
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Suryakumar Yadav, who made his T20 and ODI debut for India this year, has impressed everyone with his elegant batting since joining the Mumbai Indians squad in 2018. While playing for Mumbai Indians, Suryakumar Yadav made his IPL debut against Pune Warriors in 2012. He remained with Mumbai Indians till 2013. After that, He was picked by Kolkata Knight Riders, where Yadav batted at the lower middle and played some handy cameo. He was also part of KKR’s squad that won the IPL Trophy in 2014.
However, He starts getting recognition when he joined Mumbai Indians as a top-order batsman in 2018. Suryakumar, with 512 runs, was the highest run-getter for MI in 2018. He has played 115 matches and scored 2341 runs at a strike rate of 135.71. He surely stands among the most dangerous batsman in IPL.
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Glenn Maxwell, the big show of the Indian Premier League, has remodeled the modern limited-overs game with his ability to produce unorthodox shots with ease. Glenn Maxwell made his IPL debut in place of Travis Birt, who withdraws his name from the tournament in 2012. Playing for Delhi Daredevils, Maxwell made his debut against Kolkata Knight Riders on 05-04-2012. Maxwell played only two matches in 2013. Mumbai Indians brought Glenn Maxwell, the most expensive player in IPL 2013, at a whopping price of USD 1 Million in the next season.
He was brought by Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) for the IPL 2014 season. Glenn Maxwell, who lit up the Indian Premier League in 2014 with his exceptional batting, helped Punjab to qualify for the final. With a staggering strike rate of 187.75, he scored 552 runs, the highest runs in the 7th season of IPL. Glenn showed a glimpse of his talent and is capable of becoming a dangerous batsman in IPL. After this season, he failed to impress. However, Maxwell played many good innings in IPL 2021. He scored 513 runs with a strike rate of 144.10 in IPL 2021 and make his place on this list
Overall, Glenn Maxwell has played 97 matches and scored 2018 runs.
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Rishabh Pant rated as one of the ferocious hitters of the cricket ball. During his short IPL career, The Talented led has produced many match-winning innings. He not only play powerful shots. But, can play cheeky shots as well. Recently he made headlines when he played reverse-scoop against Jofra Archer and James Anderson. Delhi Daredevils ( now Delhi Capitals) picked him in the IPL 2016 auction at a whopping price of INR 1.9 crores. He had a decent first season for Delhi.
Pant showed his true talent to the world in the second season. In the second season, he scored 366 runs with a strike rate of 165.61. He played a knock of 97 runs against Gujarat Lions that proved his capability. In the third season for Delhi, Rishabh Pant smashed 684 runs with an average of 52.91 and a strike rate of 173.60, including an inning of 125 runs against Sunrisers Hyderabad. He was a one-man army for Delhi Capitals for that season. Based on his performance, he got an opportunity to play for India in ICC World Cup 2019.
The Aggressive batsman possesses all the skill sets required to become the most dangerous batsman in the Indian Premier League in upcoming years. He has played 84 matches so far and made 2498 runs with a strike rate of 147.46.
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Hardik Pandya, who portrays his strength to strike the ball, stands amongst the most dangerous batsman in IPL. The enormous power of Pandya is the clean strike of the cricket ball. Hardik Pandya made his IPL debut from Mumbai Indians’ side in 2015 and has never looked back since then. He scored 112 runs with an average of 22.40 in 9 matches in his first IPL season. But, He added these runs with a tremendous strike rate of 180.64 and won two ‘man of the match award’. Mumbai won their second title in 2015.
Since his debut, He is an integral part of the Mumbai Indians team. He has played many memorial innings throughout his IPL career. In 2019, Pandya struck 91 runs off 34 balls in a losing cause after coming in to bat when Mumbai was at 58/4 in the 9th over following a top-order collapse while chasing 233 against Kolkata Knight Riders. He has a strike rate of 191.42 in 2019.
Overall, Hardik has played 92 matches and added 1476 runs with a strike rate of 153.91. Apart from batting, He also chipped with his fast-medium bowling. Hardik is the 7th most dangerous batsman in IPL, according to our list.
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The Destructive batsman from Trinidad announced himself on the biggest T20 league with back-to-back performance in Champions League T20 and Big Bash League in 2009. Four IPL teams bid the maximum allotted amount for him in 2010. But Mumbai Indians grabbed him in a silent-tie breaker. Pollard made his debut against Delhi on 17-03-2010. He scored only 273 runs in his first season for Mumbai. But, he played some crucial innings, including an inning of 33* runs off 13 balls against RCB in the semifinal, which helped Mumbai Indians to qualify for the IPL final. With each passing season of the Indian Premier League, Kieron Pollard has become a pivotal part of the Mumbai Indians’ squad.
Kieron Pollard has scored 3268 runs in 178 matches. He achieved these runs at a strike rate of nearly 150 and an average of 29.98. That suggests that he must be on this list.
The 5th Most Dangerous Batsman in IPL- Andre Russell
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Andre Russell makes his place in this list with the best strike rate in the history of the Indian Premier League to his name. Dre Russ is a true power hitter and exceptional bowler in limited-overs cricket. Russell started his IPL journey from Delhi Daredevils camp. The Caribbean cricketer was brought from Delhi in IPL 2012 auction at a goodly amount of USD 4.50 Lakh. In IPL 2012, He managed to score only 47 runs while playing four matches. Russell Muscle was brought by Kolkata Knight Riders ahead of IPL 2014. He did not contribute much to winning the IPL 2014.
The world saw his sensational power-hitting character in 2015. With a stunning strike rate of 192.89, he scored 326 runs at an average of 36.22. Russell was the third-highest run-getter, including three ‘man of the match award’ for KKR in the IPL 2015 season. In 2016, He played a crucial part in propelling KKR into the play-offs. Ahead of IPL 2017, KKR faced a significant setback as their premier all-rounder had faced banned for one year. But, He arrived in the next season with a bang, including an IPL career-best inning of 88* runs. He scored 316 runs with a strike rate of 184.79 in the IPL 2018.
In IPL 2019 season, He was the highest run-getter for KKR, with a monstrous strike rate of 204.81. Andre Russell who smashed 510 runs with a tremendous average of 56.66, was the third-highest run-getter in 2019.
Dre Russ has played 84 matches and made 1700 runs with a record strike rate of 178.57.
The 4th Most Dangerous Batsman in IPL- MS Dhoni
Thala MS Dhoni, the beloved cricketer of Chennai Super Kings fans, has achieved so much in his career that makes him one of the finest cricketers in the shorter format. While batting in a challenging situation, his cool and calm nature makes him one of the most dangerous batsmen in the Indian Premier League. CSK made the highest bid for playing Dhoni in the yellow jersey in the inaugural auction of IPL.
The Former Indian Team Captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, has led his team to the IPL final. But, they lost the final against Rajasthan Royals on the last ball. Chennai Super Kings has won the IPL tournament on three occasions under his captaincy. First, they won the IPL title in 2010, second in 2011 and third in 2018. CSK has reached the playoff in every season of IPL except in 2020.
Coming to his batting, he is one of the cleanest hitters of the cricketing ball. Batting at the middle order and scoring almost 300 runs in every season with a healthy strike rate is not easy. Chennai Super Kings faced a two-year ban in 2015, and when CSK got back, he led the team by scoring runs at an average of 75.83 and a strike rate of 150.66, and CSK won their third title in 2018. In the Next year, He added runs with an average of 83.20. CSK reached the final in 2019. But, they lost the final against Mumbai Indians by one run.
MS has scored 4746 runs in 220 matches with a strike rate of 135.83 and an average of 39.55. He deserves to rank in a higher position on this list. But he is looking off-color from the last two seasons. So we have ranked him as the 4th most dangerous batsman in the Indian Premier League.
The 3rd Most Dangerous Batsman in IPL- Virat Kohli
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Any list related to batting is deficient without the inclusion of Virat Kohli. According to our list, Virat Kohli, the Superstar of moderate cricket, set high standards for others and is the 3rd most dangerous batsman in the Indian Premier League. Virat Kohli is a phenomenal batsman who likes to lead from the front. He started his IPL journey in 2008 from Royal Challengers Bangalore team. In his first season, Virat added 165 runs with an average of 15.00 and a strike rate of 105.09 in 13 IPL matches. Virat Kohli improved his batting in the next season, scoring 246 and 307 runs in the 2nd and 3rd seasons.
Based on his batting performance, Royal Challengers Bangalore retained him ahead of IPL 2011. The Virat Kohli era started in IPL 2011 when he scored the second-highest run in the IPL 2011. He accumulated 557 runs at a strike rate of 121.08 and an average of 46.41, which helped RCB reach the IPL final in 2011. King Kohli scored 364 runs, 634 runs, 359 runs, and 505 runs in the next four seasons. Virat Kohli, who smashed 973 runs in IPL 2016, unleashed the stupendous cricketer residing in him and became the most dangerous batsman in IPL 2016.
He compiled these runs with an average of 81.08 and a strike rate of 152.03. He also scored 4 centuries during the season. With 973 runs, Kohli holds the record for the most runs in the Indian Premier League season. Recently He also becomes the first player to score over 6000 runs in IPL history.
Overall, he has played 207 matches and scored 6283 runs with an average of 37.39 and a strike rate of 129.94. He is the top contender to become the most dangerous batsman in the world.
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The Second Most Dangerous Batsman in IPL- Chris Gayle
Universe Boss Chris Gayle, the only player on the planet to score more than 14000 runs in the T20 format and the 2nd most dangerous batsman in the Indian Premier League, is known as one of the greatest strikers of the cricket ball ever. Chris Gayle has the most records of T20 to his name. Chris Gayle lit up the opening match of the inaugural edition of the ICC T20 World Cup in 2007 by scoring a century against South Africa. He also becomes the first player to hit centuries in all three formats.
Based on the performance in T20, he got picked by KKR at a whopping price in the IPL 2009 auction. He made his IPL debut against Delhi. Due to national duty, he played only seven matches in his first IPL season. He had a decent next season of IPL. In 2011, He did not find any buyer in the IPL auction. However, Chris Gayle, who got dropped from ODI and the T20 series against Pakistan, got a chance to join the Royal Challengers Bangalore team in place of Dirk Nannes, who got injured.
Chris Gayle announced himself with a hundred in his opening match for RCB against his former IPL team. He lit up the next three seasons of IPL with his blitzing batting. Universe Boss scored two centuries in IPL 2011. During the IPL 2011, He smashed 37 runs in one over of Prasanth Parameswaran. Gayle scored 608 runs in 12 matches with a strike rate of 183.13 and an average of 67.55. In the following season, He smashed 733 runs with an average of 61.08 and a strike rate of 160.74. Chris Gayle, who scored the most runs in IPL 2011 and IPL 2012, won orange cap in both seasons.
He produced a destructive inning of 175* against Pune Warriors India in the IPL 2013. With 175 runs off 66 balls with the help of 17 thunderous sixes and 13 fours, Chris Gayle recorded the highest individual score in T20. Gayle single handly took the RCB team to register the highest total in IPL history.
He has played 142 matches and scored 4965 runs with an average of 39.72 and a strike rate of 148.96. Chris Gayle, with six centuries, holds the record for most centuries in IPL.
AB De Villiers– The Most Dangerous Batsman in IPL
If the definition of an ideal T20 batsman would ever be written, AB de Villiers would tick all boxes. AB de Villiers possess the skill set and expertise required to become the most dangerous batsman in the Indian Premier League. AB de Villiers is one of the few overseas players who has been part of the IPL since the existence of this tournament. He is one of the most versatile batsmen who can play 360-degree shots against any bowler with ease. He can do anything on a cricket pitch, from playing innings full of big sixes and beautiful fours to a sensible run and ball innings. An Abundance of Natural ability make him the top most dangerous batsman in IPL.
AB De Villiers got picked by Dehli Daredevils in the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League. He played six IPL matches and scored 95 runs in his first season. When the tournament shifted to South Africa in 2009, He showed his talent by smashing 465 runs with the help of one superb hundred against Chennai Super Kings. He was the highest run-getter for Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2009. He had a below-average season with the bat in the following season, which led Delhi to release him ahead of the IPL 2011 Auction.
Royal Challengers Bangalore picked him in IPL 2011 auction at a whopping amount of USD 1.5 million. Since joining the RCB camp, He never looked back. He performed consistently throughout his IPL career and played many match-winning innings. Now, Mr.360 has a huge fan base in India.
Overall, ABD has compiled 5162 runs in 184 IPL matches at an average of 39.70 and a strike rate of 151.68. He also scored three centuries and 40 half-centuries. Without the presence of ABD, what would have been IPL?
Dangerous Batsman in IPL
|1||AB De Villiers||RCB|
|2||Chris Gayle||Punjab Kings|