You can sense the excitement among the Indian fans whenever the Indian Premier League is around the corner. It is that time of the year again when the world renowned championship is all set to begin. The 10th edition is likely to have all the ingredients of great cricketainment that the IPL always offers. It is now a good time to look back at some memorable features of the tourney’s history.
Here, we look at the five batsmen with the most fifties in the tournament’s history. These batsmen have been relentless across seasons and keep notching up fifties regularly. Have a look.
5. Virat Kohli – 26 fifties:
Virat Kohli’s initial days in the IPL, when he began playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, weren’t that impressive. However, over the past three-four seasons, he has completely redefined his batting and has gone on to be the most productive performer the IPL has seen. Last season, Kohli was in the form of his life and notched up a record-breaking 973 runs. In the nine seasons thus far, Kohli has notched up 26 cracking fifties and looking at the red-hot form he has been displaying this season, that number is sure to increase in the upcoming season.
4. Suresh Raina – 28 fifties:
The IPL has been the tournament that has given Suresh Raina a freedom and impetus to express himself the best. In fact, before Kohli overtook him last season, Suresh Raina was the leading run-scorer of the tournament for a very long time. The left-handed batsman, who comes in at No.3, revels in the T20 format and has played countless match-winning knocks for the Chennai Super Kings. He is brilliant against the spinners and knows how to accelerate at just the right time. In 147 IPL matches, Raina has struck 28 fifties. Last year, Raina was made the captain of the Gujarat Lions and he will look to lead from the front and add to his tally of fifties this year.
3. Rohit Sharma – 29 fifties:
After being elevated as the captain of the Mumbai Indians, Rohit Sharma’s batting has completely transformed. He was always a good batsman in the championship and had also played quite a few sparkling match-winning knocks. But the responsibility of captaincy suited him well and Rohit and made him a more mature batsman. With his free-flowing batting style, the stylish batsman scored runs in bucketfuls. In 142 IPL matches so far, Rohit has made 29 fifties. A magnificent record, indeed.
2. Gautam Gambhir – 31 fifties:
Although he has lost favour with the national team these days, Gautam Gambhir has been one of the underrated performers in the IPL where he has set some incredible records. Apart from being captain fantastic for the Kolkata Knight Riders, Gambhir has also been regularly plundering runs across seasons. The left-handed batsman is gritty, leads from the front and has all the shots in the book to dominate bowlers. In 132 IPL matches, Gambhir has struck a very impressive 31 fifties.
1. David Warner – 32 fifties:
The Australian opener has been a revelation in the IPL and has excelled for every team he has played for. The naturally attacking left-hander has a variety of shots and revels in the flat surfaces on offer in the IPL. Especially after being made the captain of the Sunrisers Hyderabad, Warner has led from the front and scored runs almost every time he has come out to bat. In 100 IPL matches, Warner has struck an incredible 34 fifties and continues to go strong.