The ninth season of Indian Premier League has been a run feast for many batsmen and it has been a magnificent display of batting by the top run-getters so far. These batsmen have scored runs as a matter of habit. When was the last time we saw such constancy by a bunch of batsmen? Their hunger for runs never dies and probably that has been the driving force behind the success of these batsmen.
Let’s have a look at the top five run-getters of the IPL 2016.
1) Virat Kohli – Current holder of the ‘Orange Cap’ and the leading run-scorer of IPL 2016, Virat Kohli has been scoring runs for fun, isn’t it? In 8 matches, Kohli has amassed 541 runs at an astounding average of 90.16 and a strike rate of 144.65. To go along with 4 fifties, he has hit 2 stupendous centuries. The first ton came in a losing cause but Kohli like always came back stronger and made sure that his second century came in a winning cause. RCB are positioned seventh in the points table but if their skipper continues scoring at the same rate, Royal Challengers have a very good chance to make it through to the play-offs. They still have 6 games left and in order to make it to the top four by the end of the season, RCB need at least 5 more wins. Who better to make it happen than Virat Kohli?
2) Ajinkya Rahane – Having scored 417 runs at an average of 52.12, Ajinkya Rahane is the second leading run-getter in IPL 2016. Just like Royal Challengers Bangalore, even Rising Pune Supergiants are at the bottom of the points table. Even after scoring runs with regularity, Rahane finds his team lagging at the bottom. He has got 6 fifties but out of those six 50s, 3 of them have come in a losing cause as he hasn’t got the support of other batsmen. Rahane has four games in his hands to catch up with Kohli but looking at the way Virat Kohli is going it looks improbable.
3) David Warner – Skipper of Sunrisers Hyderabad has led from the front throughout the tournament so far. With 410 runs and five 50-plus scores, Warner has outclassed rest of his Aussie team mates. None of the Australian batsmen feature in the top 10 run-getters, apart from David Warner. With a strike-rate of 166.66, Warner has taken the pressure off his partner, Shikhar Dhawan. He has shown aggression and in a way that has helped Dhawan to get back in form. As a result of this consistency of their openers David-Dhawan, Sunrisers Hyderabad have been able to maintain their position in top-four.
4) Gautam Gambhir – Gautam Gambhir has been one of the most consistent batsmen in IPL history and as a captain of Kolkata Knight Riders, his record with the bat is exceptional. He has not only scored consistently but also with his fine captaincy skills, Gambhir has ensured that Kolkata Knight Riders are at the top of the stack. In 9 innings, Gambhir has scored 393 runs and if he continues playing in the same manner, Kolkata Knight Riders have high odds of winning their third IPL title this year. Along with his opening partner Robin Uthappa, Gambhir has stitched vital partnerships at the top in most of the matches. Gambhir is behind Kohli by 148 runs but if he gets a couple of 70+ scores, there are chances of Gambhir getting close to Kohli. You can say one of the reasons behind KKR’s solid run has been the steadiness of captain Gambhir.
5) Rohit Sharma – With 383 runs, Rohit Sharma is the fifth highest run-scorer of the season. Rohit has become a master of run-chases of late as he has got five half-centuries while chasing and Mumbai Indians have won all of them. Mumbai Indians didn’t have a great start to their IPL 9 campaign but the captain has stepped in and due to his match-winning knocks, MI are still in the hunt. Mumbai Indians still have five matches to be play and Rohit Sharma would like to continue scoring in the same way and take his team to the play-offs.