The top 5 most powerful batsmen in IPL history

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Who are the top 5 most powerful batsmen in IPL history? (min 1000 runs)

The lucrative IPL stands out as one of the top leagues around the world due to the income generated and the huge number of fans who turn out to the stadiums to watch their favourites play.

Modern era cricket demands more of audacity and thrill unlike the longer formats and IPL is no exception. So, it is unlikely that franchises will step back to pick huge hitters who can hit the long ball.

But who are the top 5 most powerful batsmen in IPL history?

Andre Russell 

MUMBAI, INDIA – MARCH 31: Andre Russell of the West Indies bats during the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Semi Final match between West Indies and India at Wankhede Stadium on March 31, 2016 in Mumbai, India. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Possessing both strength and flair, Andre Russell often presents a nightmare for opposition captains. There are no surprises that he tops the list. He strikes the ball at a jaw-dropping rate of 186.42. Russell had scored 1400 runs and averages a healthy 33.33.

Make no mistake, his 55 scalps in 61 innings at an average of 27.96 proves that he’s no mug with the ball. “Russell muscle”, as cricket fans call him, is the truest entertainer of the modern era.

 

Rishabh Pant:

VISAKHAPATNAM, INDIA – MAY 10: Rishabh Pant of the Delhi Capitals bats during the Indian Premier League IPL Qualifier Final match between the Delhi Capitals and the Chennai Super Kings at ACA-VDCA Stadium on May 10, 2019 in Visakhapatnam, India. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Seldom comes a player who marauds the ball as hard as Pant. Hardly well built. Hardly muscular. But boy! Doesn’t he hit it long? The lunatic keeper batsman from India has his share of audacity in international cricket as well. In the last three years, he has single-handedly transformed Delhi’s middle-order.

He had scored 1736 runs at an average of 36.17 at a whooping SR of 162.70. With his stunning ability to hit the ball over the tiers and athletic keeping skills, he is turning out to be one of the most valuable players IPL has ever seen.

 

 Glenn Maxwell:

Delhi Daredevils team player Glenn Maxwell during the practice session ahead the Indian Premier League IPL-2018 T20 cricket match against Rajasthan Royals at Sawai Mansingh Stadium , in Jaipur ,Rajasthan, India on 10th April,2018. (Photo by Vishal Bhatnagar/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

There is always a sense of audacity and swagger when Maxwell hits the ball. He often gets into freaky angles and gives the ball a real thump. Maxwell has the ability to treat both spinners and pacers with ridiculous ease. Throughout the IPL history, has represented three different IPL franchises. However, he will be forever remembered for his stint with Kings XI Punjab in 2014 where the “Big Show” single-handedly took KXIP to the final.

He stands third in the list of biggest ball strikers in IPL history. Maxwell has scored 1397 runs at an average of 22.90 at a staggering strike rate of 161.13. He was picked by the Delhi Capitals in the 2018 auction but had a poor season.

Virender Sehwag:

Delhi Daredevils captain Virendra Sehwag hits a ball during the IPL Twenty20 cricket match between Kings XI punjab and Delhi Daredevils at Ferozshah Kotla ground in New Delhi on May 15, 2012. AFP PHOTO / RAVEENDRAN
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Perhaps best known for belting his first ball into the stands.

He has often demolished attacks all over the world in international cricket and he stood by his reputation in IPL as well. His batting has been defined as extravagant and fearless, much like Matthew Hayden and the fear factor he induces on the bowlers is peerless.

He has scored 2728 runs at an average of 27.56 with 2 tons. But the defining factor has been his exemplary strike rate of 155.44. He had retired from IPL in 2016 and mentored KXIP the following two years. 

He is fourth on the list of the most powerful batsmen in the IPL.

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Hardik Pandya:

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 09: Hardik Pandya of India batting during the Group Stage match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between India and Australia at The Oval on June 09, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Andy Kearns/Getty Images)

A precocious young talent from Baroda who was reputed as a hitter in the domestic circles stormed his way into IPL and international cricket within a short time. India always lacked a genuine pace allrounder who can bat since Irfan Pathan.

Pandya seemed to be the long term solution with his ability never under the scanner. The Caribbean touch when he bats and his nonchalant ability to hit big sixes makes him a key asset for the Mumbai Indians.

His athleticism in the field made him a complete all-round package. Pandya averages 28.86 in IPL and has scored 1068 runs at a strike rate of 154.78. He has been an invaluable asset to the Mumbai Indians and the management will be longing for more fireworks from the prodigious Pandya.

These are the top 5 most powerful batsmen in the history of the IPL.

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