IPL Best Hitters
Even though the IPL has not forgotten the classical cricket where the batsmen hit the ball with pure timing and elegance, the batsmen are quite relying on power hitting these days.
This is how cricket has evolved from when the first six was hit in 1890 were to clear the ball out of the park was a rare feat to be recording an average of 14 sixes in last year’s IPL. So let us discuss some players who put their muscles out to hit the ball into the night sky and out of the stadium.
Here is the list of top 5 best hitters in IPL history.
#5 David Warner
Undoubtedly the best opener in IPL of all time, this pocket dynamo is a treat to watch when he gets going. He has had a great IPL career so far and is the main man behind Sunrisers Hyderabad success. Warner is an aggressive batsman in the powerplay who favors switch hits every now and then. He gets underneath the ball and with the help of his strong wrists park the ball out of the stadium.
David Warner stands at number fifth among the top 5 biggest hitters in IPL with a whopping strike rate of over 140.
#4 AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers is an explosive batsman who attacks the ball from the word go. He is a great example of a player who possesses both power and great timing. This South African is the only player who is known to strike the ball all around the park and is referred to as “Mr 360”. This player plays with ease against all bowlers.
His skill of moving around the crease and shuffling the bowlers’ mindset has been agonizing for every bowler in world cricket.
AB De Villers stands at number fourth among the top 5 biggest hitters in IPL.
#3 Hardik Pandya
Although he is a slim lad, there is no match for his power hitting in world cricket. This proves that power-hitting is not all about only your strength but also the bat speed, back lift and the hand-eye coordination you possess. Hardik Pandya has been a prime player for Mumbai Indians since he started to play for them. His blistering knock of 91 runs from 34 balls is hard to forget for any cricketing fan.
This Indian has a great hand speed while keeping his head still. He has been firepower at the end of the innings for both Indian and Mumbai Indians.
Hardik Pandya stands at number third among the top 5 biggest hitters in IPL.
#2 Chris Gayle
Don’t be amazed if you see more players from the Caribbean as they have become specialists in T-20 cricket. Chris Gayle is an explosive left-handed batsman whose hands huge bat looks just like a small twig. Chris moves faster from leg stump to the off stump than he runs between the wickets.
Nobody can forget the inning in which he hit 175 of just 66 balls with a strike rate of over 225 against the Pune Warriors. The ball goes for a six even if he miss-hits them.
Chris Gayle stands at number second among the top 5 biggest hitters in IPL.
#1 Andre Russell
It’s no surprise that we are seeing a Jamaican at the top of the list. Since the early days of cricket, West Indians have always been huge and powerful, whether it might be those steaming bouncers straight into the forehead or hitting the ball onto the roof of the stadium.
Andre Russell is no exception when it comes to sending the ball out of the park as he clears his front leg and smashes it with all his mighty power. This player has hit the fifties under twenty balls in many instances and has been a nightmare to the opposition right from the time he comes out to bat.