Every year, players from different nations gather together to play the IPL. In IPL, ten teams compete to win the title. Naturally, the batsmen want to score the most runs in a season, and the bowlers want the most wickets.
An in-form batsman is a boon for any team. If a team’s batsmen score the most runs within a season, it’s easy to chase or set up a target.
Since IPL is a T20 league, scoring in a row is also difficult. It’s always a high-pressure situation, and the bowlers are of top quality. Therefore few batsmen manage to score high runs in the tournament.
List of the Most Runs in a single season of IPL
|S.N.||Name of Players||Team||Year||Runs|
|10.||KL Rahul||Kings XI Punjab||2020/21||670|
|9.||Rishabh Pant||Dehli Daredevils||2018||684|
|8.||AB de Villiers||Royal Challengers Banglore||2016||687|
|7.||David Warner||Sunrisers Hyderabad||2019||692|
|6.||Chris Gayle||Royal Challengers Banglore||2013||708|
|5.||Micheal Hussey||Chennai Super Kings||2013||733|
|4.||Chris Gayle||Royal Challengers Banglore||2012||733|
|3.||Kane Williamson||Sunrisers Hyderabad||2018||735|
|2.||David Warner||Sunrisers Hyderabad||2016||848|
|1.||Virat Kohli||Royal Challengers Banglore||2016||973|
10. KL Rahul
- Average: 42.06
- Strike Rate: 138.15
The current opening batsman for India has played for three different teams in the IPL. First, he was a good player for the RCB. But he shined in the Kings XI Punjab team.
Kings XI Punjab bought him in 2018 after he missed a season in 2017. Since then, KL Rahul has smashed more than 2,500 runs for his team.
He found success as an opening batsman. His highest score till now was in the 2020/21 season, as he scored 670 runs.
But, he has the lowest strike rate of the top 10 scorers. It’s just at 129.34, which is a poor strike rate considering the number of runs.
Despite his stellar performance, the Kings XI Punjab have won an IPL trophy. It will be very interesting to see which teams bid for him in the next mega auction.
9. Rishabh Pant
- Average: 35.18
- Strike Rate: 147.46
Dehli Capitals bought Rishabh Pant when he was playing for India U-19. He is a very talented batsman.
Apart from that, he is also an explosive batsman. Therefore, he is well-known for his high strike rate knocks.
In 2018, he scored 684 runs in a single season. During the season, he scored at an average of 52.61.
His strike rate was equally impressive at 173.64. Again, this is the highest strike rate on this list. Also, he is the youngest player on this list.
He is currently just 25. Therefore he will play the IPL for at least a decade more. So there’s a high chance that he will score even more runs. Now, he is also the captain of the Dehli Daredevils.
8. AB de Villiers
- Average: 39.70
- Strike Rate: 151.68
Mr 360 degree batter is one of the best players in T20 cricket. Over his career, he has scored more than 1000 runs in the T20 format alone.
Bowlers are intimidated to bowl to AB de Villiers as he can hit it all over the park. So it’s natural that he would score high runs in the IPL as well.
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In 2016, RCB reached the finals. He played an essential role in the season. During the season, he hit 687 runs with a strike rate of 168.79. In the season, he hit a century and six fifties. The highest score during the season was 129 runs.
During the season, he had an average of 52.84. However, de Villiers has not been able to deliver a trophy to his team. Nevertheless, his performance in the IPL is still above average.
7. David Warner
- Average: 41.59
- Strike Rate: 139.96
Even though David Warner played in IPL since 2009, he gained fame after 2014 in the IPL. Interestingly, Hyderabad bought Warner in 2014.
Since 2014 Warner has consistently performed well. From 2014 to 2019, he averaged more than 40 while hitting a strike rate above 140.
In 2019, he hit 692 runs at a strike rate of 143. 86. It was the highest number of runs in the 2019 season. Therefore he won the orange cap. Till now, he has won the orange cap three times. So, he is one of the key batsmen for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
In 2019, Hyderabad made it to the playoffs. But they lost to Dehli Capitals in the eliminator round and did not reach the finals. The combination of Warner and Hyderabad has worked well. However, he struggled to score runs in the 2021 season.
Since 2014 he has scored at least 500 runs in each season.
6. Chris Gayle
- Average: 39.72
- Strike Rate: 148.96
The Universe Boss is a familiar name to any cricket fan. However, some cricket fans may not be aware of his test record due to his reputation in the T20.
The West Indies cricketer has a stellar record in the IPL. However, in recent years his form has fallen.
The crowd loves to see Chris Gayle bat, even if he plays for the opposition. He was in terrific form in the first half of the decade.
In 2013, he scored 708 runs with a strike rate of 156.29. In the season, he had a strike rate of 59. The good hitters of the ball often have a low average. After all, it’s hard to hit consistently.
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In 2013, Chris Gayle managed to do both. He had an incredible average and great strike rate.
5. Micheal Hussey
- Average: 38.76
- Strike Rate: 122.64
Micheal Hussey was an integral part of the Chennai lineup till 2014. He played in the IPL till 2015. After McCullum, he is the second player to score a century in IPL. Therefore he was crucial to CSK.
In 2013 he scored a total of 733 runs with a strike rate of 129.50. He opened the batting.
On the first qualifier against Mumbai Indians, he scored 86 runs off 58 balls. His partnership with Suresh Raina helped Chennai to defeat the Mumbai Indians.
But, he could not carry the same form into the finals. In the finals, he scored only a single run. Later on, Chennai went on to lose the match.
He played an important role in 2011 when Chennai won the IPL for the second time.
4. Chris Gayle
- Average: 39.72
- Strike Rate: 148.96
In the years 2012 and 2013, the Universe Boss was in top form. He was hitting bowlers as if he was on net practice.
In the 15 matches, he scored 733 runs with a strike rate of 160.74. During the season, he scored at an average of 61.08 with 1 hundred and 7 fifties.
He is the third RCB batsman on this list. Yet, it’s sad that RCB failed to qualify for even the playoffs.
In 2012 he hit 46 fours and 59 runs. This means that he scored 73% of his runs from the boundaries.
His strike rate is one of the reasons which explains why the bowlers fear him. Once he gets going, it’s tough to stop him.
Gayle also has scored the highest runs in a single IPL match. He scored 175 runs off 66 balls against Pune Warriors India.
3. Kane Williamson
- Average: 40.10
- Strike Rate: 131.26
The New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson is one of the great players of the current generation. However, many associate him with only Test or ODI cricket.
But his record in the IPL and T20 cricket shows that he is a good T20 player. His record in IPL cricket also proves the claim.
Williamson’s best year was in 2018. In 2018 he scored 735 runs with a strike rate of 142.44 and an average of 52.50. The strike rate of 142.44 is very high for a classical player like Kane.
In the 2018 season, he scored 8 fifties. Kane was also the captain of the team in 2018. Warner missed the 2018 season due to a one-year ban.
So, he filled in the shoes of Warner in his absence. Sadly, Hyderabad lost in the finals.
2. David Warner
- Average: 41.59
- Strike Rate: 139.96
The Australian Cricketer David Warner was in the form of his life during the 2016 season. There are only two players in the history of IPL to score more than 800 runs.
Warner scored 848 runs with a strike rate of 151.42 with an average of 60.57. He scored 9 fifties in the 17 matches.
Warner also led his team to the maiden IPL victory. David played an important knock in the final against Royal Challengers Banglore. The Hyderabad team lost their first two matches. But, tables started to turn after the first two matches.
In the second qualifier, Warner scored not out 93 runs off 58 balls. His contribution led the team to victory. David also won the player of the match title.
In the finals, they faced Royal Challengers Banglore. Banglore were the favorites. Again, David Warner played an important knock in the finals. He scored 69 runs off 38 balls. They defeated RCB by 8 runs.
1. Virat Kohli
- Average: 37.39
- Strike Rate: 129.94
King Kohli is one of the best batsmen of the modern era. Apart from being a great Test and ODI player, he is also a great T20 player.
In 2016, Kohli could hit a boundary with his eyes closed. He was scoring as if he was playing a computer game.
Virat Kohli scored 973 runs with an average of 81.08 and a strike rate of 152.03. He hit 4 centuries and 7 half-centuries. No other player has hit 4 centuries in a single year.
In the IPL, he has the third-highest number of the fifties. Average above 40 is regarded as a very good average. Kohli averaged twice in the 2016 season.
Despite his stellar performance, the team lost in the finals to Hyderabad. It was also a rare year when two players outperformed other players by a mile.
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The other player was David Warner. Even though Kohli won the orange cap, Warner won the IPL trophy.
Interestingly, there are three players from the RCB team with the four highest individual runs in a season, yet they haven’t won a single IPL trophy. On the other hand, Mumbai Indians, the five-time champion team, has no player on this list.
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