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Who is the best finisher in IPL History? Meet the TOP 5 Best Finisher in the History of IPL

IPL has grown a lot over the years, and it has given rise to a new category of specialist players, Finishers. Finishers are now a must in every team to give them quick runs toward the end of an inning. They do not take a lot of time to fire their power which is exactly what is expected from them. They usually bat at four, five, six, or sometimes even seven. Here are some of the best finisher in IPL history.

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Top 5 Best Finisher in IPL history

No. Player Total IPL Runs 
5 Andre Russell 2035
4 Hardik Pandya 1963
3 Kieron Pollard 3412
2 AB de Villiers 5162
1 MS Dhoni 4978

Andre Russell

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Andre Russell, the powerhouse is one of the best players to have played in IPL cricket. KKR has often relied on him to get to good totals or finish games. More often than not, Russell has delivered and should be able to do that in future games as well.

Russell Muscle’s best innings came against the mighty Mumbai Indians in 2019. His 80 runs from 40 balls were scored all across the park, and all he had to do was connect the bat to the ball or the ball would sail over the fielder for a six find the gap for a four. He has had bigger scores, but what makes this inning special is that more than 50 of his runs came in the last 3 overs. Undoubtedly he is one of the best finisher in IPL history. In the IPL 2023, he’ll be playing for KKR. The franchise retained him for 12 cr.

Hardik Pandya

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Hardik Pandya is one of the most powerful players out there and can get going from the word go. Earlier he played for Mumbai Indians and performed really well over there. In IPL 2022, he led Gujarat Giants to their maiden IPL title in 2022, becoming the first captain after Shane Warne to lead a team to the title in its first year.

Surprisingly, Hardik Pandya’s best finish came in the same match as Andre Russell. In chase of over 230, he kept the hopes alive for the Mumbai Paltan. He scored 91 in just 34 balls with a strike rate of over 267. He scored right from the start and carried his form in the death as well. Unfortunately, Mumbai Indians could not win that match, but Hardik’s innings had a great finish. Hardik truly deserves a place as the best finisher in IPL cricket history. Hardik Pandya is retained by Gujarat Titans in IPL 2023 for INR 15 Crore.

Best Finisher in IPL history: Kieron Pollard

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Words can never be enough to describe what this man is capable of doing and has done in the past. It is around him that the core of the team is built, and Mumbai Indians laid a foundation with him in the middle order. He is the most powerful player and has always gotten Mumbai Indians out of tough situations. He generally takes the game deep and finishes off with the best strokes in the end. No one comes even close to doing what he has done for the franchise.

One of the best finishes of Kieron Pollard came in the first leg of IPL 2021 against Chennai Super Kings in Delhi. In a huge run chase, Mumbai had lost 3 wickets in quick succession by the 10th over. That’s when the big man came in and stole the show. He had no time to waste, and he started hitting the ball right at the start. He went on to score big and won MI the game on the very last ball of the innings. This score of 87* from 34 balls was not just his highest score, but also the best finish in IPL ever. Kieron Pollard announced his retirement from IPL on November 15, 2022, and will the become batting coach of MI in IPL 2023.

Best finisher in IPL Cricket: AB de Villiers

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AB de has been around forever and has become a very crucial part of the Royal Challengers squad. He is the most innovative player and one of the most powerful players at the same time. He loves playing with the field, which at times disturbs the bowlers, and they get under a lot of pressure at the death overs. AB is one of the smartest players and he always gets the results for his team, his score of 1808 runs in the death overs is proof of that.

AB de Villiers has given many special innings, but one that stands out came back in 2016. 

His score of 129* against the Gujarat Lions was a very unique one because he and Virat Kohli both got to a hundred in the same match. AB started his innings early and continued till the end. Just like always, he scored his runs all around the park. This inning is one of his highest-rated performances. AB ranks at 3rd spot in our list of IPL best finisher.

Best Finisher in IPL history: MS Dhoni

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There is no one better than MS Dhoni when it comes to finishing games, period. Playing most of his games for Chennai Super Kings, he has not just taken the team to multiple tournament victories but also contributed as a player. What Ravi Shastri said on the mic in the 2011 World Cup final, “Dhoni finishes off in style” still stands true after all these years. There is no doubt that MSD is the best finisher in IPL cricket.

MS Dhoni has had many last-over escapes in IPL, but his best came way back in 2011 where he scored 16 runs in the last over. Irfan Pathan stood between CSK and the semi-finals spot. MS Dhoni was dropped by him in the previous over, and he had to pay for it in the next. MS got the job done, and we witnessed a very rare scene of his aggression. From there on, CSK went on to win their first-ever IPL title.


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Who is the best finisher in IPL cricket?

MS Dhoni is regarded as the most reliable finisher in the world. Throughout his career in the IPL, MS Dhoni has played for the Chennai Super Kings.

Did Pollard retire from IPL?

Kieron Pollard announced his retirement from IPL on November 15, 2022, and will the become batting coach of MI in IPL 2023.

Which team is Hardik Pandya in IPL?

Hardik Pandya is an Indian Cricketer who plays for Gujarat Titans in the Indian Premier League. He is retained by Gujarat Titans in IPL 2023 for INR 15 Crore.

Is Russell playing in IPL 2023?

In the IPL 2023, Andre Russell will be playing for KKR, and the franchise retained him for 12 cr.

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