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On April 18, 2008, the Indian Premier League (IPL) kicked off its first season. It has altered the T20 circuit, that turned out to be a monumental moment in cricket history. Many have flourished at the tail end of innings and devastated bowling line-ups for fun. The IPL is more likely to be won by teams with top finishers. We will look at the top five IPL player names who have scored the highest runs in the last overs.
|1. Dinesh Karthik
|Royal Challengers Bangalore
|2. Hardik Pandya
|3. Ravindra Jadeja
|Chennai Super Kings
|4. Kieron Pollard
|5. MS Dhoni
|Chennai Super Kings
In the Indian Premier League, Dinesh Karthik has been a bankable name. He has put on display his extravagant stroke play and destroyed bowling attacks of the highest caliber. Karthik has been a part of the IPL since its start and has played for many teams. The Indian hitter has played every position. Behind the stumps, he has also been a force to be reckoned with. In 230 IPL games, Karthik has participated, amassing 4376 runs total at a strike rate of 132.65 with 20 half-centuries. He has often finished games for his team on a high note, as seen by his 248 runs scored in the last over of the inning.
Hardik Pandya is one of those guys who turns heads every time he steps onto a cricket pitch. With his marauding bat, he has tortured bowlers and changed the game in his favor. The 29-year-old has also been outstanding with the ball, taking key wickets. Hardik has appeared in 108 IPL games and has a strike rate of 146.91 while scoring 1976 runs. Moreover, he has 50 wickets at an 8.72 economy rate. Besides his all-around abilities, he has demonstrated leadership qualities by leading the Gujarat Titans to IPL 2022 success. Hardik has spent most of his IPL career as a finisher, producing numerous magnificent knocks at the tail end of innings. He has scored 260 runs in the final over of the innings, demonstrating the Indian all-finishing rounder’s brilliance.
Ravindra Jadeja has been a significant character in the IPL competition. He has been trusted to finish games for his team and has done so admirably. With his excellent lines and lengths, the 34-year-old has strangled hitters and offered critical breakthroughs to his team. Jadeja has played in 212 games and has a strike rate of 127.27 runs per game. In those appearances, he has taken 133 wickets at an economy rate of 7.62. Apart from his bat and ball abilities, the southpaw is lightning-fast in the field. Jadeja has excelled in the last overs of the IPL competition so far and has played many match-winning innings for his franchise. Moreover, the star all-rounder demonstrated his hitting prowess in the last over of the innings, hammering a total of 308 runs.
Kieron Pollard is one of the most lethal batters in IPL history. Pollard has established his dominance in the Indian Premier League. He made 189 appearances and had a strike rate of 147.32 while scoring 3412 runs. The 35-year-old was brilliant with the ball, taking 69 wickets at an economy rate of 8.79. Pollard has shown his power-batting prowess in the slog overs and demolished bowling line-ups several times throughout his IPL career. The destructive hitter was also spectacular in the 20th inning.
There have been many match-winners in India, but only a handful have reached the level of MS Dhoni. He made all of the cricket his hunting field. The Ranchi native has also shown his class in the IPL, experimenting with bowling attacks. Dhoni has appeared in 236 IPL games and scored 5004 runs at a strike rate of 135.54, with 24 half-centuries. Moreover, the wicketkeeper-batter has been a fantastic reader of the game, leading Chennai Super Kings to four titles. Dhoni is one of the sport’s most distinguished finishers. He has demolished bowlers at the death and won several matches for his team. The renowned cricketer is famed for playing the game deep and has scored 679 runs in the 20th over, the most by any hitter in the IPL arena.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni aka Captain Cool is widely considered as the best finisher in IPL history. The wicketkeeper-batter has been a fantastic reader of the game, leading Chennai Super Kings to four titles.
In the IPL Auction 2023, Gujarat Titans retained Hardik Pandya for Rs 15.00 Cr.
Virat Kohli has the highest runs in IPL. So far (as of 5th April 2023) he has scored 6706 runs in 224 matches.