Not meaning to steal the spotlight from the rest of the players, but when does a cricket match hit the sweet spot in your brain?…. “Tock!” …that sound of the ball knocking on to the bat as if to ask, what are you going to do to me now?!!! The eruption in the stadium as the batsman sends the ball soaring, the thrill of the fans when there has been a run out. Oh, being a batsman in cricket is like being the God of Thunder!
The essence of cricket lies in all aspects of the game but when it comes to power hitting or stylish batting coupled with technique, it seems to bag the award of being the favourite part. Nick names like “Gale”, “Helicopter”, “The Wall” and many more have been bestowed upon batsmen who have created history with their batting shots.
Coming to IPL, this short format of the game is more about the batsmen. A humongous total on the board is enough to send the opposition into a tizzy. In fact, the t20 format has been the platform where hard-hitting took birth with batsmen making unimaginable runs in just a few balls; and IPL has been no stranger to this.
Let’s discuss the top batsman of all the teams IPL2020. Right now we are not predicting who will be the orange cap holder for 2020 as we feel this is the 1st time in the history of IPL that there are so many great clean strikers of the ball performing on one stage. We are at a loss of words praising these batsmen. But, we shall definitely go ahead and assess the capabilities of each of these remarkable batsmen and I request the readers to expect Part 1 and Part 2 of this article.
He is in the best form of his life for the last one year. From making runs, to taking wickets, apart from the famous catch at Kia Oval, he won the World Cup and test matches for England almost single handedly. Brimming with confidence he is setting foot into the IPL being tagged the “Sports Personality Of The Year” by the BBC.
Vice captain of the England Squad, Buttler is a very gifted stroke player and can be devastating on the pitch. He can score against any bowler as seen in the past in the 2018 IPL.
The best batsman in one day and T20 matches. He has the highest aggregate in IPL matches. He is sure to give the best performance for his side and what with the UAE pitches suiting his batting style.
The proof lies in 2019. In the last one year we have seen him score prolifically in all formats of cricket. And what’s more to say – he was the highest scorer in IPL2019.
The current captain of the New Zealand team, highest scorer of runs in IPL 2018, played well in 2019 world cup for NZ – so any feathers in the hat! He has the surgical precision with which he carries out his shots and that makes him an incredible player!
He is the most improved T20 batsman. In 2018, his continuous contribution of runs for the team and again in 2019 with a century and 4 half centuries, he is the one to be followed in IPL2020.
We may say he is the most accomplished ODI and T20 player in the world. He is presently not in the form he was before. If he comes back to form with the zeal to win his team atleast one trophy, then we might get to see him play those unorthodox shots again, which had once enthralled the world of cricket fans.
He is undoubtedly the greatest T20 batsman. He has a world record number of 6’s.But gradually bowlers have made out his weaknesses and have started exploiting it. Yet, once he is in form, no other batsman can play with such dominance over the bowlers.
His maiden centuary in IPL2019 and the first keeper -batsman to do so, Jonny Bairstow seems to be on a mission to destroy bowlers with such precise timings of his shots. But he might miss the first few matches for SRH, owing to his late arrival to the UAE.
Back afresh from a break after missing the IPL2019, Glenn Maxwell is ready to go big guns after his return to wellness. A great striker of the ball, he performed well in the Big Bash and put everyone’s minds at ease. He did well in his previous matches at UAE.
…..To be continued in our next article Top batsmen of IPL2020 – Part II.