The Best Batting Unit in IPL 2021: The Punjab Kings
Last Thursday, the Mini Auction for the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) took place in Chennai. There were a few surprises, some daring acquisitions, some major players left out, and in the past of the auctions, we have had a recent, most expensive player!
Most of the bases seem to have been filled by the 8 teams and all are ready for the mega event to be held in India from the beginning of April. Although the major mollah was drawn by the all-rounders and bowlers, this auction was not very fruitful for the batsmen.
Yet, there are a few teams that stand out in the tournament for their impressive depth of batting that could dominate any bowling attack. In the IPL 2021, we are looking at the best batting unit.
King XI Punjab, who recently change theor name to Punjab Kings, will be in charge by KL Rahul, who has been the best IPL batsman for the past three seasons. Rahul was a run-machine during 2018-2020, with the largest collective aggregate. With 659 runs in 14 matches at a strike rate of 158.41, the Indian limited overs phenomenon was the third-highest scorer in 2018. With 593 runs in 14 games at an average of 53.9, Rahul was again the second-highest run-getter in 2019, recording a hundred and 7 fifties in the competition. He made it a perfect success hat-trick, scoring 670 runs in 14 games last year, including a hundred and 5 fifties in the UAE. In the history of the tournament, such phenomenal consistency in the IPL has seldom been seen before!
Next is Chris Gayle, Idyllically regarded as the greatest T20 batsman of all time. But just for the record, the left-hander has a total of 4772 runs at an average of 41.13 in 132 IPL matches and a strike rate of 150.11. No one in the history of the IPL has recorded more hundreds than his six. In 2011 and 2012, he was the Orange Cap holder (maximum runs in the tournament) for two straight seasons. Gayle also has the record for IPL history’s fastest hundred – of 30 deliveries in 2013 against Pune Warriors India in Bengaluru. In IPL history, only David Warner and AB de Villiers have aggregated more runs among overseas players than Gayle. Nobody in the tournament has hit more sixes than Gayle’s 349.
Dawid Malan has crossed the top T20I cricket rating points and has an average of 53.43 for England and a strike rate near 150. In just 19 matches, including a hundred and 9 fifties for his country, he scored 855 runs. He was a decent buy for the Punjab Kings at just Rs 1.5 crore. In his T20I career, Malan has consistently shown two attributes – to score big runs at a very high strike rate. In his T20I career, Malan has consistently shown two attributes – to score big runs at a very high strike rate. In the style, this makes him doubly risky. In order to help England chase down the target of 192 inside 18 overs in Cape Town in December 2020, Malan smashed an unbeaten 99 out of just 47 deliveries against South Africa. In November, 2019 in Napier, he had blasted 103 off just 51 balls to take England to 241 for 3 – their highest team total in T20I cricket.
In ODI cricket, Nicholas Pooran has a reputation and a strike rate of 106.51, and in all T20 cricket, 145.31. In 21 IPL matches, he has an aggregate of 521 runs and scores his runs at a pace of 165.39 – among the best in IPL history! Pooran blasted 77 of just 37 deliveries (7 sixes) against Sunrisers in Dubai in a lone attempt in 2020. He was among the Caribbean Premier League’s top scorers in 2020.
The Indian international, Mayank Agarwal, is an attacking opening batsman capable of dominating his day’s strongest attacks around the world. He played 147 T20 matches at a strike rate of almost 135, accumulating 3393 runs. In 2019 and 2020, in the IPL, Agarwal had two fine seasons. In 2019, he scored 332 runs in 13 games at a strike rate touching 42, while in 2020, he scored 424 runs in 11 games at a strike rate of 156.45 in the UAE. Agarwal blasted a splendid 106 out of just 50 deliveries against the Royals in Sharjah, including 10 fours and 7 sixes.
In fact, among their ranks, the Punjab Kings also have the Caribbean bowling all-rounder, Fabian Allen, who can be devastating in the lower order. In all T20 cricket, Allen has a strike rate of close to 160. In the 2019 World Cup at Chester-le-Street, he smashed a 32-ball 51 against Sri Lanka.