Indian Premier League has always been the most sought T20 tournament in the World. Over the years, IPL has provided a great platform for not just the domestic players , but for the overseas players as well to showcase their talent in front of the Indian audience. Overseas players have enjoyed some serious fan support from the Indian crowd with their involvement in .
Players get to learn from the best in the world which helps them to improve their game to a considerable level. Good camaraderie develops between the players in a short span of 6 weeks. Also, the inclusion of overseas personnel as a coach, player or a support staff has become more of a fashion these days.
There have been many foreign players who have received tremendous appreciation and support from the Indian crowd.Though Indian players have dominated the batting chart , the foreign players are also not far behind.
Let’s have a look at the top 4 overseas players with most number of runs in the history of IPL
4.Shane Watson – 3046 runs
From the inaugural edition of IPL, Shane Watson has mesmerized the Indian public with his style of cricket. He has been one of the key performers for Rajasthan Royals , Royal Challengers Bangalore and now for the Chennai Super Kings.
Shane Watson is one of those rare players who can bat at any order and play the role of a match winner for the franchise. He was instrumental behind Rajasthan’s only IPL victory in the first season of IPL. With 3046 runs under his belt in 114 matches at an average of 31.73 with 3-100s till date , he ranks fourth on the list of most runs by a foreign player.
Watson has been known for his stellar performances in the T20 format of the game , both with the bat as well as with the ball. He has also bagged the title of the highest paid foreign cricketer across the world for many years in a row.
3.Ab De Villiers – 3900 runs
The Superman of World Cricket – Ab de Villiers has been one of the greatest contributors in IPL’s success. His presence on the field makes the crowd goes crazy . If its his day, then he can punish any bowler by sending over over the fence for every delivery. He has, at times single handedly won games for RCB over the seasons.
Ab De Villiers might not have lifted the trophy , but he remains to be one of the few players to have played in all the IPL editions till date.
He stands 3rd on the list of most runs by a foreign player with 3900 runs in 140 matches at a whopping strike rate of 150.93. RCB would be heavily relying on the likes of Virat Kohli and Ab de Villiers to make it to the playoffs and probably lift the trophy for the first time in 11 seasons.
2.Chris Gayle – 3994 runs
The Six Machine’s mere presence sends chill down the bowlers spine . He can be as ruthless as one can get. The T20 legend ranks second on the list with 3994 runs in 110 innings at a mammoth average of 41.6 with 6 hundreds and 24 fifties till date.
Gayle never fails to entertain the fans be it with his rampage style of batting or with his cheeky dance steps. He finds himself in a league of his own with his style of play and the way he carries himself both on and off the field.
If he gets going, then he can cause large scale massacre with his over the park hitting. He is the kind of player who literally follows the notion – stand and deliver. Gayle has been a nightmare for many bowlers over the editions of IPL. He had a terrific start to this IPL as well but lost the momentum somewhere in the middle.
Gayle has been a nightmare for many bowlers over the editions of IPL. He had a terrific start to this IPL as well but lost the momentum somewhere in the middle. With KXIP finding it difficult to make it to the playoffs, all eyes would on Gayle to exhibit some blistering knocks to keep the Punjab franchise back in the game.
1.David Warner – 4014 runs
Warner undoubtedly is the most aggressive and destructive T20 batsman of the cricketing world at present. He is someone who leads from the front and has set example for not just his team mates but for cricketers from other franchises as well. His captaincy marked SRH winning the IPL trophy in the 2016 edition.
He has played the role of an innings builder and a match winner on many occasions for the Hyderabad franchise.Till date , Warner has amassed around 4000+ runs in 114 games at a jaw dropping average of 40.55 and a staggering strike rate of 142.14. Warner has been consistently been ranked as the top 5 run scorers of IPL for quite some time.
Unfortunately, his involvement in the ball tampering incident cost him his position in the Australian team as well as in SRH. Nevertheless, he still remains at the top of the chart in the T20 format of the game and one of the hot favourite cricketer of the current generation.