Today, we will be going to discuss about ‘Who is the King of IPL’? There are so many great players who played the IPL over the years and had an impact in the league by their performances.

There are so many things to consider if we have to answer this question. We have to consider the performances and impact of that particular player in this league over the years.

The audience likes to see the fours and sixes and the carnage from the batters. So let’s start with the batsman.

Indian Premier League History

Indian Premier League is one of the best league in the world and one of the most popular league all around the world. Not only in cricket playing nations, but IPL is seen in other countries as well.

We get to see so many interesting and nail biting matches in the IPL history and so many talented emerging player around the world along with the local talent of India.

IPL Title

Indian Premier League started in 2008 in which Mumbai Indians have won 5 titles, Chennai Super Kings have won 4 titles, KKR have won 2 titles, Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Deccan Chargers have one one title each.

List of Top 5 batters who scored more runs in the history of IPL

In terms of run scoring, there are so many Indian and overseas players who scored tons of runs in this glamourous cricket league.

(1) Virat Kohli

The first name comes in this list is Virat Kohli. Virat Kohli is one of the best batsman in the world. Virat Kohli is the leading run scorer in this league till now. He scored 6283 runs at an average of 37.39 in 207 matches in which he played 199 innings. He hasn’t won any IPL title yet but reached the IPL finals 3 times. But he is the king of IPL.

Virat Kohli scored 5 centuries and 42 half centuries in that period with a strike rate of 129.94. His ability to score big makes him different to the others. We can not forgot Virat Kohli breakthrough year in the IPL which is in 2016, in which, he scored 4 centuries and his team, RCB (Royal Challengers Bangalore) made it into the final as well. He is the orange cap holder as well. Virat Kohli is also Mr. Dependable when it comes to chasing the target. Surely, Virat Kohli will be one of the contender of the title we are discussing : ‘Who is the King of IPL’?

(2) Shikhar Dhawan

The second player is this list is the elegant opening batsman, Shikhar Dhawan. He scored 5784 runs at an average of 34.84 in 191 innings of 192 matches he played till now. He was also the IPL captain for SRH.

His few starting years of IPL is not that impressive but when he came to Sunrisers Hyderabad, he started to perform well.

He then, went to Delhi Capitals (previously known as Delhi Daredevils) where he played with full freedom which showed in his strike rate as well.

He will be one of the contender of ‘Who is the King of IPL’.

He becomes more fearless and started to take more risks. His Indian Premier League strike rate is 126.64 and he scored 44 half centuries and 2 centuries which came in a single year. He will now play for Punjab Kings (PBKS) in 2022 IPL season.

(3) Rohit Sharma

Known as hit-man, Rohit Sharma is the third in the list. Rohit Sharma is also be consider for the title of ‘King of IPL’ because of his captaincy, and not only on the basis of run scoring. He is one of the successful IPL captain and MI won 5 IPL trophies.

Mumbai Indians IPL Titles

Mumbai Indians,  under Rohit Sharma captaincy, won 5 titles. He took the captaincy reigns in 2013 and Mumbai Indians won the first title in that year. Since than, they have won in 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020.

Rohit Sharma is the only captain who won 5 Indian Premier League titles. The next best is MS Dhoni, who won 4 IPL title for Chennai Super Kings (CSK), in 2010, 2011, 2018, and 2021.

Coming to Rohit Sharma record in batting, he scored 5611 runs at an average of 31.17 at a strike rate of 130.39. He took 208 innings in 213 matches he played for this.

(4) Suresh Raina

Famously called as Mr. IPL, Suresh Raina is the forth in the list of leading run scorer in the Indian Premier League. He played for 2 IPL team He had so much impact in the success of Chennai Super Kings over the years.

Mr. IPL, score runs at a healthy strike rate, can bowl few overs as well.

Suresh Raina scored 5528 runs at an average of 32.51. He took 200 innings in 205 matches he played and scored one century and 39 half centuries. He is surely one of the contender of the title we are discussing ‘Who is the King of IPL’

When Chennai Super Kings was banned for two years (2016 and 2017), Mr. IPL Suresh Raina played for Gujrat Lions. Unfortunately, Suresh Raina is unsold in this year’s auction and will not feature in the IPL 2022.

(5) David Warner

He is the only overseas player who is in the top 5 of the highest run scorer in the history ofIndian Premier League . The left hander started his IPL career from Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) and then went to Sunrisers Hyderabad where he found so much success.

He won the only title for SRH as captain in 2016, beating Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final. He is always the contender of orange cap holder.

He was beast in that season with the bat, carrying his team in the batting department. He scored 5449 runs at an average of 41.59 with a strike rate of almost 140 in 150 innings

His performance in the last season was not upto his standard which cost them a place in the playing XI.

But he made a strong comeback in a T20 World Cup 2021, helps Australia winning their first title in this format. He was the Man of the Tournament and the leading run scorer as well.

Now, he will play for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2022, same franchise where he started his Indian Premier League career.

Cricket is about bowling as well, right? Amidst all the hype of T20 cricket is about batsmen game, it is an old saying that it’s the bowler who can win you matches.

There are so many great bowlers who played this league over the years. We will now first see who are those top 5 wicket takers in the history of IPL who are the contenders of the topic we are discussing ‘Who is the King of IPL’.

List of Top 5 bowlers who took most wickets in the history of IPL

(1) Lasith Malinga

L MALINGA

One of the great bowlers in the shortest format of the game, also known as ‘Yorker King’, L Malinga is the leading wicket taker in the history of IPL.

He took 170 wickets in 122 matches he played with an average of 19.80 and a strike rate of 16.62.

His economy is 7.14 which is excellent considering he bowled so much in the first powerplay and in the death overs. He took 6 4-fers and 1 5 wicket haul and a best figure of 5 for 13.

(2) Dwayne Bravo

The West Indian champion Dwayne Bravo is second in the list of highest wicket takers. He took 167 wickets in  151 matches with an average of 24.31 and a strike rate of 17.44.

His ability to bowl in the death overs with his variation of slower bowls and yorker made him lethal bowler to hit in the last few overs.

He can also contribute with the bat as we saw in the IPL. MS Dhoni used him quite well when he played for CSK and he is also one of the contender of our title. He is surely one of the contender of the title we are discussing ‘Who is the King of IPL’

He has 2 4-fer with a best figures of 4 for 22 and an economy of 8.35. There is every chance that he will go past L Malinga in this season of IPL, needing only 4 wickets.

(3) Amit Mishra

The Delhi based leg spinner took 166 wickets at an average of 23.97 and a strike rate of 19.54.

He played 154 matches till now and his economy is 7.35. He has the ability to bowl in the middle overs and take wickets in that period. He is not afrid to flight the ball.

He has 4 4-for and one five wicket haul with a best figure of 5 for 17.

(4) Piyush Chawla

Another experienced campaigner and a leg spinner, P Chawla is another contender of the title. He is a wicket taker, bowl in the first powerplay, in the middle overs and sometimes in the death overs as well.

He found so much success while playing for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). He has played 165 matches and took 157 wickets in 164 innings at an average of 27.39 and a strike rate of 20.85.

His economy is 7.88. He has 2 4-for and the best figure of 4 for 17.

(5) Harbhajan Singh

The 3rd spinner in the top 5 list of the leading wicket takers in the history of IPL. Popularly known as ‘Turbinator’, H Singh had a very big impact for Mumbai Indians till 2017. After that, he played for Chennai Super Kings and he was very good for that franchise as well. He didn’t got much chance for KKR and now he is not playing in the upcoming season of IPL.

He took 150 wickets in 160 innings in 163 matches. His economy is quite phenominal which is 7.07 and an average of 26.86. His bowling strike rate is 22.77 and he has one 4-for and a 5-for with the best figures of 5 for 18.

It’s not all about stats of batters and the bowlers. There are so many great players who had an impact in this league and are strong contenders of our title ‘Who is the king of IPL’.

Sometimes, runs and wickets does not show the impact the players had created for their teams. Some of the few players are:

Players who had an impact in the league amidst the runs and wickets

Sometimes, runs and wickets wont show the real picture. We will now see few players who can be the King of IPL

(1) Kieron Pollard

The West Indian batters is the only overseas player who played for one franchise in the history of IPL. He played for Mumbai Indians and has contributed so much in the success of Mumbai Indians. MI won 5 titles till now and they have retained K Pollard for the IPL 2022 as well.

They have showed faith in him and he has lived upto the expectation of the team. He has played so many innings down the order and has ability to win the games on his own. He can hit the ball hard in the slog overs and the bowlers feared to bowl him at the end.

He scored 3268 runs in 178 matches he played till now with a strike rate of almost 150. He played 160 innings and hit 16 half centuries and a highest score of 87 not out.

Other than that, he is a very handy bowler who can give you the bowling option and he is a part of leadership group as well. He is surely one of the contender of the title we are discussing ‘Who is the King of IPL’

He took 65 wickets with an average of 31.6 and a strike rate of 21.6. His economy is 8.78 and has one 4-for. His best figures are 4 for 44.

(2) MS Dhoni

MS DHONI

The former Indian captain and the current Chennai Super Kings captain, MS Dhoni is one of the contender of this title. He is loved by people all around the world.

Chennai Super Kings IPL Titles

The wicket keeper batsman has won 4 titles as captain for CSK in the IPL history and played so many IPL finals as well. He also won champions league as well.

He is one of the among the most successful captains and cool and calm in every situation and didn’t show much emotions on field.

He scored 4746 runs in 193 innings of 220 matches he played till now. His strike rate is 135.8 and his batting average of 39.5. He scored 23 fifties and highest score of 84 not out.

Other than that, he is exceptional behind the stumps with those fast hands and a very good leader.When CSK was banned for two years (2016 and 2017), he played for RPS (Rising Pune Supergiants). One season as captain and one as player.

(3) AB de Villiers

AB DE VILLIERS
How can you forgot this guy when it comes to IPL history. He is such a freak, can do no wrong. The bowler have so much fear in their mind when they bowled to this guy. He is surely the king of IPL.

He scored 5162 runs and sitting at 6th position in the list of highest run scorers in the history of IPL.

He can win games single handedly for his team and has carried Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) batting lineup for so many years.

Before that, he started his IPL career with Delhi Daredevils (DD), (now Delhi Capitals).

His average is 39.71 and an astonishing strike rate of 151.69. He scored 3 hundreds and 40 half centuries. His highest score of 133 not out came against Mumbai Indians.

He is now retired from all forms of cricket but there is a chance that he will join RCB as a mentor in the upcoming season. He is surely one of the strong contender of the title we are discussing ‘Who is the King of IPL’

(4) Chris Gayle

The Universe Boss has pulled out of the IPL 2022 but has played enough in this glamorous cricket league to be one of the strong contender of the title of ‘The King of IPL’.

He started his career with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and then went to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) where he made his name in this league. He joined Punjab Kings (PBKS) (before known as Kings XI Punjab) in 2018 and played for 4 years, till 2021.

He scored 4965 runs at an average of 39.72 and a strike rate of almost 149. The destructive opener’s highest score of 175 not out came against Pune Warriors India (PWI) in 2013, which is the record of highest Indiavidual score in an inning in the history of IPL.

He scored 31 half centuries and 6 centuries in 141 innings. Just like others, he is surely one of the contender of the title we are discussing ‘Who is the King of IPL’

Your favourite player who can the King of IPL

There are so many other players who might be considered for the title. Some people have different opinion and some have another.

These players are the few who played for so many years and entertain us. You cannot put the hand on a single player to give the title of “Who is the King of IPL”.

There will be many players who will come and make their name in this glamourous league but we have considered these few who already entertained us throughout the years.

Comment your favourite player who can be the contender of King of IPL and give us the reasons as well.