Andre Russell, MS Dhoni among the top players who impressed the most as we find the batting performance report card for the first half of IPL 2019.
The first half of IPL 2019 saw some extraordinary power hitting from Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard, Chris Gayle, etc., some consistent batting display by David Warner, KL Rahul, MS Dhoni, and some superb individual performances.
A total of 28 matches were played in the first half, and coming up with the batting performance report card was a gigantic task. How tedious the task may be, analyzing the performances of all the batsmen is fun in itself.
We have analyzed the batting performances basis the batting points considered from the overall aspect of the game such as runs scored, acceleration bonus, consistency points, number of fours & sixes and the man of the match points.
To leave out the biases and perceptions, we have kept things simple by comparing the overall performance rating of all the batsmen to find the batting performance report card for the first half of IPL 2019.
Right then, let’s look at the batting performance of the top five batsmen from the first half of IPL 2019.
#5: MS DHONI
7 Mat | 5 Inns | 214 Runs | 107 Avg. | 127.38 SR.
Batting Points: 450 | Performance Rating: 7.20
The champion batsman, and easily the best batsman of CSK in IPL 2019 had a fantastic tournament till now. His batting average of 107 is the best among all the batsmen in IPL 2019. This shows how difficult it has been for the bowlers to get him out.
In the 5 innings he has played, MS Dhoni has scored a total of 214 runs at an average of 107 and a strike rate of 127.38. The strike rate seems to be less, but that is because CSK have played the majority of their matches on slow and sluggish Chennai pitches.
His highlight was the 2 match-winning innings against Rajasthan Royals. His best knock has been the scintillating 75*(46) with 4 fours and 4 sixes. In that match, he smashed a total of 37 runs of his last 12 deliveries.
MS Dhoni has come to CSK’s rescue for more than one occasion, and his consistency makes him stand out among the other batsmen.
For his splendid batting in tough situations, MS Dhoni gets a performance rating of 7.2 with a total of 450 batting points.
#4: CHRIS GAYLE
7 Mat | 7 Inns | 322 Runs | 53.66 Avg. | 157.07 SR.
Batting Points: 643 | Performance Rating: 7.35
The Universe Boss, Chris Gayle never ceases to amaze us. Just when we thought he was done, he brought back his ace game, and gave us the glimpses of ‘Gayle of Old’ as we have known him.
In IPL 2019 so far, he has scored a total of 322 runs from 7 innings at an average of 53.66 and a strike rate of 157.07. He is also second on the list of most sixes this season with 23 sixes.
His match-winning knock of 79(47) against the Rajasthan Royals, a ‘Gayle-stormic’ knock of 63(36) against the Mumbai Indians and 99(64) against the Royal Challengers Bangalore were the key highlights of his batting in IPL 2019 so far.
The Universe Boss, Chris Gayle gets a performance rating of 7.35 with a total of 643 batting points.
#3: JONNY BAIRSTOW
6 Mat | 6 Inns | 263 Runs | 43.83 Avg. | 161.34 SR.
Batting Points: 576 | Performance Rating: 7.68
Jonny Bairstow in only his debut season has had a tremendous IPL so far. Not only has he been consistent but also belligerent at the top.
In the last few years, Jonny Bairstow has been a superb player for England. However, scoring a total of 263 runs from 6 innings at an average of 43.83 and a strike rate of 161.34 are tremendous numbers for someone who is having his debut season.
His amazing knock of 114(56) is the highest score this season. With one hundred and two 40+ scores, Jonny Bairstow is the 3rd best batsman so far.
For his amazing debut performance and striking ability, Jonny Bairstow gets a performance rating of 7.68 with a total of 576 batting points.
#2: DAVID WARNER
6 Mat | 6 Inns | 349 Runs | 87.25 Avg. | 146.63 SR.
Batting Points: 613 | Performance Rating: 8.17
The Orange cap holder and Mr. Consistent, David Warner is a totally different player when he plays for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. He bats as if he wants to contribute in each and every match, and wants to prove a point, again and again.
After missing IPL 2018 on account of a ban imposed by Cricket Australia, David Warner has made a tremendous comeback in this IPL. His numbers speak for himself as being the leading run-scorer this IPL, he has scored a total of 349 runs from 6 innings at a scintillating average of 87.25 and a brilliant strike rate of 146.63.
David Warner and Jonny Bairstow have easily been the best opening pair this IPL. They both have made sure that SRH do not miss the services of Shikhar Dhawan this season.
For his superb determination and consistency, David Warner gets a performance rating of 8.17 with a total of 613 batting points.
#1: ANDRE RUSSELL
7 Mat | 6 Inns | 302 Runs | 100.66 Avg. | 212.67 SR.
Batting Points: 780 | Performance Rating: 10
The best batsman and the most valuable player this season, Andre Russel has been the one player to whom bowlers have had no answers in this IPL. He has spared no one till now. He has scored in all the six innings he has played, and that too at an astonishing strike rate.
His scores in the 6 innings he has played read 49*(19), 48(17), 62(28), 48*(13), 50*(44) and 45(21). Such amazing consistency making it a total of 302 runs from 6 innings at an average of 100.66 and a strike rate of 212.67.
He has not just bludgeoned the bowling this IPL, but also played sensibly when required. His 50*(44) against the Chennai Super Kings on a slow and sluggish wicket was as important a knock as his 48*(13) against the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
For his amazing consistency and amazing striking ability, Andre Russell gets a performance rating of 10 with a total of 780 batting points.
So, that’s the batting performance report card for the first half of IPL 2019.
Other players who have been good this IPL are KL Rahul Jos Buttler, Shikhar Dhawan, AB de Villiers and Sanju Samson.
IPL 2019: TOP 10 ORANGE CAP CONTENDERS
- David Warner (SRH): 349
- KL Rahul (KXIP): 335
- Chris Gayle (KXIP): 322
- Andre Russell (KKR): 302
- Jos Buttler (RR): 288
- Virat Kohli (RCB): 270
- Jonny Bairstow (SRH): 263
- Shikhar Dhawan (DC): 249
- Quinton de Kock (MI): 238
- AB de Villiers (RCB): 232
Thanks for reading! Which batsman impressed you the most from IPL 2019? Please, let’s know in the comments.
Adesh Kothari is the founder of AK4Tsay1 Cricalytics.
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