IPL 2014: Leading Batsmen, Top Run Scorers, Highest Batting Averages and Scores

Stuart NewmanFeatured ColumnistMay 1, 2014

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRCA - OCTOBER 16:  Jean Symes of the Highveld Lions bats during the Karbonn Smart CLT20 match between Chennai Super Kings (IPL) and Highveld Lions (South Africa) at Sahara Park Newlands on October 16, 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa.  (Photo by Carl Fourie/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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The 2014 edition of the Indian Premier League may have kicked off in a different location than usual, but the normal service of big-hitting drama has remained, with some of the world’s best batsmen giving their all in the Middle East.   

While a century still eludes the IPL’s elite batsmen, there have been some remarkable knocks over the first two weeks of tournament action, all adding to the excitement of Twenty20 action.

With the IPL now returning home to India, we take a look at the best batsmen in the United Arab Emirates looking to continue their strong form as the cricket drama heats up.

 

Top Batsmen

Following Sunrisers Hyderabad’s victory over Mumbai Indians on Wednesday, here is the current list of leading IPL run scorers:

IPL 2014: Leading Run Scorers
PlayerTeamInningsRunsHigh Score
Glenn MaxwellKings XI Punjab530095
Dwayne SmithChennai Super Kings524066
Brendon McCullumChennai Super Kings519371 (NOT OUT)
Ajinkya RahaneRajasthan Royals518272
JP DuminyDelhi Daredevils517367 (NOT OUT)
ESPN cricinfo

 

With Glenn Maxwell top of the charts and in the form of his life, it’s unsurprising that Kings XI Punjab are the early pace-setters in the IPL, winning five matches out of five.

DHAKA, BANGLADESH - MARCH 30:  Glenn Maxwell of Australia hits a six as MS Dhoni of India looks on during the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014 match between India v Australia at Sher-e-Bangla Mirpur Stadium on March 30, 2014 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  (Phot
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The Australian has contributed some big totals over Punjab’s opening matches, including two 95s and an 89, striking fear into bowlers—and indeed spectators—across the league.

Per ESPN cricinfo, Maxwell has hit a league-high 17 sixes and 30 fours in the Punjab shirt this term, making him the hottest property in the IPL.

Following close behind him are Chennai Super Kings duo Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum, who have opened up to great effect over the past two weeks. The pair have chalked up 433 runs between them across Chennai’s first five matches, according to ESPN cricinfo, being instrumental in the franchise’s four victories so far.

Smith and McCullum have contributed to four of the eight highest opening stands in the 2014 IPL, as Opta Jim revealed:

Their combined 123 against Kings XI Punjab has set the pace, and if they continue to play with such fluency together, then Chennai will be sure things for the top four come the end of the campaign.

 

Highest Batting Averages

While a big innings will steal the headlines, consistent batting over the course of a season sees players become heroes and guide their sides to success. Here’s who’s leading the way in the average charts:

IPL 2014: Top Averages
PlayerTeamInningsRunsNot OutsAverage
JP DuminyDelhi Daredevils5173386.50
Steve SmithRajasthan Royals365265.00
Glenn MaxwellKings XI Punjab5300060.00
Shakib Al HasanKolkata Knight Riders360260.00
Suryakumar YadavKolkata Knight Riders5110355.00
ESPN cricinfo

 

JP Duminy’s average of 86.50 sees him top the table, with three not out innings and a total of 173 runs across his five appearances.

The Delhi Daredevils star was in at fifth in the order at the start of the season, but his impressive displays have seen him move up to third, where the good performances have continued.

DHAKA, BANGLADESH - APRIL 04:  JP Duminy of South Africa bats during the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014 semi final between India and South Africa at Sher-e-Bangla Mirpur Stadium on April 4, 2014 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Ima
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The South African has enjoyed his fruitful spell with the bat in the Middle East, and recently said that it’s his hard work in training that has warranted his good form—via K.R. Nayar of GulfNews.com:

“It was not about easy hitting and it is just enjoying some good form at the moment and hitting the ball nicely. I guess it’s the old cliche of putting in the hard work and it is coming off.”

Delhi haven’t enjoyed the best of starts in the IPL (winning two of their five matches), but if they can keep the form of Duminy up and raise the game of star man Kevin Pietersen, then they will undoubtedly make a big impact in India.

 

Best Innings

With the century milestone still yet to be breached, here’s a look at who has come closest to the magic total over the first two weeks of action:

IPL 2014: Best Innings
PlayerMatchRuns
Glenn MaxwellKINGS XI PUNJAB vs. Chennai Super Kings95
Glenn MaxwellKINGS XI PUNJAB vs. Sunrisers Hyderabad95
Glenn MaxwellKINGS XI PUNJAB vs. Rajasthan Royals89
Aaron FinchSUNRISERS HYDERABAD vs. Delhi Daredevils88 (NOT OUT)
Kieron PollardMUMBAI INDIANS vs. Sunrisers Hyderabad78
ESPN cricinfo

 

Maxwell’s 279 runs in four days unsurprisingly sit top of the list, but Aaron Finch’s superb knock for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Delhi Daredevils also teased the century mark.

The opener batted superbly in said innings, needing just 53 balls to arrive at his unbeaten 88 total complete with eight fours and four sixes—per Indian Premier League.

The Delhi bowlers never looked like troubling Finch during the match, and with just one more over he’d have surely reached his 100.

Kieron Pollard’s 78 also snuck into the top five, but it was a rare highlight for Mumbai Indians, who have struggled immensely with the bat so far.

The defending champions’ highest total thus far is their Pollard-inspired 157 against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday, with the order struggling to make its mark on all surfaces.

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 22:  Sachin Tendulkar of Mumbai is bowled during the Champions League twenty20 match between Sydney Sixers and Mumbai Indians at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on October 22, 2012 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Anesh Debiky /
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With five losses out of five, MI head home craving a reverse in fortunes to repeat their exploits of last year. They’ll need more Pollard-esque knocks if they’re to do just that.

Though the Indian Premier League is just five matches in, it’s been one of the most exciting tournaments to date. There are 39 matches remaining before the new IPL kings are crowned, which means there are still thousands upon thousands of runs for us to sink our teeth into.