IPL 2014: Best Batsmen, Highest Run Scorers, Top Batting Averages, Most Sixes

Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistMay 8, 2014

Australia's batsman Glenn Maxwell prepares to play a shot during their ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup match against Pakistan in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, March 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
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The Indian Premier League is rarely a letdown when it comes to big hitting, and the 2014 edition has been no exception.

Even with the move from the pitches of the UAE to the grounds of India there has continued to be a raft of sixes and huge hitting from across the tournament.

Kings XI Punjab continue to lead the way in terms of high scores, recording an absolutely enormous total of 231 in their win against Chennai on Wednesday in Cuttack.


Top Batsmen

Following Sunrisers Hyderabad’s victory over Rajasthan Royals on Thursday, here is the current list of leading IPL run scorers:

IPL 2014: Leading Run Scorers
Glenn MaxwellKings XI Punjab743595
Dwayne SmithChennai Super Kings833979
Brendon McCullumChennai Super Kings831471
JP DuminyDelhi Daredevils828067
Robin UthappaKolkata Knight Riders825665

Glenn Maxwell's irresistible form in this tournament continued against the Super Kings as he registered a monster knock of 90 from just 38 balls with eight maximums and six fours, per ESPNcricinfo

He has still yet to record a century so far in the tournament, but his high scores include two 95s and an 89, which see him leading the way by some distance at the top of the batting charts.

With a player in Maxwell's form, it's no surprise his Kings XI Punjab team also continue to set the pace in the table.

Though they have lost their unbeaten run of late, they still sit top of the table on the same points as Chennai but having played one fewer game.

And with such huge hitting power on their side, their official Twitter feed feels there's no stopping them:

Trailing Maxwell in the hitting stakes are two Chennai players in Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum.

While the West Indian did not fire against Punjab, McCullum scored 33 from 29 balls in the Super Kings' highly respectable 187 runs in chasing.  

The Super Kings' two top-order men have been really giving them some good starts in the competition so far, as this Opta stat illustrates:

There is little doubt that Chennai and Punjab deserve their place at the top of the table after some phenomenal batting performances.


Highest Averages and Most Sixes

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Here are the current players with the leading averages in the tournament as well as those players who have cleared the boundary the most:

IPL 2014: Highest Averages
PlayerTeamInningsRunsNot OutAverage
JP DuminyDelhi Daredevils8280593.33
Glenn MaxwellKings XI Punjab7435062.14
Kieron PollardMumbai Indians7203350.75
Brendon McCullumChennai Super Kings8314144.85
David MillerKings XI Punjab7218243.60
IPL 2014: Most Sixes
Glenn MaxwellKings XI Punjab727
Dwayne SmithChennai Super Kings824
David MillerKings XI Punjab713
JP DuminyDelhi Daredevils812
Brendon McCullumChennai Super Kings811

JP Duminy's position in the middle-order of the Delhi Daredevils batting lineup means that he has been not out five times in his eight innings in the tournament so far, thus skewing his average somewhat.

Although, his 280 runs scored in the tournament so far is still eminently respectable, and he has been a shining light so far for his team who currently sit bottom of the table.

Similarly, Mumbai's Kieron Pollard has been not out three times in seven innings, but has the eighth-highest individual score of the tournament so far with his 78 against Hyderabad, per IPLT20.com.

It is no surprise that the Australian Maxwell sits atop the maximums chart with 27 in the tournament so far and Smith sits just three back with 24. His 79 from 51 balls in victory over Delhi on Monday included eight sixes and four fours. 

The unrelenting hitting will not be stopping anytime soon, and it has to be said that the bowlers get something of a raw deal in the shortest form of the game.

But, it is certainly enjoyable to watch, and the question now is just how many runs Maxwell might end up scoring and whether anyone can shackle him.