The 13th season of IPL is now well over and now it’s time to sit back and reflect at how the season went. The season produced many moments as well as lots of standout batting & bowling performances as well for which it has always been known for. In this article, we take a look at 5 best individual batting performances in this season.
Mayank Agarwal : 89(60) vs DC
When the going gets tough, the tough gets going and that’s exactly what Mayank Agarwal proved in his team’s first game this season. Mayank always had plenty of talent but it was about converting that potential into performance when it came to IPL and that’s what he was lacking, but not in this IPL. He was excellent in this season but one inning that stood out was his lone warrior knock against Delhi Capitals in just the second match of the season.
Chasing 158, KXIP were 55-5 in 10 overs. With 103 required in 60 balls and Krishnappa Gowtham and the tail to follow, the game was good as over, particularly against DC strong bowling but it wasn’t over until Mayank allowed it to. He scored 89 in 60 balls with 7 fours & 4 sixes and got out when his team needed 1 from 2 balls. Unfortunately the match tied and DC later won in the Super over but this was one of the most remarkable batting performances one saw in this season.
Ben Stokes : 107(60) vs MI
If the first inning in this list was about a valiant lone warrior effort, this is about a breathtaking, dominant one man show. Rajasthan Royals always had good record against Mumbai Indians but they were outplayed comfortably by the same side in the first round. Things looked like going the same way when Mumbai set a target of 196 for RR in Abu Dhabi but Ben Stokes had other ideas.
Much like Mayank, Stokes hadn’t played last 2 seasons to his full potential and then he saw what could happen if he played to his full ability. His brilliant 107(60) helped RR chase down that massive total in 18.2 overs against a bowling attack that had Boult, Bumrah, Pattinson and Rahul Chahar.
Virat Kohli : 90*(52) vs CSK
Virat Kohli featuring in this list doesn’t come as any surprise as the batsman of his calibre would find a way to produce some wonderful performances with bat even in his ordinary seasons. Kohli’s brilliant performance came against one of his favorite opponents Chennai Super Kings and it was inning of two halves as that has been the case with many of Kohli’s classics.
An inning which was struggling for momentum at 67-3 in 11 overs when AB de Villiers left the stage after a duck, required a thrust from someone and who better than captain himself taking the ownership. Kohli shifted gears at the right time and scored a brilliant unbeaten 90 from 52 balls with the help of 4 sixes , 4 fours and a lots of twos. On the back of his 90 not out, RCB managed a total of 169 which they later defended comfortably.
AB de Villiers : 73*(33) vs KKR
And just like Virat Kohli, you can’t keep AB de Villiers from producing masterclasses and this year, he played a few gems out of which picking one was a difficult task but his knock of 73*(33) vs KKR stood out considering the fact there was AB de Villiers and there were 21 others batsmen playing that game. The difference was huge.
RCB were batting first in Sharjah, which had a reputation of producing scores like 220 but the pitch they played upon was from being easy and no one apart from de Villiers found it easy either. The second best strike rate from any other batsman was of 139 while AB scored at a strike rate of 221 after coming in 13th over. He propelled RCB to 194-2 and once they reached that total on that difficult pitch, there was no looking back as RCB thrashed KKR by 82 runs. AB hit 5 fours and 6 sixes in that inning.
Sunil Narine : 64(32)
Picking the 5th best inning of this season was a difficult task as there were as many as four options to pick from. Sanju Samson played a fabulous inning of 85 in Sharjah, so did Shreyas Iyer (88*) at the same venue. Bairstow too scored an unbelievable 97 in Dubai against KXIP but in in the end, Sunil Narine’s 64(32) had a slight edge over these 3 because of the situation he walked into and then the situation he left the inning in.
KKR were 42-3 in 7.2 overs when Narine was sent in to take the spinners. Most teams would’ve gone with a conservative approach of rebuilding the inning but not KKR. Sending Narine worked as he took the attack and scored 64 in 32 balls with 6 fours & 4 sixes. When he got out, KKR score read 157-4 in 16.4 which was quite a dominating position for KKR to be in after being in so much trouble.