KAne Williamson, IPL 2018, IPL, SRH, RCB
Kane Williamson is only behind KL Rahul in the orange cap list © AFP

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) captain Kane Williamson’s ominous form continued in Match 51 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018. On Wednesday he brought up his eighth fifty of the season, this time against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. Williamson drew level with Chris Gayle, who had slammed a hundred and 7 fifties for RCB in 2012. However, the record set in 2016 still stands. In a ridiculous demonstration of gluttony for runs, Virat Kohli had smashed 4 hundreds and 7 fifties. The list of most fifties in a single season reads thus:

Most fifties in an IPL season
Season Batsman Team 100s 50s 50+
2016 Virat Kohli Royal Challengers Bangalore 4 7 11
2016 David Warner Sunrisers Hyderabad 9 9
2012 Chris Gayle Royal Challengers Bangalore 1 7 8
2018 Kane Williamson Sunrisers Hyderabad 8 8

As is evident, David Warner is second on the list, dominated entirely by RCB and SRH batsmen. Despite that, Warner didn’t get to top the list for 2016. However, Warner did make up for that, topping the list in 2014 and 2015, and finishing at par with Robin Uthappa in 2017 (however, it should be mentioned that Uthappa’s was an all-fifty outing, while one of Warner’s fifties was a hundred).

Most fifties in every IPL season
Season Batsman Team 100s 50s 50+
2008 Shaun Marsh Kings XI Punjab 1 5 6
2009 Matthew Hayden Chennai Super Kings 5 5
JP Duminy Mumbai Indians 5 5
2010 Jacques Kallis Royal Challengers Bangalore 6 6
2011 Subramaniam Badrinath Chennai Super Kings 5 5
2012 Chris Gayle Royal Challengers Bangalore 1 7 8
2013 Michael Hussey Chennai Super Kings 0
Virat Kohli Royal Challengers Bangalore 0
2014 David Warner Sunrisers Hyderabad 0
2015 David Warner Sunrisers Hyderabad 7 7
2016 Virat Kohli Royal Challengers Bangalore 4 7 11
2017 David Warner Sunrisers Hyderabad 1 4 5
Robin Uthappa Kolkata Knight Riders 5 5
2018 Kane Williamson Sunrisers Hyderabad 8 8

Once again, the list is dominated by RCB and SRH cricketers. Fourteen players occupy top spots for the eleven seasons, of whom four are from each of RCB and SRH. Chennai Super Kings have three entries, while Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), Mumbai Indians (MI), and Kolkata Knight Riders have one each.