David Warner emerged the highest run-getter of the IPL 2015 © IANS
David Warner emerged the highest run-getter of the IPL 2015 © IANS

Mumbai Indians (MI) batsmen helped them win the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 final against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Bharath Seervi talks about the batting statistics of IPL 2015.

The season of 2015 was another IPL edition dominated by overseas batsmen. Four centuries were scored, all by overseas batsmen. The Orange Cap went to an overseas batsman. Three of the five batsmen who scored 500 runs in the season were from foreign countries. READ: MI beat CSK by 41 runs in IPL 2015 final

The season started off with MI losing to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at Eden Gardens. It ended with MI defeating CSK in the final at the Eden Gardens. On both occasions, MI skipper Rohit Sharma scored half-centuries. READ: KKR beat MI by 7 wickets

In the 47-day contest from April 8 to May 24, the batsman with highest aggregate runs was David Warner (562) from Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Unfortunately, his team couldn’t qualify for the playoffs. IPL 2015 Highest run-scorer: List of best batsmen in IPL 8

The highest individual score was 133* by AB de Villiers for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) against MI. Ajinkya Rahane had the best average (49.09), and Andre Russell the highest strike rate (192.89). Warner hit the most fours (65) and Chris Gayle most sixes (38).

Let us go through the batting statistics of IPL 2015 in detail.

Most dot balls faced

Batsman Dots Team
Lendl Simmons 201 MI
Dwayne Smith 183 CSK
Chris Gayle 156 RCB
Shreyas Iyer 148 DD
Ajinkya Rahane 140 RR

Lendl Simmons, the joint second-highest run getter in the tournament, played the most dot balls. In the final, he took his tally past 200 dot balls (of 413 balls he faced in the tournament).

Most dot balls faced in an innings

Batsman Dots Score For Against Venue Date Result
Ajinkya Rahane 25 62 (56) RR SRH Visakhapatnam 16-Apr-15 Won
Brendon McCullum 25 81 (61) CSK RR Chepauk 10-May-15 Won
Lendl Simmons 25 65 (51) MI CSK Wankhede 19-May-15 Won
Chris Gayle 25 41 (43) RCB CSK Ranchi 22-May-15 Lost
Rohit Sharma 24 98* (65) MI KKR Eden Gardens 08-Apr-15 Lost
Lendl Simmons 24 71 (56) MI KXIP Mohali 03-May-15 Won

Four batsmen played out 25 dot balls in a single innings in the eighth edition of IPL — Rahane, Brendon McCullum, Simmons and Chris Gayle. Simmons and Gayle did in the first and second Qualifiers respectively. Simmons had faced 24 dots in an earlier innings as well.

Most singles

Batsman Singles Team
Ajinkya Rahane 164 RR
Virat Kohli 153 RCB
Rohit Sharma 146 MI
Faf du Plessis 145 CSK
Lendl Simmons 137 MI

Rahane and Virat Kohli were the only two batsmen to take more than 150 singles in IPL 2015.

Most singles in an innings

Batsman Singles Score For Against Venue Date Result
Ajinkya Rahane 28 76* (55) RR CSK Motera 19-Apr-15 Won
Shane Watson 28 104* (59) RR KKR Brabourne 16-May-15 Won
Robin Uthappa 26 80* (58) KKR CSK Eden Gardens 30-Apr-15 Won
Gautam Gambhir 26 60 (49) KKR DD Kotla 20-Apr-15 Won
Virat Kohli 26 62* (46) RCB RR Motera 24-Apr-15 Won
Virat Kohli 26 82* (50) RCB MI Wankhede 10-May-15 Won

The openers from Rajasthan Royals (RR) —Rahane and Shane Watson — took the most singles in an innings, 28 each. Kohli took 26 singles on two separate occasions.

Most twos

Batsman Twos Team
Ajinkya Rahane 43 RR
Virat Kohli 34 RCB
David Warner 29 SRH
Lendl Simmons 25 MI
JP Duminy 24 DD
MS Dhoni 24 CSK

The top two batsmen with most singles ran the most number of twos as well —Rahane and Kohli.

Most twos in an innings

Batsman Twos Score For Against Venue Date Result
Moises Henriques 12 74* (46) SRH DD Raipur 09-May-15 Won
Steve Smith 10 79* (53) RR MI Motera 14-Apr-15 Won
Robin Uthappa 10 80* (58) KKR CSK Eden Gardens 30-Apr-15 Won
Ajinkya Rahane 8 91* (54) RR DD Brabourne 03-May-15 Won
Virat Kohli 8 48 (44) RCB CSK Chepauk 04-May-15 Won

Moises Henriques ran 12 twos in his innings of 74 not out off 46 balls for SRH against Delhi Daredevils (DD) at Raipur on May 9, 2015.

Most threes

Batsman Threes Team
Faf du Plessis 5 CSK
Parthiv Patel 4 MI
Murali Vijay 4 KXIP
Sanju Samson 3 RR
Shikhar Dhawan 3 SRH

The five threes run by Faf du Plessis for CSK are the most by a batsman in IPL 2015.

Most threes in an innings

Murali Vijay and du Plessis ran two threes each during their innings of 39 off 34 against MI on May 3, 2015 and 55 off 41 against MI on May 16, 2015 respectively.

Most fours

Batsman Fours Team
David Warner 65 SRH
AB de Villiers 60 RCB
Lendl Simmons 56 MI
Ajinkya Rahane 53 RR
Dwayne Smith 52 CSK
Brendon McCullum 51 CSK

Warner hit the most fours (65) and scored the most runs in the tournament (562).

Most fours in an innings

Batsman Fours Score For Against Venue Date Result
AB de Villiers 19 133* (59) RCB MI Wankhede 10-May-15 Won
Rohit Sharma 12 98* (65) MI KKR Eden Gardens 08-Apr-15 Lost
David Warner 11 61 (28) SRH CSK Hyderabad 02-May-15 Won
Shreyas Iyer 10 70* (49) DD CSK Raipur 12-May-15 Won
David Warner 10 58 (42) SRH KXIP Mohali 27-Apr-15 Won

The highest individual score in the tournament also had the most number of fours — 19 by de Villiers in his innings of 133 not out. Warner hit more than 10 fours twice.

Most sixes

Batsman Sixes Team
Chris Gayle 38 RCB
Kieron Pollard 28 MI
Brendon McCullum 23 CSK
Virat Kohli 23 RCB
AB de Villiers 22 RCB

It was the fourth season since 2011 that Gayle hit the most sixes in a season. He hit 44 sixes in 2011, 59 in 2012 and 51 in 2013. A tally 38 sixes are very less compared to Gayle’s status!

It is to be noted that of the top five, three were from RCB.

Most sixes in an innings

Batsman Sixes Score For Against Venue Date Result
Chris Gayle 12 117 (57) RCB KXIP Chinnaswamy 06-May-15 Won
Brendon McCullum 9 100* (56) CSK SRH Chepauk 11-Apr-15 Won
David Miller 9 89* (44) KXIP SRH Hyderabad 11-May-15 Lost
Chris Gayle 7 96 (56) RCB KKR Eden Gardens 11-Apr-15 Won
Harbhajan Singh 6 64 (24) MI KXIP Wankhede 12-Apr-15 Lost
Suresh Raina 6 62 (32) CSK RCB Chinnaswamy 22-Apr-15 Won
JP Duminy 6 78* (50) DD MI Kotla 23-Apr-15 Won

Gayle was the only one to hit more than 10 sixes in an innings in the tournament. David Miller hit 9 sixes and just 2 fours in his innings of 89* off 44.

Highest % (Min. 50 balls faced)

Of. Batsman 1 Batsman 2 Batsman 3
Dots 54.62% — Dwayne Smith 53.08% — Manan Vohra 52.27% — Corey Anderson
Ones 51.76% — Karn Sharma 51.72% — Akshar Patel 51.51% — Stuart Binny
Twos 14.73% — Deepak Hooda 12.67% — Sarfraz Khan 10.95% — Pawan Negi
Fours 23.37% — Quinton de Kock 20.71% — Andre Russell 20.47% — AB de Villiers
Sixes 12.90% — Hardik Pandya 11.57% — Deepak Hooda 11.42% — Harbhajan Singh

Lowest % (Min. 50 balls faced)

Of Batsman 1 Batsman 2 Batsman 3
Dots 21.12% — Sarfraz Khan 27.36% — George Bailey 28.95% — Steve Smith
Ones 21.79% — Dwayne Smith 23.57% — Brendon McCullum 24.28% — Harbhajan Singh
Twos 0% — Virender Sehwag 0% — Manoj Tiwary 1.29% — Quinton de Kock
Fours 3.52% — Karn Sharma 4.93% — Manan Vohra 5% — Ravi Bopara
Sixes 1.35% — Steve Smith 1.43% — Gautam Gambhir 1.51% — Stuart Binny

Virender Sehwag and Manoj Tiwary were the only batsmen who played more than 50 balls without taking a two in the tournament.

Statistical notes:

# Anureet Singh scored the most number of runs without hitting a four — 18 (though he hit a six).

# Hanuma Vihari scored the most number of runs without hitting a six — 39.

# Duminy scored the most runs in an innings without hitting a four — 44* off 38 with three sixes for DD against RR.

# Rahane scored the most runs in an innings without hitting a six — 62 off 56 with nine fours for RR against SRH.

Footnote Trivia:

The 562 scored by the Warner is the lowest for any Orange Cap winner in IPL. The only other batsman who won the Orange Cap aggregating less than 600 runs was Matthew Hayden in 2009 (572) runs.

Other Orange Cap winners: Shaun Marsh (616 runs in 2008), Sachin Tendulkar (618 runs in 2010), Chris Gayle (608 runs in 2011), Chris Gayle (733 runs in 2012), Mike Hussey (733 runs in 2013) and Robin Uthappa (660 runs in 2014).

(Bharath Seervi is a cricket statistician who is obsessed with digging numbers, facts and records related to the game. An active member of Society of Cricket Statisticians of India, he blogs at www.cricketseervistats.blogspot.com. He can be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SeerviBharath and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SeerviCricket)