IPL 2016: 10 best batsmen from season 9 of the cash-rich league
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The ninth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) once again unearthed some budding talents and gave a platform for many to showcase it on a bigger platform. The ultimate battle was fought between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) which gave the fans some thrilling action saw the latter clinching the coveted title for the first time. The cash-rich tournament was one again heavily subjugated by the geniuses with the bat. Enormous records were scripted and runs were scored aplenty. Suraj Choudhari highlights ten such batsmen who made an impact in the season.  READ MORE: IPL 2016: Notable players who had little or nothing to do in season 9

Virat Kohli, Royal Challengers Bangalore: The Test skipper of India signed off the tournament with an ‘Orange Cap’ to his name for smashing the maximum number of runs in the entire tournament. Kohli amassed 973 run in 16 outing at a staggering average of 81.28 and a scorching strike rate of 152.03. He was in his prime and smashed four tons in the entire season. Kohli exhibited pure class and scored runs conventionally.  READ MORE: IPL 2016: Most memorable moments, Part I

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David Warner, Sunrisers Hyderabad: The skipper of the SRH side led his side from the front and marshaled his troops with immense confidence. He took on the best bowling attacks in the tournament and won many games single-handedly. His most important and finest performance came against Gujarat Lions (GL) in the decisive Qualifier 2 where he plundered an unbeaten 93 to steer his side into the final. He played a crucial role in the final too and won the title. Warner garnered 848 runs at 60.57 and was the second highest run-scorer after Kohli. READ MORE: IPL 2016 Flop XI: Kane Williamson, Pawan Negi, Hardik Pandya and others who failed

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AB de Villiers, Royal Challengers Bangalore: The Superman of contemporary cricket once again lived up to his reputation but failed at a crucial juncture which probably cost his side the final. De Villiers looked in pristine touch and snatched some improbably victories. His dogged innings in the Qualifier 1 against Gujarat Lions helped his side in reserving a berth in the final. De Villiers along with Kohli stitched many mesmerizing partnerships which was a treat for the fans to watch. De Villiers plundered 687 runs at 52.84 and at a mind-boggling strike rate of 168.79. READ MORE: IPL 2016: 11 best knocks from season 9 of the T20 extravaganza

 

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Shikhar Dhawan, Sunrisers Hyderabad: Dhawan was ineffective in the start of the tournament but as the tournament progressed he started finding his groove and did a good job at the top. In the business end of the tournament he got his team off to a flying start. Dhawan, quietly scored 501 runs in 17 outings at 38.53 and was a silent contributor.

Gautam Gambhir, Kolkata Knight Riders: KKR skipper Gambhir along with Robin Uthappa were one of the most consistent opening pairs in the tournament. Gambhir was the backbone of his batting line up and scored runs on a consistent basis. Gambhir made slight technical changes to his stance and batting which worked wonderfully for him in this season. He amassed 501 runs at 38.53 in 15 games as his team was eliminated in the playoffs.

Rohit Sharma, Mumbai Indians: Rohit looked good but failed to do it on a consistent basis. His strokes were coming neat and timed the ball really well. His failure in the crunch games affected MI massively as his success bolstered the whole batting line up. Rohit managed to collect 489 runs at 44.45 as his team was knocked out in the group stages itself.

Krunal Pandya, Mumbai Indians: Pandya displayed some hard-hitting abilities whenever there was an opportunity to be grabbed. He was also elevated in the batting order and played a brisk knock at the top. Pandya was maverick in his approach and worked as a catalyst in MI batting line up. He smacked 237 runs at a sizzling strike rate of 191.12 and a decent average of 39.50. He has certainly made a mark in the tournament.    

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Yusuf Pathan, Kolkata Knight Riders: Yusuf Pathan’s incredible consistency for the KKR was one of the main reasons behind their successful run to the playoffs. Pathan scored some much needed runs in the middle-order and bailed his team out on numerous occasions. He looked in good flow and the big hits were just flowing from his willow. Pathan harvested 361 runs at a stunning average of 72.20 and an astounding strike rate of 145.56.

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KL Rahul, Royal Challengers Bangalore:  Rahul was certainly one of the most improved Indian batsmen as he played some good knocks and looked more technically composed as compared to last year. His temperament was solid and placed his innings sensibly. In fact, his good run at the top along with Kohli made it tough for Chris Gayle to make it to the playing XI. Rahul yielded 397 runs at 44.11 and a blistering strike rate of 146.49. His enticing form earned him a spot in the Indian side for the West Indies and Zimbabwe tour; in fact, he is the only cricketer to make it to both the tours.

Karun Nair, Delhi Daredevils:  Nair possesses immense potential and has been tipped to make it to the Indian side soon. Nair played magnificently in the middle-order but threw his wicket away on many occasions. He played some match-winning knocks and steered his side towards victory with the best one coming against SRH. Nair reaped 357 runs at 35.70 and makes it to the lost.  

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(Suraj Choudharian avid cricket follower who plays the sport at club level, is a staffer with CricLife)