IPL playoffs and final are the most significant matches of the season. Every team works hard for many weeks just to get a place in the playoffs and the fans have seen how the players come under pressure, thereby struggling to play their natural game. Delhi and Gujarat Lions finished top of the points table, but crashed out before the final after losing two consecutive matches.
The above statement highlights the immense pressure that players come under during IPL playoffs. However, here are the five players who have the best strike rate with the bat in these high-stakes match-ups.
Murali Vijay – 147.37
Murali Vijay was one of the best T20 players in India at the start of the 2010s decade. He even scored a hundred against Delhi in the IPL playoffs. Vijay had a strike rate of 147.37 in playoffs and final, which proves he was a big match player.
AB de Villiers – 149.34
AB de Villiers played for Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi in the IPL. The South African star is known for his aggressive performances at the top of the order and has a strike rate of 144.13 in the playoff and final games he played.
Shane Watson – 151.36
Shane Watson has represented Rajasthan Royals, Chennai Super Kings, and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL. Watson hit a hundred against Hyderabad in IPL 2018 and has a strike rate of 151.36 in IPL playoff and finals.
Suresh Raina – 155.52
The vice-captain of Chennai Super Kings, Suresh Raina, is best remembers for his 25-ball 87 against Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2014 playoffs. He has a strike rate of 155.52 in these high-stakes matches.
Kieron Pollard – 170.26
Mumbai Indians’ star Kieron Pollard has the best strike rate in playoffs and final. He has played a pivotal role in Mumbai’s four title wins and his strike rate of 170.26 signifies his match-winning performances.