IPL 2020: In the fast-paced digital world of today, Cricket has evolved a lot and has become more of a source of entertainment rather than just a sport. The introduction of T20 cricket has perhaps changed the outlook of the game and focuses more on hitting rather than technique. Indian Premier League is a prime example of that.
The Indian Premier League came into existence in 2008 and has organized 12 editions successfully so far. IPL, today, is hailed as the biggest T20 franchise tournament and is the third most expensive sports property in the world.
IPL and destruction are often synonymous. Over the years, we have seen an outrageous display of hitting. Strike-rates have become primary criteria to judge the importance of players in the league. There have been a lot of players who have come to the fore and exhibited their power-hitting skills.
Amidst all the big sixes and fours, one question which begs to be asked is: Who is the most dangerous player in IPL history?
While there have been a lot of players who have had achieved success in IPL, no one has come closer to Rohit Sharma when you talk about the most dangerous players in IPL. But what makes him the most dangerous player in the league?
Why Rohit Sharma is the most dangerous player in IPL?
Apart from leading Mumbai Indians to four IPL titles, Rohit Sharma has been a consistent run-maker in IPL. A remarkable power-hitter, Rohit Sharma has time and again taken the world by storm with his destructive yet heart-warming knocks in the cash-rich league.
He began his IPL career with Deccan Charger- a team based in Hyderabad. His performances in IPL, during the early years of his career, helped him remain in contention for an international call-up. Averaging 36.72, Rohit Sharma scored 404 runs in 13 games. He was one of the most dangerous players in the inaugural edition, his strike rate of 147.98 suggests.
His career, however, reached new heights when he was bought by Mumbai Indians ahead of the 2012 IPL. He scored his maiden Premier League century in the same year and amassed 433 runs in 17 games at an average of 30.92.
The year 2013 saw him leading Mumbai Indians to their first IPL title. It proved to be the turning point of his IPL career as there was looking back from thereon. Striking at 131.54, he scored 538 runs in 19 matches during that season.
Rohit Sharma has helped Mumbai Indians to 4 titles since. He is regarded as one of the most successful players in the tournament’s history. Though, in the last few years, his performances as a batsman have seen a dip. Yet, he still possesses a career strike rate of 130.
Rohit Sharma is unarguably the most dangerous batsman in the tournament His strike rate, over these years, has consistently remained closed 130, and has given countless wonderful starts in the power play overs. To exhibit top-notch performances year after years tells a lot about the player. A master of a pull-shot, Rohit Sharma’s game is ideally suited to dominate T20 cricket.
In his illustrious career, he has made 197 appearances so far and has scored 5158 runs at an average and strike rate of 31.45 and 130.74 respectively. Besides, he has 1 century and 38 half-centuries to his name.