8. Andre Russell
Probably the biggest game-changer in IPL history, Andre Russell is truly a one man show. The 2019 IPL saw the very best of Russell as he smashed 510 runs in just 249 balls for a tournament record strike rate of 204.81!
His season was studded with 52 sixes in just 13 innings at an astonishing rate of 4 per game, as he destroyed every bowling attack in an unprecedented manner. He even managed to take 11 wickets on the way, despite nursing a shoulder injury throughout the campaign, and was eventually awarded the MVP award for his exploits.
Russell has the capability to change the course of the game with a 3 over dash with the bat or a couple of quick wickets with the ball as well, making him Kolka Knight Rivers key player. Russell has hit some of the biggest sixes in T20 Leagues all over the world, and is regarded as one of the best T20 batsmen in the world to watch, guaranteed entertainment.
7. Glenn Maxwell
Probably the biggest hitter in the current Australian line-up, Maxwell, appropriately nicknamed “The Big Show”, is definitely a huge entertainer and a firm crowd-favourite in India. The all-rounder’s talent in unquestionable, but he has suffered from a lack of consistency throughout his career.
However, with his international reputation going through the roof, he turned into a one-man-army for Kings XI Punjab in the 2014 edition of the IPL. Maxwell was in the best form of his career during that season, and lit the league up with his massive sixes. In 16 innings he scored 552 runs, with 279 of them coming in the first 3 matches of the season, in just 131 balls!
Across the season, his strike-rate was 187, which is incredible considering he was also one of the highest run-scorers of the season. Chennai in particular were his favourite victims as he hammered 185 runs in just 81 balls over 2 innings against them. A mighty slogger of the white ball, Maxwell’s best areas are over mid-wicket and over long-on, however he has also innovated a few of the latest trending shots, including all kinds of scoops over the keeper as well as his trademark reverse-hit / reverse sweep, which he hits with such power that more often than not the ball clears the rope!
Maxwell is not only one of the best bestmen in the world but also one of the best fielders in the world and has taken some absolutely blinding catches in the IPL over the last 8 years. Overall, Maxwell has scored 1505 in 79 innings, with a. strike rate of over 150 and a highest score of 95. His international T20 record for Australia is even better, with 1687 runs in just 60 innings, studded with 3 centuries. He has had issues with consistency, but when he gets going he is undoubtedly one of the best T20 batsmen in the world to watch.
6. AB De Villiers
Mr 360, as he is often called by his legion of fans all over the world, AB Devilliers is a true entertainer, and an absolute freak of nature. A true legend of the T20 game, ABD is arguably the most popular overseas cricketer in IPL history, with absolutely no haters.
He often sees the cricket ball as a football, or that’s what it seems by the way he dispatches it to every corner of the field with such ease. One of the very few players who have been playing IPL since its very first match back in 2008, ABD started his career with the Delhi Daredevils (now known as Delhi Capitals), and was their highest run-getter in the 2009 season which was held in South Africa.
However, his move to the Royal Challengers Bangalore elevated his game to the next level, and he led their batting charts for 3 seasons despite playing alongside the likes of Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle. ABD has scored 4849 runs in 156 IPL innings, with a devastating combo of a 150+ strike rate and an average of almost 40, with 3 centuries and 38 half centuries. While his international record hasn’t been as effective as his IPL record, ABD was still one of the best T20 batsmen in the world in this format before he retired from international cricket.
5. Eoin Morgan
The England T20I skipper is one of the finest strikers of a cricket ball in the world. One of the most balanced middle-order batsmen in limited overs cricket, Morgan can stabilize an innings just as easily as he can rip apart any bowling attack in the world.
Famous for his clean, big sixes all across the park, Morgan was one of the best T20 batsmen in the world at the last auction, and Kolkata Knight Riders have done very well to keep his price relatively low. Purchased for a sum of 5.5 crores, the pressure will be on Morgan to replicate his ODI and T20I form in the IPL after several mediocre seasons. He has crossed the 300 run barrier only once in his IPL career, but is currently regarded as the best middle-order batsman in T20 internationals.
Morgan has scored 2278 runs in 93 innings for England, and is their most reliable middle order batsmen who almost always performs when the top order doesn’t. Morgan is known to hit some huge sixes, especially off spinners, and has struck 171 sixes in T20 cricket overall.
4. David Warner
Regarded as one of the greatest players in IPL history, and easily the best foreigner to grace the league, David Warner is one of a kind. The only batsman with 3 Orange Caps (he is also the current holder of that award), Warner’s consistency matched with a strike rate of above 140 is shockingly impressive.
In just 142 innings, he has clocked 5254 runs at an amazing average of above 42.71, despite being an opener throughout his IPL career. Warner has evolved in to one of the world’s most destructive openers in all 3 formats of the game. He was made captain of the SRH team in 2015 and has led them by example over the years, none more so than in 2016 when he single-handedly won the title for them with his inspirational performances and leadership.
In the 2020 edition, he managed to cross the 500-run mark for the 7th consecutive season, thereby proving to be the most consistent batsman in the league’s history. Only Gayle (6) and Kohli (5) have scored more IPL centuries than Warner. He is also one of the best fielders the IPL has seen, with some tremendous catches and insane run-outs over the years. He would be looking to lead SRH to a 3rd title and also retain his Orange Cap for a record 4th award in IPL 2021. Warner is Australia’s favourite to lead the line of the best T20 batsmen in the world.
3. Quinton De Kock
Quinton De Kock is one of the most consistent and explosive openers in T20 cricket right now. He is one of the few players who directly benefitted from ABD retiring from the International setup for South Africa.
In 47 innings, he has scored 1303 runs for South Africa at a strike rate of more than 135 and an average of above 31. His IPL record is even more impressive, with 1959 runs in just 66 innings, 1 century and 14 half-centuries. De Kock has been very influential for Mumbai Indians, scoring more than 500 runs in 2019 and 2020 both, as MI won back-to-back IPL titles.
He has been in superb form of late, and has always given MI some solid starts, which helps them post huge totals and win more games. He has a very aggressive playing style, and often loves to charge down the pitch even against the most lethal fast bowlers in the world, proving that he is fearless and never gets intimidated despite his short frame. He is also a fantastic wicket-keeper with lightning reflexes. Many pundits have described him as one of the best T20 batsmen in the world in recent years.
2. KL Rahul
KL Rahul has one of the fastest growing reputations in world cricket. The South Indian keeper-batsman was the top scorer in the recently concluded IPL 2020, amassing 670 runs in 14 innings at an amazing average of 55, with 1 century and 5 fifities.
His innings of 132 was one of the best innings that season. In the previous season, Rahul scored 593 runs with 1 century and 6 fifties, and in 2018 he scored 659 runs in 144 innings at an average of 53. Rahul has scored 2647 runs in 81 IPL matches, 2319 of which have come in the last 4 seasons, more than any other player during that time period.
Rahul has also scored 2 T20 international tons for India, with a highest score of 110. He has scored 1542 international runs in just 41 innings, at a stunning average of 44.06. This proves that Lokesh Rahul is one of the very best T20 batsmen in the world in T20 cricket, for India as well as for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL.
1. Dawid Malan
Though Malan has never played in the IPL yet, he has emerged as the finest T20 batsman in the world in 2020 for England. One of the very few exclusive T20 players in the England set up, the left-handed batsman has scored 855 runs in just 19 innings at a staggering average of 53.44, one of the highest in this format.
Combined with a strike rate of almost 150, Malan’s consistency is unbelievable. He has hit 1 century and 9 half centuries, in just 19 innings. Malan has scored a huge amount of runs in every global T20 league he has played in so far, and we cannot wait to see him make his IPL debut next season, as we believe he is one of the current best T20 batsmen in the world in this format.