The Indian Premier League is back, and in the usual fashion, the business has picked up. Delhi Capitals beat the mammoth Chennai Super Kings, displaying great batting fireworks. Speaking of a great batting displays, IPL became a huge hit worldwide thanks to its fast-paced nature and innovative shots by the batsmen. So it is only fitting that we recognize some records created by the players. Let’s take a look at the 5 fastest players to reach 1000 runs in the IPL.
#5. Kane Williamson: 1000 IPL runs in 28 innings
Kane Williamson is widely considered as one of the best batsmen today. The Kiwi skipper has always been a tremendous batsman, and wasted no time showing his talents in the IPL. Till date, he has scored 1619 runs at a strike rate of almost 40.
Williamson is the 5th fastest batsman to reach 1000 IPL runs. He achieved this feat in 28 innings in 2018. Since then, he has become an integral part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad and has been very instrumental in their success. With the 2021 season of the IPL underway, Williamson is bound to be a strong contender for the orange cap.
#4. Chris Gayle: 1000 IPL runs in 27 innings
It’s a surprise Gayle doesn’t top this list too, given how he has dominated the record charts in the shortest format of the game. Justifying his nickname of ‘Universe Boss’, Gayle has lit the T20 format on fire all over the world. He is widely considered one of the greatest T20 players of all time.
Gayle reached 1000 runs in 27 innings. He reached this milestone in 2011. Gayle’s career has only soared since then, and he has set humongous records in the tournament. Gayle has scored 4812 runs at an average of 41.13. Combined with his entertaining persona and explosive batting skills, Gayle is the perfect fit for the IPL.
#3. Matthew Hayden: 1000 IPL runs in 25 innings
Matthew Hayden is one of the greatest opening batsmen of all time. His opening stands with Justin Langer are forever etched in the history books. Hayden took his tremendous batting prowess to the biggest T20 league in the world, the IPL.
Hayden is the third-fastest batsman to reach 1000 runs in the IPL. He did so in 25 innings. He achieved this feat in 2010, two years before his eventual retirement in 2012. Hayden became famous for his use of the ‘Mongoose bat’ in the IPL.
#2. Lendl Simmons: 1000 IPL runs in 23 innings
Lendl Simmons is an explosive Trinidadian cricketer. He previously played for Mumbai Indians and even played as an opener for the dominant outfit. Simmons never failed to provide a flying start to MI. He and Dwayne Smith were very instrumental in the franchise’s success in that season of the IPL.
Simmons reached 1000 runs in 23 innings. He is the second-fastest batsman to do so. From 29 matches, Simmons has scored 1079 runs at an average of 39.96.
#1. Shaun Marsh: 1000 IPL runs in 21 innings
The Marsh brothers are one of the best brother-duos in cricket today. Shaun Marsh is the older of the two, and he tops the list by reaching 1000 IPL runs in just 21 innings.
Marsh was a KXIP mainstay and scored 2477 runs in the IPL. He played 71 matches and had a decent average of 39.95. His ability to accelerate at any point was a huge asset to the Punjab outfit. Shaun’s younger brother Mitchell Marsh recently pulled out of the 2021 IPL, citing bubble fatigue due to COVID-19 as the reason.