Top 10 Most Runs While Batting First in IPL

Come one, come all cricket fans! Do you want to know which batsmen have scored the most runs while batting first in IPL history? Get ready for some explosive stats that’ll bowl you over! Shikhar Dhawan tops the leaderboard with a whopping 3,770 runs to his name when his team bats first. Hot on his heels is the legendary Virat Kohli with 3,724 first innings runs. Rounding out the top 3 is captain fantastic Rohit Sharma, smashing his way to 3,465 opening runs.

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Most Runs while Batting First in IPL

Shikhar Dhawan3770122106*34.27127.321/28
Virat Kohli372411311336.15128.814/29
Rohit Sharma3465121109*31.21135.511/24
Suresh Raina3194109100*32.26135.621/26
AB de Villiers316388133*45.84161.953/25
David Warner31518312642.58137.353/27
MS Dhoni295212475*39.89138.200/14
Chris Gayle287376175*40.46153.395/18
Dinesh Karthik252110997*28.32135.240/12
Ajinkya Rahane220476105*31.48127.252/15

Stats Insights

– The top two spots are shared by Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan, consistent performers in IPL batting records.
– Chris Gayle’s unbeaten 175 against Pune Warriors India remains the highest-ever individual score in a T20 game and came while batting first.
– Five of Gayle’s six IPL centuries and four of Virat’s five IPL centuries came while batting first.
– AB de Villiers has the best average among the leading run-scorers and also tops the strike rate column, showcasing his incredible consistency and explosiveness.

#1. Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan leads the with 3770 runs while batting first. Dhawan’s consistency is remarkable, evidenced by 28 half-centuries and a high score of 106*. His ability to attack the bowling upfront is reflected in a strike rate of 127.32.

#2. Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli closely follows the list with Dhawan 3724 runs while batting first in IPL. His aggression and intent are evident in his four centuries and 29 half-centuries in these situations. Kohli’s high score of 113 and an average of 36.15 reflect his consistency and ability to convert starts into substantial scores.

Gayle’s 175 Record Stands Tall

Chris Gayle, occupying the 8th spot, boasts an impressive record of 2873 runs while batting first. His unbeaten 175 off 66 balls against Pune Warriors India remains the highest T20 score by an individual. Gayle has five more centuries in IPL history, with four of them coming while batting first. His staggering strike rate of 153.39 showcases his aggressive batting style.

AB de Villiers

AB de Villiers, positioned at 5th, has displayed supernatural numbers with 3163 runs while batting first. His incredible average of 45.84 and a mind-boggling strike rate of 161.95 make him a standout performer. With three centuries and 25 half-centuries, ABD’s masterclass has left bowlers struggling.

Warner & Other Big Hitters

David Warner, with over 3000 runs while batting first, brings an aggressive batting style to the top of the order. His three centuries and a strike rate of 137.35 reflect his impact. Further down the order, stalwarts like MS Dhoni, Rahane, Raina, and Karthik have enjoyed the license to attack from ball one while batting first.


Batting first in IPL requires maximizing the powerplay overs. Batters like Kohli, Gayle, Warner, and de Villiers have shown how to set the stage on fire when afforded the chance. Their big hundreds and fiery starts have more often than not set up their teams for imposing totals.

While the game has evolved to favor chasing, teams with dominant batting line-ups continue to prefer setting targets. The top batters continue to rack up the runs while seeing off the new ball and attacking the restricted fields.

Who has the highest individual score in IPL batting first?

Chris Gayle with his unbeaten 175 off 66 balls against Pune Warriors in 2013 has the highest individual score batting first in IPL.

Which team has the highest score batting first in IPL?

RCB holds the record with 263/5 against Pune Warriors in 2013, enabled by Gayle’s record 175*

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