Raina, Kohli, Gayle – the top 10 IPL batsmen that are still playing in 2020

The Big Names Returning for IPL 2020

Virat Kohli India vs Australia 2013

Who is dominating the IPL leaderboard for batsmen?

Nine of the top 10 run-scorers in the 12-year history of the Indian Premier League will play in the 2020 edition of the cash-rich tournament. From Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina to Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers, local and international talent from far and wide will shuffle up and down the IPL leaderboard when the 13th installment arrives later this year.

Kohli should feature heavily in IPL 2020 betting markets

Virat Kohli is the Indian Premier League's leading run-scorer. He has fewer than 50 runs more than second-placed Suresh Raina at the moment. Kohli will captain the Royal Challengers again. The right-handed Kohli is a big force to be reckoned with, setting or chasing a target. While Kohli has the most runs overall, he has only scored the most runs in a particular tournament once. That was in 2016, when his 916 runs in 16 matches was more than anyone else.

Raina to potentially power the Super Kings

Raina will continue to play for the star-studded Chennai Super Kings. Being left-handed has really worked to Raina's advantage in certain scenarios, as bowlers used to bowling at right-handers a lot get their lines and lengths wrong. He will have plenty of support and friendly inter-team competition from fellow batsmen Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni and others. Every now and then, Raina has a bowl too. He has also played the most IPL matches and taken more IPL catches than anyone. IPL betting has Raina and Chennai offered at 7.00.

Best 5 IPL Betting Sites for 2020

Betting on cricket is very popular in India and the best way to do this is with online betting sites. They offer different outright and individual match markets, so you can pick and choose which you want to bet on. Picking who the Top Batsman for the tournament will be is usually one of the most anticipated betting options. Will the familiar faces dominate once again or are we destined for a surprise winner at big odds?

Here are our recommendations for the top cricket betting options for the IPL 2020.


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Sharma also Popular in IPL Cricket Betting

Rohit Sharma has the third most runs in the IPL. Sharma has been central to the Mumbai Indian franchise for a prolonged period. Sharma was named Man of the Match after the final of IPL 2015, when scored fewer runs than Mumbai team-mate Lendl Simmons but still won the award. Sharma was named the IPL's Emerging Player of the Year in 2009, but has obviously come a long way since then as the current captain of the four-time champions Mumbai Indians. Sharma has scored three double-centuries in ODI cricket, including the highest ever score of 263 against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens in Kolkata in 2014.

Warner the most prolific non-Indian batsman

Fourth-placed David Warner has made himself at home with the Sunrisers Hyderabad. He has scored about 200 runs fewer than Sharma, but didn't play in the first IPL in 2008. Sharma did. Both will be among the popular cricket betting markets for batsmen in the 2020 Indian Premier League. Warner is the only non-Indian batsman in the top five highest IPL run-scorers. He is one of three players from abroad in the top 10. The others are Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers.

Latest IPL 2020 Odds

IPL Team Winner Odds
Mumbai Indians 5.0
Hyderabad Sunrisers 5.0
Chennai Super Kings 5.5
Delhi Captials 7.0
Kolkata Knight Riders 8.0
Royal Challengers Bangalore 8.0
Rajasthan Royals 10.0
Kings XI Punjab 11.0

 

Dhawan destroys IPL bowling attacks

Shikhar Dhawan has scored the fifth most IPL runs in the history of the tournament. He is somewhat of a maverick at the top of the order and has been important to the Sunrisers Hyderabad over the years. Before that, he played for four other franchises. Yes, he gets around. But who wouldn't want the services of such a talented batsman who is capable of taking any attack to the cleaners…?

Gayle still a danger man for KXIP

Chris Gayle's big-hitting has been limited to three franchises, mainly the Royal Challengers Bangalore. He ha since moved to the Kings XI Punjab, though, and several cricket betting sites might back him to hit the highest individual score when those markets open. Few will forget the huge 175 not out Gayle struck against the Pune Warriors in IPL 2013. He has hit over 100 IPL sixes more than any other batsman, while his four count is right up there with the best of them as well. Gayle has hit the most sixes in an individual IPL on four occasions. He did this three times in a row in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Dhoni unlikely to dominate the IPL Top Batsman betting

Mahendra Singh Dhoni weighs in at seventh spot and is obviously loyal to the Super Kings, having played the bulk of his IPL career with them. He has been good to them and they have been good to him, but Dhoni will struggle to compete in IPL betting online with Super Kings team-mates like Faf du Plessis and Suresh Raina. Chennai have had several batting big guns over the years, like Dwayne Bravo and Shane Watson. They've usually batted ahead of Dhoni in the order, like Raina and du Plessis will do. Less time at the crease means smaller opportunities for Dhoni to score. But he's a good finisher nonetheless.

Uthappa new to the Rajasthan Royals

This year, Robin Uthappa will add the Rajasthan Royals to the growing list of IPL franchises he has represented. He doesn't have the superstar status enjoyed by the likes of Gayle, Dhoni, Dhawan and others, but is a massive asset to any team. He has the added element of wicketkeeping as well. He doesn't always perform the role, but if his franchise want to pick an extra specialist batsman or frontline bowler instead of a wicketkeeper, he is more than willing and capable of performing the role behind the stumps.

Top 10 IPL Batsman Still Playing

 

Batsman IPL Runs IPL Innings
Virat Kohli 5412 169
Suresh Raina 5368 189
Rohit Sharma 4898 183
David Warner 4706 126
Shikhar Dharwan 4579 158
Chris Gayle 4484 124
MS Dhoni 4432 170
AB de Villiers 4395 142
Ajinkya Rahane 3820 132

 

De Villiers could take MSL and BBL form into IPL

In at nine is AB de Villiers. Popular IPL online betting markets might offer good value for the South African, especially if he performs well for the Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League, like he did for the Tshwane Spartans in the Mzansi Super League. He plays all around the wicket, with those amazing laps, paddles, switch hits and flat bats down the ground of his. De Villiers might return to international cricket for the Proteas ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year.

Rahane leapfrogs Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir didn't play the IPL in 2019 and failed to get a contract for IPL 2020. Ajinkya Rahane, then, replaces Gambhir in the list of top 10 IPL run-scorers who are still playing. Rahane has left the Rajasthan Royals for the Delhi Capitals. His exit from the Royals is a big blow to their hopes of adding to the title they won at IPL 2008, but a major boost for Delhi's push for a maiden IPL trophy. Rahane is flexible, so opens the batting order slots into the middle order. He is really good at adapting his approach depending on where he bats in the order.

Top 10 IPL wicket-takers still playing

That's a wrap in terms of the Indian Premier League batsmen, but be sure to see the list of top 10 IPL wicket-takers as well. There are some great names in there like Lasith Malinga, Amit Mishra, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine and others. They will all be in action during IPL 2020 as well.

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