There is no denying the fact that the Indian T20 League is the biggest T20 franchise cricket tournament across the world. Numerous world-class players come together to participate in the cash-rich tournament and make it a grand event. Over the years, the fans have witnessed some outstanding games of cricket in the league.
A number of games went down to the wire, with the result of the game deciding in the very last ball of the match. It’s not a hidden fact that the teams crave to have world-class finishers in their teams, who have the ability to finish games in the death overs or smack huge sixes in the final few overs to take the team to formidable scores if batting first.
The demand for power-hitters, who can smash huge sixes in the death overs and has the ability to turn the complexion of the game in a matter of a few overs has skyrocketed. Not a lot of cricketers have managed to do it for a longer period of time.
While talking about the players who have finishing abilities and who have scored the most runs in the death overs, MS Dhoni always comes first to mind and, rightly so.
Who has scored the most runs in the death overs?
Mahendra Singh Dhoni holds the record for scoring the most runs in the history of the Indian T20 League. The former Indian skipper has played for Chennai and Pune in his Indian T20 League career and has managed to score 2490 runs in death overs. Former West Indies skipper, Kieron Pollard is also hailed as one of the biggest match-winners in the tournament. He has scored the second most number of runs in the death overs. Playing for Mumbai, Pollard has scored 1705 runs.
At third on the list is Ab de Villiers. The South African cricketer has, singlehandedly, won Bangalore numerous matches in the Indian T20 League. He has managed 1421 runs in the death overs in the cash-rich league.
Dinesh Karthik has played for a plethora of franchises in his Indian T20 League career. Currently, he has donned the role of a finisher in Bangalore’s team in the ongoing edition of the cash-rich tournament. He has 1214 runs to his name in the death overs and, thus, sits at fourth on the list.
Ravindra Jadeja began his Indian T20 League career with Rajasthan Royals. He later played for Gujarat, and Kolkata, and is currently an integral cog in Chennai’s team. Jadeja has scored the fifth-most number of runs in the death overs. He has scored 1155 runs between 16th and 20th over in the cash-rich league.
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are at the 6th and 7th position on the list respectively. Rohit Sharma, during his early days, batted in the middle order for Deccan Chargers. Overall, he has scored 1145 runs in the death overs, while Kohli has managed to score 985 runs between 16th and 20th overs.
Hardik Pandya was a designated finisher for Mumbai before leading Gujarat franchise in the ongoing edition of the Indian T20 League. He has made a major chunk of his runs in the death overs. He currently has 8th most number of runs scored in the death overs in the tournament. Pandya has 959 runs to his name, scored between 16th and 20th over.
Yusuf Pathan and Andre Russell occupy the bottom two positions in the list of top ten players with the most runs in the death overs. Yusuf Pathan sits at ninth position with 858 runs to his name, while Russell has scored 821 runs at the death overs in the Indian T20 League.