IPL IN NUMBERS
IPL: Which batsman has the wood on whom
Deepu Narayanan • Last updated on Fri, 31 Mar, 2017, 09:52 PM
David Warner has seven fifties in as many matches against RCB. © BCCI
In the 2014 IPL auction, Chennai Super Kings’ aggressive bid for opener Dwayne Smith raised a few eyebrows. They were not the team known to tinker their core group and going for Smith despite having Brendon McCullum and Faf du Plessis in their ranks was surprising, to say the least. Coach Stephen Fleming later confessed that the reason for it was Smith’s stellar record against the franchise – every time Smith batted against CSK he played some extraordinary innings which hit them very hard.
Here, in a two-part series, we take a look at a few such instances of a batsman taking a liking to a particular opposition.
David Warner for SRH vs RCB – Seven fifties in as many matches
David Warner’s exploits against Royal Challengers Bangalore is of two halves. In his first six matches against them, all for Delhi Daredevils, he scored just 107 runs at 17.83. But ever since donning the SunRisers Hyderabad jersey, he has been a different monster altogether against the familiar foes. His scores in the last seven innings read 61, 59, 57, 52 not out, 58, 92 and 69. No other player has scored more than four consecutive fifties against any team in the history of IPL. He has also hit an unbeaten 122 against them for New South Wales in the now defunct Champions League.
Warner vs RCB:
Inngs Runs Avg SR 50+ scores Highest MoM 13 555 46.25 162.28 7 92 3
Chris Gayle vs KXIP – 797 runs in 15 matches
No one in the history of IPL has scored more runs against a particular opposition than Chris Gayle against the Kings XI. Gayle’s love affair with KXIP started from his second appearance, for Kolkata Knight Riders then, scoring a 26-ball unbeaten 44 in a rain-affected encounter. He scored his first hundred against them, for Royal Challengers, in May 2011 and scored another one exactly the same day four years later. His eight scores of fifty or more against them is also a tournament record.
Gayle vs KXIP:
Inngs Runs Avg SR 50+ scores Highest MoM 15 797 56.92 175.55 8 117 4
Chris Gayle vs KKR – Four Man of the Match awards in 11 games
Gayle arrived on the scene in Royal Challengers’ gold and yellow for the first time against his former employers Kolkata Knight Riders, mid-season in 2011. He smashed an unbeaten 55-ball 102 and unleashed a different monster altogether. Gayle averaged 30 with a strike rate of 140 till then and since then, those numbers have risen to 43 and 153 respectively. He tormented Knight Riders, especially in their den at the Eden Gardens, as the following scores suggest – 102 (55), 86 (58), 96 (56) and 49 (31).
Gayle vs KKR:
Inngs Runs Avg SR 50+ scores Highest MoM 11 525 58.33 158.61 4 102* 4
Suresh Raina vs MI – Four fifties in knockout games
No other team has rubbed shoulders as often as Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians in the short history of IPL and it was Suresh Raina who helped the former to put their noses ahead in the crunch contests. He scored an unbeaten 35-ball 57 in the final of 2010 season to infuse momentum into the innings and was the only fifty in the summit clash, earning him Man of the Match award. Three years later he scored an unbeaten 82 off just 42 balls in the Qualifiers which booked his team a berth in the final. The following year he scored a 33-ball 54, unbeaten again, in the Eliminator thereby ending Mumbai’s campaign. Last year he scored a 36-ball 58 for Gujarat Lions, once again to terminate Mumbai’s journey for the season.
Raina vs MI:
Inngs Runs Avg SR 50+ scores Highest MoM 24 679 35.73 148.90 6 83* 4
Rohit Sharma vs KKR – The love for Eden
Rohit Sharma has always been a thorn in the flesh for the Knight Riders. Much before his love affair with the Eden Gardens commenced, he smashed 26 off a Mashrafe Mortaza over at the Wanderers to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat much to the dismay of the Knight Riders who were in the middle of their worst run. His only IPL hundred came at the Eden on a difficult track against an attack comprising of Sunil Narine, Brett Lee and Shakib Al Hasan among others. His last five innings against them read – 51, 98 not out, 30, 84 not out and 68.
Rohit vs KKR:
Inngs Runs Avg SR 50+ scores Highest MoM 18 655 54.58 140.55 5 109* 4
Virat Kohli vs SRH – Seven 40+ scores in nine innings
This is a nascent rivalry, with SunRisers having started playing IPL only since 2013. Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten 47-ball 93 where the rest of the team only managed 62 runs off 59 balls as they made light work of a daunting chase in Bengaluru in 2013. Later in 2015, he smashed a 19-ball 44 to chase down 81 runs in six overs in a rain-curtailed game to ensure SunRisers’ exit from the competition. He kicked off his brilliant run in 2016 with 75 against the familiar foes and ended with another half-century in the final.
Kohli vs SRH:
Inngs Runs Avg SR 50+ scores Highest MoM 9 434 62.00 146.62 4 93* 2
Ajinkya Rahane vs DD – An impressive average of 77.75
Ajinkya Rahane’s run against Delhi Daredevils has been more steady than spectacular. He was only 20 years old when he scored 56 in a losing cause in the 2009 edition in South Africa. He played another superb knock – an unbeaten 84 off 63 – in 2012 against Daredevils as his side lost by one run. This remains the highest unbeaten score by an opener in an IPL run-chase in a losing cause. He has reached double figures in all his matches against them and his team has remained unbeaten in the last eight encounters against Daredevils. He has scored 622 runs against them with six fifties and highest of an unbeaten 91.
Rahane vs DD:
Inngs Runs Avg SR 50+ scores Highest MoM 13 622 77.75 132.05 6 91* 4