IPL is a level playing field where players from different cricketing countries come together on the same platform and compete as a team with each other irrespective of which country they represent. Such a heterogeneous composition of cricket teams shall remove all biases and the performance of the Indian and non-Indian players should be free of their nationality. You will be surprised to see these spectacular differences in the IPL stats of Indian and non-Indian players.
It didn’t matter which foreign country the non-Indian players belonged to and how much have they played on Indian soil earlier. The trends are so distinct that you will be left thinking as to what all possible reasons could be behind such stark differences in performance across various disciplines of the game.
IPL Stats for Most Career Runs
Indians really score big time here with just David Warner being there in The top 5. Call it Indian conditions or the ability of Indian batsmen to keep scoring in the T20 format, we outshine the foreigners in scoring runs consistently.
|Virat Kohli (RCB)||192||5878||2008–2020|
|Suresh Raina (CSK, GL)||193||5368||2008-2019|
|David Warner (DD, SRH)||142||5254||2008-2020|
|Rohit Sharma (DEC, MI)||200||5230||2008-2020|
|Shikhar Dhawan (DC, MI, SRH)||176||5197||2008-2020|
Highest individual score
The table is turned though when it comes to the highest scores. It seems like foreign players are better at scoring at a fast pace and taking their personal score to new heights. And it is not just one country Gayle, McCullum, de Velliers play for West Indies, New Zealand and South Africa respectively.
As we said, it didn’t matter which country they belonged to didn’t matter when we look at the stats. Only KL Rahul, from India, could make it to the Top 5, that too in the last season of IPL.
|Chris Gayle (RCB)||175*||66||PWI||2013|
|Brendon McCullum (KKR)||158*||73||RCB||2008|
|AB de Villiers (RCB)||133*||59||MI||2015|
|KL Rahul (KXIP)||132*||69||RCB||2020|
|AB de Villiers (RCB)||129*||52||GL||2016|
IPL Stats for Most sixes (overall)
A mixed bag here with 2 foreigners and 3 Indians featuring in the Top 5.
|Chris Gayle (KKR, RCB, KXIP)||131||349||2008–2020|
|AB de Villiers (DD, RCB)||156||235||2008–2020|
|MS Dhoni (CSK, RPS)||182||216||2008–2020|
|Rohit Sharma (DC, MI)||195||213||2008–2020|
|Virat Kohli (RCB)||184||201||2008–2020|
IPL Stats for Most fours (overall)
While no one seems to own the skies, Indians definitely seem to be owning the boundary. With just David Warner appearing in the Top5, Indians have shown their love for hitting boundaries.
It is remarkable to see how such big hitters like Gayle, McCullum, deVillers etc haven’t made it to the Top 5 of this list. Another example of how IPL stats can be so surprisingly different for Indians and foreigners in IPL.
|Shikhar Dhawan (DC, MI, DH, SRH)||175||591||2008–2019|
|David Warner (DD, SRH)||142||510||2008–2020|
|Virat Kohli (RCB)||184||503||2008–2020|
|Suresh Raina (CSK, GL)||189||493||2008–2019|
|Gautam Gambhir (DD, KKR)||152||492||2008–2018|
Most sixes in an inning
Well well, we didn’t expect this, and neither did you. A complete washout; even though it’s just three players who dominated the list, we’d have expected at least 1 Indian to make it to the top 5. This further highlights how different Indian and foreign players are.
Dhoni, Kohli and Rohit Sharma who are in the top 5 list for overall 6’s do not feature in this list at all, as a matter of fact, they don’t even feature in the top 10 of this list. Want some more surprises?
Only 1 Indian features in the Top 10 for most 6’s in an inning, Murali Vijay. Even more surprisingly, Mahi, Virat and Rohit are not there in the Top 20 either.
|Chris Gayle (RCB)||17||PWI||2013|
|Chris Gayle (RCB)||13||DD||2012|
|Brendon McCullum (KKR)||13||RCB||2008|
|Chris Gayle (RCB)||12||KXIP||2015|
|AB de Villiers (RCB)||12||GL||2016|
IPL Stats for Fastest centuries
This table clearly shows how obvious the skew is in the playing styles of Indian and non-Indian players. Only Yusuf Pathan made it to the list. This, however, can be a direct result of foreigners being more successful in hitting 6s in a single inning.
|Chris Gayle (RCB)||30||PWI||2013|
|Yusuf Pathan (RR)||37||MI||2010|
|David Miller (KXIP)||38||RCB||2013|
|Adam Gilchrist (DC)||42||MI||2008|
|David Warner (SRH)||43||GL||2016|
|AB de Villiers (RCB)||43||GL||2016|
Now that we have seen how the batting performances are so different between the two sets of players, have a look at the bowling, wicket-keeping and fielding performances too. You might be even more surprised with the stark differences that you never noticed earlier.