Mind-blowing differences in IPL stats of Indian Vs. Foreign Players

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 know that there are spectacular differences in the way the Indian and non-Indian players have performed over the last 12 years and 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.

Most Runs

Source: iplt20.com

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 T20 format, we outshine the foreigners in scoring runs consistently.

 Virat Kohli (RCB)16954122008–2019
 Suresh Raina (CSK, GL)18953682008-2019
 Rohit Sharma (DEC, MI)18348982008-2019
 David Warner (DD, SRH)12647062008-2019
 Shikhar Dhawan (DC, MI, SRH)15845792008-2019

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.

 Chris Gayle (RCB)175*66PWI2013
 Brendon McCullum (KKR)158*73RCB2008
 AB de Villiers (RCB)133*59MI2015
 AB de Villiers (RCB)129*52GL2016
 Chris Gayle (RCB)128*62DD2012

Most sixes (overall)

Source: iplt20.com

A mixed bag here with 2 foreigners and 3 Indians featuring in top 5.

Chris Gayle (KKR, RCB, KXIP) 1243262008–2019
AB de Villiers (DD, RCB) 1422122008–2019
MS Dhoni (CSK, RPS) 1702092008–2019
Suresh Raina (CSK, GL) 1891942008–2019
Rohit Sharma (DC, MI) 1831942008–2019

Most fours (overall)

Source: iplt20.com

While no one seems to own the skies, Indians definitely seem to be owning the boundary. With just David Warner appearing at 5th number, 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 to top 5 of this list. Another surprising statistic that differentiates Indians and foreigners in IPL.

Shikhar Dhawan (DC, MI, SRH) 1585242008–2019
Suresh Raina (CSK, GL) 1894932008–2018
Gautam Gambhir (DD, KKR) 1524912008–2019
Virat Kohli (RCB) 1694802008–2019
David Warner (DD, SRH) 1264582008–2019

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, Raina 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?

No Indian features in Top 10 for most 6’s in an inning. Only 4 Indians feature in Top 20 but Dhoni, Raina and Rohit are not there in Top 20 as well.

Chris Gayle (RCB)17PWI2013
Chris Gayle (RCB)13DD2012
Brendon McCullum (KKR)13RCB2008
Chris Gayle (RCB)12KXIP2015
AB de Villiers (RCB)12GL2016

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)30PWI2013
 Yusuf Pathan (RR)37MI2010
 David Miller (KXIP)38RCB2013
 Adam Gilchrist (DC)42MI2008
 David Warner (SRH)43GL2016
 AB de Villiers (RCB)43GL2016

Most Wickets

Source: iplt20.com

It might look like quite a mixed one here considering that Dwayne Bravo reached so close to Harbhajan and Piyush in much fewer innings. However, Bravo is the only non-Indian in the Top 10 and there are only 3 foreigners in the Top 20 making Indian bowlers the most effective breed in IPL.

Lasith Malinga (MI)1221702009–2017, 2019
Amit Mishra (DEC, DC, SRH)1471572008–2019
Harbhajan Singh (MI, CSK)1571502008–2019
Piyush Chawla (KXIP, KKR, CSK)1561502008–2019
Dwayne Bravo (MI, CSK, GL)1311472008–2019

Best bowling figures in an inning

The picture again changes and the foreigners perform better when it comes to best bowling figures in an inning. Although looking at the Top 10 it seems balanced as there are 5 Indians and 5 non-Indian players in the Top 10.

Alzarri Joseph (MI)3.406-12SRH2019
Sohail Tanvir (RR)46-14CSK2008
Adam Zampa (RPS)46-19SRH2016
Anil Kumble (RCB)3.105-5RR2009
Ishant Sharma (DEC)305-12KTK2011

Best bowling averages

Needless to say that the foreigners beat Indian players hands down in consistency and discipline of bowling. Shreyas Gopal is the only Indian bowler in the Top 10 rankings as well. India really needs to look into this aspect since the same players also play for India.

Kagiso Rabada (DC)1817.932017–2019
Doug Bollinger (CSK)2718.722010–2012
Dimitri Mascarenhas (KXIP, RR)1318.732008–2013
MF Maharoof (DD)2019.22008–2010
Shreyas Gopal (MI, RR)3019.392014–2019


We would say Indians know a lot of Hat-tricks. Out of a total of 19 hat-tricks in entire IPL history, 13 have been taken by Indian bowlers. This stat goes really hand-in-hand with Indians dominating the list of highest wicket-takers.

Most Stumpings

No prize for guessing who’s on top of the list here but it is heartening to see that the list is totally dominated by Indian wicketkeepers.

Wicket KeeperStumpingsSpan
MS Dhoni (CSK, RPS)382008–2019
Robin Uthappa (MI, RCB, PWI, KKR),322008–2019
Dinesh Karthik (DD, KXIP, MI, RCB, KKR, GL)302008–2019
Wriddhiman Saha (CSK, KXIP, KKR, SRH)192008–2019
Parthiv Patel (CSK, DEC, KTK, MI, RCB, SRH)162008–2019
Adam Gilchrist (DEC, KXIP)162008–2013

Indian players’ dominance behind the wickets is also evident from the Top 5 list of ‘most catches by wicketkeeper’ where all 5 players are Indians lead by Dinesh Karthik on top.

Most catches (fielder)

Source: iplt20.com

There is an old cricketing proverb – Catches win matches.
Surprisingly Indian fielders perform better than foreigners when it comes to fielding and that’s a true delight.

Suresh Raina (CSK, GL)1022008–2019
AB de Villiers (DD, RCB)842008–2019
Rohit Sharma (DEC, MI)832008–2019
Kieron Pollard (MI)822010–2019
Dwayne Bravo (MI, CSK, GL)742008–2019

Do let us know if you liked our analysis and enjoyed reading this article. Keep checking Piccle for more analysis on IPL and cricket.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: