Most Runs in an IPL Season: Shubman Gill Secures Third Position with 851 Runs in IPL 2023, Emerging as the Second Highest-Scoring Indian after Kohli

Posted By: Shweta Khandal

Posted On: May 27, 2023


The Indian Premier League (IPL) has been a platform where some of the world’s best batters have showcased their prowess and dominated the charts over the course of its 16 editions.

This premier T20 cricket tournament has witnessed remarkable run-scoring streaks by world-class batsmen who have single-handedly led their teams to glory. In this article, we will delve into the incredible performances of some of these exceptional batters who have left an indelible mark on the IPL.

Most runs in an IPL season:

1. Virat Kohli: A Run-Machine Extraordinaire

One name that stands out when we talk about batting excellence in the IPL is that of Virat Kohli, the former captain of India and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Kohli’s exceptional performance during the IPL 2016 season remains unparalleled to this day. In that edition, he amassed a mind-boggling 973 runs from 16 matches, making it the highest aggregate by any batter in a single season.

His remarkable tally included four centuries and seven fifties, leaving fans and critics in awe of his batting prowess. Despite Kohli’s heroics, Royal Challengers Bangalore finished as the runner-up that season, but his contribution was undoubtedly awe-inspiring.

2. Jos Buttler: A Century Blitz in IPL 2022

Jos Buttler, the dynamic English white-ball captain, showcased his explosive batting skills during the IPL 2022 season while playing for the Rajasthan Royals.

He plundered four centuries, a feat achieved by very few players in IPL history. Buttler’s exceptional batting prowess helped him accumulate a total of 863 runs in that season, securing the second spot on the list of the highest aggregates by a batter in a single edition of the IPL.

His powerful stroke play and ability to dominate the opposition’s bowlers left spectators amazed and established him as one of the most destructive batsmen in the tournament.

3. Shubman Gill’s Record-Breaking Innings

The IPL 2023 season witnessed another exceptional batting display, this time by Gujarat Titans’ opener Shubman Gill.

During the Qualifier 2 clash against the Mumbai Indians, Gill etched his name in the history books by becoming the second Indian and fourth overall to breach the 800-run mark in a single IPL season.

Gill’s incredible form saw him reach this milestone with ease. In that match, he not only achieved this remarkable feat but also registered his third century of the season, joining the elite club of Indian players who have scored three or more tons in an IPL season, a club that includes the legendary Virat Kohli.

Gill’s scintillating innings in the playoffs match left everyone spellbound. He scored a blistering 60-ball 129, which included seven fours and an astonishing 10 sixes.

Moreover, Gill surpassed Virender Sehwag’s record of 122 runs for Punjab Kings (then Kings XI Punjab) in 2014 to record the highest individual score in an IPL playoffs match. His explosive batting display showcased his ability to score quickly and set the stage on fire.

Most runs in an IPL season

Name and Year Matches Runs Average Strike Rate 100s 50s Highest Score
Virat Kohli (RCB) – 2016 16 973 81.08 152.03 4 7 113
Jos Buttler (RR) – 2022 17 863 57.53 149.05 4 4 116
Shubman Gill (GT) – 2023 16 851 60.78 156.43 3 5 129
David Warner (SRH) – 2016 17 848 60.57 151.42 0 9 93*
Kane Williamson (SRH) – 2018 17 735 52.50 142.44 0 8 84

(Stats updated after GT vs MI Qualifier 2 match)

The Indian Premier League has been a stage where some of the world’s finest batters have displayed their exceptional skills, leaving fans and pundits in awe.

Virat Kohli’s record-breaking aggregate in the IPL 2016 season, Jos Buttler’s century blitz in IPL 2022, and Shubman Gill’s breathtaking performances in the IPL 2023 season are a testament to the sheer brilliance of these batsmen. Their remarkable feats will be remembered for years to come and have set new standards of excellence in T20 cricket.

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