Top 5 Overseas Players with Most Runs in IPL

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The Indian Premier League might have an ‘Indian’ to it, but many overseas batters have equally made a name for themselves in this tournament. In this blog, we will look at the five top batters overseas who served their franchises well and became legends in their own right. These batters have also helped cricket enthusiasts earn exciting rewards in IPL betting.


Who Are the Five Overseas Batters With the Most Runs in the IPL?

Overseas batters have enthralled us with brilliant batting over the years. Batters like David Warner, AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, etc., have produced the goods consistently. Here’s a list of overseas batters with the most runs in IPL. 

  • David Warner


    With 6397 runs, Warner is the top run scorer among overseas players. He has played 176 games and scored four hundreds, and it’s no surprise he is the best overseas batter currently. After debuting in 2009 for Delhi Daredevils, he stayed there till 2013. A new chapter in his IPL career began when Sunrisers Hyderabad snapped him up in IPL 2014. He would go on to become a captain here and would go on to lead the team to the IPL trophy in 2016. Also, the left-handed batter won the Orange Cap in 2015, 2017, and 2019 seasons. Warner is currently with Delhi Capitals, whom he joined in the IPL 2022 season.

  •  AB de Villiers 

AB de Villiers, the Mr. 360,  can hit the bowler anywhere on the ground. His ability always pushed the opposition onto the back foot, as the captains didn’t know where to put the fielder. De Villers played the inaugural season for Delhi but moved to RCB in 2011 and never really looked back. By the time he was done in 2021, he would score 5162 runs, with three hundred and forty-fifties to his name. His unbeaten 133 runs against the Mumbai Indians during the IPL 2015 was perhaps his best knock in the IPL.

  •  Chris Gayle


    Gayle, the Universe Boss, started his career at the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2009. Afterward, he would move to the Royal Challengers Bangalore, where he would become a legend. The Caribbean batter slammed four centuries there before moving to Kings XI Punjab, where Gayle would smash another century. By the time he retired in 2021, he had played 142 games, accounting for 4965 runs. One of Gayle’s most amazing knocks came in the IPL 2013, where he slammed an unbeaten 175 runs off just 66 balls against now-defunct Pune Warriors India.

  •  Faf du Plessis



    The South African batter Faf du Plessis made his IPL debut in 2011 with Chennai Super Kings and stayed there until 2015, when the franchise was banned. He would play for Rising Pune Supergiants and return to the Chennai outfit in 2018, where the former South Africa captain would win the trophy for the first time. By the time he was done playing for them in 2021, he had won two IPL trophies, amassing 4133 runs. Although he hasn’t scored a hundred in IPL, he managed 33 fifties in his IPL career. Du Plessis’ best IPL knock came in the 2021 final, where he slammed 86 against Kolkata Knight Riders.

  • Shane Watson



    Shane Watson made his IPL debut in 2008 under Shane Warne at Rajasthan Royals. He made an instant impact, accounting for 472 runs in his first season. The all-rounder never looked back and stayed in the same franchise until 2015. A new chapter was awaiting him as CSK picked up Watson in 2018, where he would smash 555 runs in 15 games, helping his team win the IPL trophy. In that final, he would play one of the best IPL knocks. Against SRH, he would stay unbeaten at 117 and see his team home.

Most Runs in IPL by Overseas Players (Top 5)

 

Player Innings Runs Strike Rate 50s 100s
David Warner 176 6397 139.91 61 4
AB de Villiers 170 5162 136.73 40 3
Chris Gayle 141 4965 148.96 31 6
Faf du Plessis 123 4133 134.14 33 0

 

Concluding Thoughts

These overseas batters not only survived the IPL but thrived. Guys like Gayle and Warner had style and swagger, making them fan favorites. On the other hand, guys like Watson and Du Plessis have produced fantastic knocks in crucial games for their respective franchises. Meanwhile, De Villers was a different beast who could find the gaps effortlessly. To sum up, they were all diverse, but when it came to becoming a massive hit among Indian fans, they did it effortlessly.

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