Stats: Most Runs at Each Batting Position in IPL

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has seen batters rule the roost, scoring truckloads of runs. Some batters have had great success while batting in a particular position, outclassing their peers.

It is the top-order batters who have flourished the most, as they get the maximum opportunities to garner runs. However, some lower-order batters have also scored significant chunks of runs, showing their batting skills.

On that note, let’s look at the list of batters with the most runs at each batting position in IPL history.

Most Runs at Each Batting Position in IPL

OpenerShikhar Dhawan – 6362David Warner – 5909Chris Gayle – 4480Virat Kohli – 4319KL Rahul – 4123
No. 3Suresh Raina – 4934Sanju Samson – 3008Virat Kohli – 2815AB de Villiers – 2188Manish Pandey – 1942
No. 4Rohit Sharma – 2392AB de Villiers – 1956Rishabh Pant – 1856Yuvraj Singh – 1605MS Dhoni – 1560
No. 5MS Dhoni – 1955David Miller – 1950Dinesh Karthik – 1370Kieron Pollard – 1204Yusuf Pathan – 1201
No. 6Kieron Pollard – 1372Ravindra Jadeja – 1177MS Dhoni – 974Dinesh Karthik – 954Andre Russell – 685
No. 7Axar Patel – 862Andre Russell – 844Ravindra Jadeja – 632Rahul Tewatia – 424Irfan Pathan – 404
No. 8Harbhajan Singh – 406Rashid Khan – 374Piyush Chawla – 346Pat Cummins – 240R Ashwin – 216
No. 9Bhuvneshwar Kumar – 218Vinay Kumar – 123Kuldeep Yadav – 120Praveen Kumar – 118Piyush Chawla – 117
No. 10Praveen Kumar – 86Umesh Yadav – 84Dhawal Kulkarni – 75Mohammed Siraj – 69Kagiso Rabada – 52
No. 11Sandeep Sharma – 31Munaf Patel – 30Mohammed Siraj – 27Siddharth Trivedi – 25Dale Steyn – 22

Key Insights

Shikhar Dhawan has scored the most runs as an opener in the IPL, with over 6300 runs to his name.

Virat Kohli, Jos Buttler, and Chris Gayle have notched up 5 or more centuries while batting as openers in the IPL.

Suresh Raina sits at the top with the most runs (4934) and the most 50+ scores (38) in the No. 3 slot.

Yusuf Pathan, David Miller, and Ben Stokes are the only 3 batters to score a century while coming to bat at No. 5 or lower position. Pathan’s 37-ball hundred is the fastest by an Indian player in the IPL.

MS Dhoni and Miller are the only 2 batters with 40+ average and 140+ strike rate while batting in the No. 5 slot.

Kieron Pollard, who has scored the most runs at No. 6 (1372), has also smashed the most fifties (9) in the same position.

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Andre Russell and Hardik Pandya strike above 180 while scoring runs in the No. 6 position.

Only Russell has scored 5 or more half-centuries, along with an average of 40+ and a strike rate of 170+ while playing at No. 7 in the IPL.

Rashid Khan’s 79 not out against Mumbai is the highest score by a batter at No. 8 in the IPL. 

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