Stat Leaders from the 2020 Indian Premier League Season

By Ben Morris in Cricket
| January 9, 2021 6:05 am PDT
IPL Player Stats for the 2020 Season

When it comes to the Indian Premier League, I love looking back at the player stats at the end of each season.

We all know that the Orange Cap is awarded to the top run-scorer, while the leading wicket-taker wins the Purple Cap. But when you delve a little deeper into the statistics, there are plenty of other interesting takeaways.

Of course, I cover all the obvious player stats in this post. But I also look at several different areas, including centuries, sixes, maidens, dot balls, and much more.

Join me as I assess all the key player stats for the 2020 IPL season.

Batting Stats for the 2020 IPL Season

Most Runs

  • KL Rahul (Kings XI Punjab) – 670
  • Shikhar Dhawan (Delhi Capitals) – 618
  • David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad) – 548
  • Shreyas Iyer (Delhi Capitals) – 519
  • Ishan Kishan (Mumbai Indians) – 516

Kings XI Punjab may have finished third from bottom in the standings, yet KXIP batsman KL Rahul was awarded the 2020 Orange Cap as the leading run-scorer for the season.

Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer fired Delhi Capitals all the way to the final. Three-time Orange Cap winner David Warner cemented his status as one of the best players in IPL history by ending the campaign in third place on the overall runs chart.

Ishan Kishan snuck into the top five, with Mumbai Indians teammates Quinton de Kock (503) and Suryakumar Yadav (480) just missing out.

Most Sixes

  • Ishan Kishan (Mumbai Indians) – 30
  • Sanju Samson (Rajasthan Royals) – 26
  • Hardik Pandya (Mumbai Indians) – 25
  • Nicholas Pooran (Kings XI Punjab) – 25
  • Eoin Morgan (Kolkata Knight Riders) – 24

Kishan was the fifth-highest run-scorer in the Indian Premier League last season. However, he was the undisputed six king. The Mumbai star even smashed nine maximums in a single innings against Royal Challengers Bangalore and went on to score 99.

Second-place Sanju Samson was the only other player to hit nine sixes in one IPL match in 2020, demolishing Chennai Super Kings in Sharjah.

It is hardly surprising that another MI player – Hardik Pandya – made it into the top five six-hitters. Kolkata Knight Riders captain Eoin Morgan notched up 24 maximums in 2020, although he only went on to make one half-century.

Only two players hit more sixes than Nicholas Pooran last year, while the big-hitting West Indies international also achieved the tournament’s two longest maximums.

BIGGEST SIXES IN THE 2020 IPL
Player Team Distance (m)
Nicholas Pooran Kings XI Punjab 106
Nicholas Pooran Kings XI Punjab 105
Jofra Archer Rajasthan Royals 105
Sanju Samson Rajasthan Royals 102
MS Dhoni Chennai Super Kings 102

Most Fours

  • Shikhar Dhawan (Delhi Capitals) – 67
  • Suryakumar Yadav (Mumbai Indians) – 61
  • KL Rahul (Kings XI Punjab) – 58
  • David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad) – 52
  • Devdutt Padikkal (Royal Challengers Bangalore) – 51

Shikhar Dhawan only managed to hit 12 sixes in 2020, with a whopping 20 players racking up more maximums. But the DC batsman hit six more fours than his nearest challenger – Suryakumar Yadav.

Dhawan’s measured approach goes a long way to explaining why he finished the campaign as the second-highest run-scorer.

The leading run-scorer – KL Rahul – contributed 58 fours last season, with David Warner and Devdutt Padikkal also among the top five four-hitters.

Most Centuries

  • Shikhar Dhawan (Delhi Capitals) – 2
  • KL Rahul (Kings XI Punjab) – 1
  • Mayank Agarwal (Kings XI Punjab) – 1
  • Ben Stokes (Rajasthan Royals) – 1

It’s that man again!

As well as being the second-highest run-scorer and the leading four-hitter in the Indian Premier League last year, Shikhar Dhawan was also the only player to achieve two centuries.

In fact, the 35-year-old became the first player in the tournament’s history to secure back-to-back centuries, hitting 101* against CSK before smashing 106* against KXIP just three days later.

Mayank Agarwal scored the fastest century of the competition, reaching 100 runs in just 45 balls. He also hit seven sixes and ten fours in the process.

KL Rahul and Ben Stokes were the only other men to pass the 100-run milestone in a single IPL game in 2020.

Most Fifties

  • KL Rahul (Kings XI Punjab) – 5
  • Devdutt Padikkal (Royal Challengers Bangalore) – 5
  • AB de Villiers (Royal Challengers Bangalore) – 5
  • 6 Players (4 Teams) – 4
  • 13 Players (8 Teams) – 3

Unsurprisingly, KL Rahul was one of only three batsmen to notch up five half-centuries last year. RCB duo Devdutt Padikkal and AB de Villiers were the other two.

Dhawan, Warner, Kishan, de Kock, Yadav, and du Plessis all managed to score four fifties in 2020, while 13 players reached three half-centuries.

Who scored the quickest fifty of the 2020 Indian Premier League season? The table below shows the top five fastest half-centurions of the campaign.

FASTEST FIFTIES IN THE 2020 IPL
Player Team Balls Faced
Nicholas Pooran Kings XI Punjab 17
Sanju Samson Rajasthan Royals 19
Kieron Pollard Mumbai Indians 20
Hardik Pandya Mumbai Indians 20
Marcus Stoinis Delhi Capitals 20

Highest Scores

  • KL Rahul (Kings XI Punjab) – 132*
  • Ben Stokes (Rajasthan Royals) – 107*
  • Shikhar Dhawan (Delhi Capitals) – 106*
  • Mayank Agarwal (Kings XI Punjab) – 106
  • Shikhar Dhawan (Delhi Capitals) – 101*

There were plenty of memorable knocks throughout the 2020 IPL season. Chris Gayle hit 99 runs off 63 balls against RR, while Kishan also fell one run short of a century.

But KL Rahul’s unbeaten 132 off just 69 balls against RCB was the highest individual score by quite some distance. In fact, only three players in the Indian Premier League history have racked up a bigger total over the years.

Ben Stokes’ remarkable 107-run effort against MI will go down as one of the greatest IPL innings of all time, although he only managed the second-highest individual score in 2020.

Agarwal’s 106 against RR is sandwiched between Dhawan’s consecutive centuries. It is also worth pointing out that Dhawan is the first-ever player to have two entries in the top five highest scores for a single IPL season.

IPL Bowling Stats for the 2020 Season

Most Wickets

  • Kagiso Rabada (Delhi Capitals) – 30
  • Jasprit Bumrah (Mumbai Indians) – 27
  • Trent Boult (Mumbai Indians) – 25
  • Anrich Nortje (Delhi Capitals) – 22
  • Yuzvendra Chahal (Royal Challengers Bangalore) – 21

As you can see, the IPL wicket-taking charts were dominated by DC and MI players in 2020. Funnily enough, both teams made it all the way to the final.

South African paceman Kagiso Rabada topped the leaderboard by claiming 30 wickets in 17 matches, while his teammate and countryman Anrich Nortje took 22 wickets in 16 outings.

MI pair Jaspirt Bumrah and Trent Boult picked up a phenomenal 52 wickets between them last season, with the Indian narrowly edging the New Zealander.

Royal Challengers Bangalore may have finished fourth last term, yet Yuzvendra Chahal took almost twice as many wickets as any of his teammates. Chris Morris and Mohammed Siraj were the joint-second highest wicket-tackers for RCB, although they only claimed 11 each.

Most Dot Balls

  • Jofra Archer (Rajasthan Royals) – 175
  • Jasprit Bumrah (Mumbai Indians) – 175
  • Rashid Khan (Sunrisers Hyderabad) – 168
  • Anrich Nortje (Delhi Captials) – 160
  • Trent Boult (Mumbai Indians) – 157

RR ultimately ended the 2020 campaign disappointingly, finishing rock bottom of the standings. However, Jofra Archer was a bright spot in an otherwise gloomy season for the Rajasthan franchise.

No player achieved more dot balls than the clinical Englishman last term, so it is no real surprise that he was named as the tournament’s MVP.

Having said that, Bumrah also bowled 175 dot balls. Afghan sensation Rashid Khan finished third on the dot-ball leaderboard, with Nortje and Boult completing the top five.

Interesting, three of the top five leading wicket-takers in 2020 were also among the top five dot-ball bowlers – Bumrah, Boult, and Nortje. This suggests that there is a clear correlation between wickets and dot balls.

AVERAGE DOT BALLS PER GAME IN THE 2020 IPL
Player Team Dot Balls Per Game
Jofra Archer Rajasthan Royals 12.5
Jasprit Bumrah Mumbai Indians 11.7
Rashid Khan Sunrisers Hyderabad 10.5
Trent Boult Mumbai Indians 10.4
Anrich Nortje Delhi Capitals 10

Most Maidens

  • Trent Boult (Mumbai Indians) – 3
  • Jasprit Bumrah (Mumbai Indians) – 2
  • Deepak Chahar (Chennai Super Kings) – 2
  • Shivam Mavi (Kolkata Knight Riders) – 2
  • Mohammed Siraj (Royal Challengers Bangalore) – 2

We all know that dot balls are hard to come by in T20 cricket, but it’s fair to say that maidens are even rarer.

In total, just 14 players bowled a maiden over in the Indian Premier League last year. Rabada, Morris, and Khan were among the nine men to bowl one, while only four bowlers achieved two.

However, Boult was the only player to bowl three maidens in 2020.

The Kiwi even managed to bowl a double-wicket maiden in the very first over MI’s November clash with DC. It doesn’t get much better than that, right?

Best Figures

  • Varun Chakravarthy (Kolkata Knight Riders) – 5/20
  • Jasprit Bumrah (Mumbai Indians) – 4/14
  • Trent Boult (Mumbai Indians) – 4/18
  • Jasprit Bumrah (Mumbai Indians) – 4/20
  • Kagiso Rabada (Royal Challengers Bangalore) – 4/24

The 2020 IPL season dished up just one five-wicket haul, with KKR’s Varun Chakravarthy producing the bowling performance of the tournament against the Capitals in October.

Along with Bumrah, Boult, and Rabada, RCB’s Morris and KKR’s Pat Cummins also claimed four wickets in a single game, although neither player was economical enough to make it into the top five here.

Bumrah and Rabada both clinched two four-wicket hauls last year, with the Indian finishing the campaign with two of the top four bowling figures.

On the flip side, let’s finish by taking a look at the worst bowling spells of 2020. SH’s Siddarth Kaul conceded a whopping 64 runs in just four over against MI in October. That’s an average of 16 runs per over!

But at least Kaul took two wickets that day. RR’s Ankit Rajpoot went for 60 against MI later in the month, without picking up a single wicket along the way.

MOST RUNS CONCEDED IN A SINGLE 2020 IPL INNINGS
Player Team Runs Conceded
Siddarth Kaul Sunrisers Hyderabad 64
Ankit Rajpoot Rajasthan Royals 60
Dale Steyn Royal Challengers Bangalore 57
Chris Jordan Kings XI Punjab 56
Lungi Ngidi Chennai Super Kings 56

Summary

Despite being one of the highest paid IPL players, Virat Kohli failed to get among the stat leaders last year. RCB experienced another disappointing campaign, with Kohli enduring a below-par season.

KXIP star KL Rahul made it onto five of the six batting leaderboards I covered in this post, while Shikhar Dhawan also enjoyed a hugely successful campaign on a personal level.

The bowling charts were dominated by three men – Kagiso Rabada, Jasprit Bumrah, and Trent Boult. Let’s not forget about MVP Jofra Archer, too.

The next Indian Premier League season is scheduled to start in April. If you’re thinking about wagering on the upcoming campaign, here are the early odds for the 2021 IPL season.

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