IPL 2021: Keiron Pollard to Sanju Samson; Best 6 innings this season- Check- The IPL 2021 has been suspended and it was a much-needed decision taken by the BCCI amid the rising COVID-19 cases in India. The news came as a shock for many cricket fans but let’s be honest IPL 2021 was nothing less than a surprise for us. We have seen some surprising yet delightful batting perfomance in what was only the first half of the season with just 29 games played. Right from Mumbai Indians’ Keiron Pollard pulling off a meticulous chase against Chennai Super Kings to Rajasthan Royal’s Sanju Samson backing himself to hit a last-ball six to win a match.
In this article, Inside Sport will take you through the six best batting perfomance in IPL 2021 so far.
Keiron Pollard vs CSK (87* runs 34 balls)
This was probably the best IPL innings played by Keiron Pollard. Mumbai Indians were chasing a mammoth total of over 200. Odds were against Mumbai as even after getting a solid start Mumbai middle order failed and the responsibility was on Pollard’s shoulder to win the game for MI. The right-hand batsman smashed 87 runs in just 34 balls with the help of six fours and eight sixes. The boundary at the Delhi stadium is small but the way Pollard was hitting they would have gone for six at any stadium in the world. While chasing a score against arch-rivals Chennai Super Kings Pollard batted with a strike rate of 255.88 and which is why this is the best innings ahead of the three hundred scored in IPL 2021.
AB de Villers vs KKR (76* runs 34 balls)
It is almost impossible to make a batting list and not name AB de Villers in it. It was an afternoon game between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders when ABD came on to crease RCB were at 3-95. Everyone was suggesting that it will be a great match if RCB manage to get around 180 as the Chennai pitch was supporting spinners. But AB had other plans, batting alongside Glenn Maxwell AB helped RCB reach 204. Batting with a strike rate of 223.52, the South African talisman smashed nine fours and three sixes. The innings took the game away from KKR and eventually RCB won the clash.
Devdutt Paddikal vs RR (101* runs 52 balls)
Another RCB batsman finds himself on the list as Devdutt Paddikal hits the first century of his IPL career. Paddikal was the emerging player of IPL 2020 as he smashed over 400 runs last season. However, his strike rate was a thing of concern for team mangement. This year the southpaw turned the table upside down by hitting a century at a strike rate of 194.23. In the game against Rajasthan Royals, he helped RCB chase down a competitive target of 177 in just 16.3 overs. With this century he becomes the only second batsman to hit a century in IPL 2021.
Sanju Samson vs PBKS (119 runs 63 balls)
Rajasthan Royals newly appointed captain Sanju Samson became the first batsman in IPL 2021 to hit a century. The RR captain hit 199 runs in just 63 balls. However, he could not help his side cross the line as RR lost the match by four runs. But Sanju was at his best in this innings. Rajasthan were down and out with wickets falling at one end in a chase as big as 222 yet Samson kept his calm and smashed some beautiful cricketing shots. The right-hand batsman hit 12 fours and seven sixes in his magical innings.
Jos Buttler vs SRH (124 runs 64 balls)
Rajasthan Royals opening batsman Jos Buttler hit his first T20 century while playing against Sunrisers Hyderabad at Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi. He completed the milestone in 56 balls. In his innings, he struck 11 fours and 8 sixes as SRH bowlers were hammered all around the park. It was his first century of IPL. Buttler took on the bowlers from ball 1 after opening RR’s innings. He smashed 124 runs to overtake Sanju Samson to become the highest run-scorer in an innings of IPL 2021.
Mayank Agarwal vs DC (99* runs 58 balls)
Last but not the least, Mayank Agarwal hit almost a century on his captaincy debut in IPL 2021. KL Rahul was out and Mayank was leading the PBKS. The batting order was not performing and they needed inspiration from their captain. Mayank played a sensible innings of 99 with the help of eight fours and four sixes. His strike rate was going to be crucial in this innings and he played with an impressive SR of 170.68. However, he could not get any support from the other end and PBKS could only manage to score 166 runs. Punjab lost the match but the innings was the perfect example of One Man Army.