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In recent years, the Kerala-born wicketkeeper-batsman, Sanju Samson has made a name in IPL. Based on his batting prowess, he was promoted as captain of Rajasthan Royals in 2020, which took everyone by surprise. In 121 matches, Samson has scored over 3,000 runs. With 3 hundreds, he is tied with AB De Villiers for the list of centurions in IPL. Along with his batting, his wicket-keeping has also been outstanding.
AB de Villiers is perhaps a household name in the Indian Premier League! The South African batsman is loved by his fans in the country. He began his career with the Delhi Daredevils and remained with them till the 2010 season. ABD was signed by RCB for the 2011 season and has been a key member of the squad ever since. His colourful and violent style of play has earned him a reputation of one of the most destructive batsmen. He has scored over 5,000 runs in over 180 matches and has 3 centuries to his credit. Without AB's name, the list of the top 10 players in the IPL would be incomplete.
Shane Watson is still in the top 5 for most hundreds in the IPL, despite retiring from the league in 2020. The Australian is tied with fellow countryman, David Warner by having four-centuries against his name. In the inaugural season, he played a key role in the Rajasthan Royals' championship victory. In the 2018 final, he once again delivered a superb inning of 117 in 57 balls to lead Chennai Super Kings to their third victory. In 145 games, Shane Watson has a total of 3,874 runs.
David Warner, is one of the tournament's most successful foreign player, he is on the 3rd spot with four centuries to his name. David Warner scored his first century in 2010 season, while playing for the Delhi Daredevils. He replicated the feat in 2012, 2017, and 2019 seasons by scoring a blazing centuries studded with boundaries and sixes all around the park. Warner has 5,449 runs in 150 games and is now ranked third among the list of top run-getters in IPL.
Virat Kohli, India's ex-captain, has never hit a century in T20 cricket until the 2016 season. He had a splendid season in 2016, he was almost unstoppable. He scored four centuries and was also a top scorer of the season with 973 runs. The Talismanic Indian is the league's only skipper with five centuries till end of 2021 season. He has got second most number of centuries in IPL. Virat Kohli is also a leading run getter in IPL, he has scored 6,283 runs in 207 matches. He is also the first Indian to score 10,000 runs in T20 cricket.
Chris Gayle is perhaps the greatest T20 player of all time, with six hundreds in the super league, he is the man with most centuries in IPL history. In 2011, the Caribbean legend scored his first century of the Indian Premier League with a spectacular performance of 102 runs off 55 balls, which featured 10 fours and 7 sixes. Over the years, Gayle accumulated 4,965 runs in 142 matches. His last century in the IPL was against Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2018 season. While Chris Gayle is most certainly retired from the IPL, but his performances will be missed by the fans. He used to be truly entertaining for the crowds and misery for bowlers.
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