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Country-wise one all-time best performer in IPL history

There are a few players who are playing the IPL right from its inception in 2008.

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AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers. (Photo Source: Twitter)

It is an untold fact that the Indian Premier League (IPL) has various overseas stars from various countries. In fact, overseas players often form a critical part of an IPL side as the core and the balance of the XI revolves around them. The selection of the Indian players is also on the availability and inclusion of foreign players.

Some of the biggest stars from each country participate in the Indian T20 league and there are some who don’t even get a chance owing to multiple factors. There are a few players who are playing the IPL right from its inception in 2008. They may have represented more than one team but they have consistently performed over the years.

Thus, in this article, we see one player from each country who has been the best performer in the history of the IPL:

1. West Indies – Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle. (Photo: IANS)

Year after there, there are multiple players from the Caribbean who take part in the IPL. They are known for their T20 game and the likes of Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine and a few others are critical members of their respective teams. Moreover, these players have been match-winners. But none bigger than the Universe Boss.

The kind of impact Gayle has had in the IPL has been remarkable. He is sixth on the all-time IPL run-getters list. The Jamaican opener has smashed 4484 runs at an average of 41.13 and is among one of the seven batsmen who average 40 (minimum 10 innings). He’s won the Orange Cap twice as well (2011 and 2012). Moreover, he has a strike-rate of 151.02. Gayle also has six tons which is the most by any player.

Gayle is the six-hitter and no player is even close to him when it comes to the number of sixes. He has hit a staggering 326 sixes in the IPL and only two other players, MS Dhoni (209) and AB de Villiers (212) have got more than 200 sixes in the IPL. Thus, Gayle has been a fabulous performer for all the three teams he’s played so far and is arguably the best West Indian to have played the IPL.

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