As the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 has concluded with Mumbai Indians (MI) lifting the trophy, Michael Vaughan has named the top five batsmen of the 13th edition of the tournament. Surprisingly, among his picks, four batsmen are from the IPL 2020 winners team.
Undoubtedly, the orange cap owner KL Rahul is the first one on Vaughan’s list. The Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) showed some classic performance and ended the season as the highest run-getter, scoring 670 runs in 14 matches at an average of 55.83 and a strike rate of 129.34.
Former England captain picked another opening batsman Quinton de Kock in his list. The Mumbai Indians opener played a significant role in giving a good base to the team when Rohit Sharma was struggling and absent in the playing XI. De Kock.
However, didn’t have a good start but he started getting runs as the tournament moved on and ended it with being the highest scorer for MI. He amassed 503 runs, including four fifties at an average of 35.93 and a strike rate of 140.00.
He next picked two powerhouses of Mumbai Indians in the middle-order – Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard. Both the aggressive batsman killed any opposition team with their power-hitting. Pandya scored 281 runs in 14 matches at the strike rate of above 170 while Pollard smacked 268 runs in 16 matches at the strike rate of above 190.
Suryakumar Yadav’s best batsman of the season for Michael Vaughan:
Suryakumar Yadav is unarguably the choice of Michael Vaughan’s stand out player in all the five. He is full of praise of the Mumbaikar, saying that he is the best player whom he has seen in a long time. In 16 matches, while batting at number three or four positions, he has scored 480 runs at an average of 40.00 and a strike rate of 145.01.
“Players who can play in all situations. He plays quick bowling well, times the ball beautifully……the best player I have seen in a very long long time. The way he can maneuver spinners to the boundary is outstanding…You name it, he will find the way of getting the ball to the boundary,” Michael Vaughan said in a video posted by CricBuzz.