Pollard, Pooran smash IPL strike rate records

CRICFNO’s review of the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) has rated West Indies cricketers as the top smashers of the ball in the recently concluded competition in the UAE.

West Indies Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine and Hetmyer were all rated among the top smashers of the ball at the world’s premier Twenty20 cricket competition.

Pollard, who won consecutive IPL titles in 2019 and 2020 and as stand-in captain of champions, Mumbai Indians for a couple of matches due to injury of regular captain Rohit Sharma, was best overall. Pollard also captained the Trinbago Knight Riders to the 2020 Caribbean Premier league (CPL) title.

West Indies Nicholas Pooran in action during the ICC Cricket World Cup aganist England at the The Ageas Bowl, Southampton, Britain on June 14, 2019. Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra, file

The West Indies players in the IPL 2020 had an average smart strike rate of 166.44 this season, miles ahead of other nationalities.

Given at least five representatives, the second best smart strike rate from a country was South Africa’s 150.

“Kieron Pollard’s eye-popping conventional strike rate of 191.42 translated into a strike rate of 224.06, the best in the season- without qualification,” Cricinfo states.

Pooran is the only other batsman with a smart strike rate of over 200, clocking in at 200.73, whereas his conventional strike rate was 169.71.

Most of the West Indies brigade scored high on smart strike rates. Shimron Hetmyer and Sunil Narine both finished at over 140.

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