Best Strike Rate Against SRH
Like every other bowling unit in the IPL, sometimes Sunrisers Hyderabad also has to face off against big hitters who just happen to be in a murderous mood. However, this list of batsmen who have maintained the best strike rate against SRH in IPL matches includes those big hitters who seem to be in that mood almost every time they play the men from Hyderabad! Here’s a look at the top five:
#5. Kedar Jadhav
Starting off this list of batsmen who have maintained the best strike rate against Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL matches is Kedar Jadhav. He may not be a name many would have expected to see in such a list, but Jadhav has played a few important innings coming in low down the order for his various IPL sides.
Having played for Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils, and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the past, Jadhav strikes at 150.76 against the men from Hyderabad, a healthy figure considering the limited time he gets out in the middle. Of late, Jadhav has added bowling to his arsenal and will be looking to improve his bowling as well as batting strike rate against SRH in the future!
#4. Manan Vohra
Here’s another unexpected name on this list of batsmen who have the best strike rate against SRH in IPL matches. Not many people were aware of Manan Vohra before the IPL came around, even though the Punjab batsman had been going great guns in the domestic circuit. He first featured in the tournament for his local IPL side Kings XI Punjab, and immediately made a name for himself as a stylish and effective middle-order batsman. Although he has since moved on to Royal Challengers Bangalore and later Rajasthan Royals, Vohra always comes good against SRH, striking at a healthy 151.49 against them.
#3. Yusuf Pathan
Another batsman renowned for his big-hitting, Yusuf Pathan first emerged as a free-striking batsman in the inaugural edition of the IPL. Playing for the Rajasthan Royals, Pathan played a number of innings where his hitting prowess was on display and was one of the main reasons that the Royals claimed the title.
He went on to play for Kolkata Knight Riders as well and was an integral part of title-winning sides there too. After KKR, Pathan actually moved to SRH and served them well too! Despite playing for them in the latter stages of IPL career, Pathan claims the third spot on this list of batsmen who have the best strike rate against Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL matches, hitting at 161.58 from 11 innings against them.
#2. Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant is a keeper-batsman who owes his place in the Indian national side to his exploits in the IPL in no small measure. Having first come to the fore playing in the U-19 World Cup, Pant was earmarked as a big-hitter from an early stage in his career and went straight into the Delhi Daredevils lineup as such.
One of his most memorable performances in the IPL came against SRH when he single-handedly destroyed their bowling attack on his way to a spectacular 128*. In just 9 innings against them, Pant has scored 328 runs at a strike rate of 162.37, and justifiably takes second place on this list of batsmen who have the best strike rate against Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL matches.
#1. AB de Villiers
Taking the top spot on this list of batsmen who have the best strike rate against SRH in IPL matches is Mr 360 himself, AB de Villiers. The South African is unquestionably one of the best batsmen ever to feature in the tournament and seems to love playing in India. He gets the same preferential treatment from Indian crowds as is reserved for the biggest stars of Indian cricket, and seems to save his best when SRH come to town. In 12 innings against them, de Villiers has racked up 389 runs at a staggering strike rate of 166.95, peppered with 35 fours and 21 sixes.