Indian superstar Virat Kohli may have had an underwhelming IPL by his own lofty standards but there have been plenty of other outstanding performers lighting up the tournament with their superb batting displays.
Here we name the Top Five from the preliminary rounds, only two of who are still in the tournament.
Top score: 128*
Pant was absolutely superb for Delhi and if some of his team mates had performed at a similar level the Daredevils season would not be over. To score the most runs at a SR of 173.60 is an extraordinary achievement but he also hit the most sixes (37), most fours (68) and highest score of IPL11 (128*).
Top score: 84
The most consistent batsman in the tournament with eight 50s in 14 innings and an average over 60, the NZ skipper was not the biggest hitter, only 26 sixes, but he played some crucial innings for the Sunrisers on their march to the semis. An elegant stroke maker he never gives his wicket away cheaply.
Out of 14 innings played by each team in #IPL2018, here are the most frequent max-contributors:— CricAlgorithmics (@cricalgorithmic) May 21, 2018
8 innings----#LokeshRahul and #RishabhPant
6 innings----#ChrisLynn, #JosButtler, #KaneWilliamson, and #SuryakumarYadav
Top score: 95*
The tall right hander got better as the tournament went on with a superb run of four fifties in the final six games including two nineties and an eighty. He will be desperately disappointed to get out so cheaply in the Kings XI last match but a rampant Ngidi was almost unplayable.
Top score: 100*
When you looked at the roll call of stars in the Super Kings line up you would not have expected the veteran to finish their top scorer but he did that and more. One of just four century makers in IPL11 he also scored three fifties and whacked the second most sixes (33).
Top score: 95*
The Englishman has headed home to prepare for the Tests against Pakistan and the Royals will miss his abundant run-making in the playoffs. Buttler got better as the tournament went on with two nineties and an eighty in his last four innings – and performed well under pressure.
The IPL league phase is over with four teams finalised for the play-offs. Chennai Super Kings take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in the first Qualifier in Mumbai on Tuesday, which means it’s time to reset your Fantasy Team and make the most out of the final leg of IPL 2018.
One of Chennai or Sunrisers is certain to progress to the title clash while the other team will get another shot at the final when they play the winner of the Eliminator between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals.
MS Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu are straightforward picks from the Chennai camp as they are two of the top-run scorers this season, while Sunrisers captain Kane Williamson and leg-spinner Rashid Khan have been in sensational form.
Chennai’s Suresh Raina hit a composed fifty in the last game against Kings XI Punjab, meaning he enters the critical part of the league in good nick.
The pace of South African quick Lungi Ngidi is too hot to ignore. The wicket in Mumbai – also the venue for the final – offers a fair amount of bounce and if there is anyone who can extract something out of a quickish track, it is Ngidi.
Chennai’s Deepak Chahar has turned out to be the dark horse with his incredible line and control with the new ball, along with some lusty hits during his 20-ball 39 against Punjab after being promoted, ensuring he he will be high on confidence – with the ball and bat.
Hyderabad’s Shakib Al Hasan is the all-round option and should get enough opportunities to deliver on two fronts.
Both Indian seamers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Siddarth Kaul are good options but I would go with Bhuvi as Kaul has gone for more than 40 runs in three of his last four outings.
As far as another specialist spinner is concerned, Ravindra Jadeja is a better option than Harbhajan Singh. The left-arm spinner has bowled in 12 games with an economy of 7.6 for his nine wickets, plus offers more with the bat.
The win assured Dhoni’s CSK a second-place finish in the IPL Points Table and meant the end of the road for KXIP.
The 36-year-old made a couple of clever decisions during the chase – among them sending Harbhajan Singh and Deepak Chahar up the order, while demoting himself.
It wasn’t just the victory that made the day special for the Indian icon, he also had the chance of spending time with his daughter, Ziva, post-match.