1. Sachin Tendulkar
Mumbai Indians skipper Sachin Tendulkar holds firmly to his orange cap in the Indian Premier League for the highest run-getter as the four teams gear up for the semi-finals. The Master Blaster leads the top-five batsmen group with 561 runs in 13 matches. With an average of 51.00, Sachin has smashed five half-centuries and has been the guiding force behind Mumbai’s march to the top-four. With an astounding strike-rate of 136.16, the Mumbai skipper still remains bowlers’ nightmare in the hic-hic cricket.
2. Jacques Kallis
The South African all-rounder and Royal Challengers Bangalore batting mainstay Jacques Kallis has been the other holder of orange cap in the third edition of the IPL for some time. The Bangalore opener is just behind Sachin Tendulkar with 542 runs in 14 matches. With an average of 54.20, the champion all-rounder has managed six half-centuries in the tournament. Kallis, besides his batting pyrotechnics, has been instrumental with his exploits with the leather. He has also taken 11 crucial wickets in those 14 matches to help his team hold on to the semis spot.
3. Saurav Ganguly
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Sourav Ganguly occupies the third position in the batting chart with 493 runs in 14 matches. The Bengal south-paw did most of the scoring for his team in the tournament but failed to push the Knight Riders to the top-four. His energy on the field was a treat for his fans. Dada took some of the amazing catches and his captaincy was as rock solid as it used to be for Team India. Sourav struck four half-centuries in the T20 event with an average of 37.92. The evergreen captain helped Kolkata end their campaign on a high note by thumping table-toppers Mumbai Indians by nine wickets at the Eden Gardens and said he will give another shot to the IPL.
4. Suresh Raina
Young talent Suresh Raina has been in ominous touch this season and has left bowlers gasping for breath with his towering sixes. With an amazing strike-rate of 141.84, the left-handed Chennai Super Kings batsman has scored 461 runs and is just behind Ganguly at the fourth spot. The big-hitting batsman has managed three half-centuries in the tournament at an healthy average of 46.10. Raina along with Murali Vijay did most of the scoring by the Chennai batsmen in the T20 event for the elusive semi-final spot. Raina’s recent form has been good news for Team India at the World Twenty20, which starts just after the IPL.
5. Mahela Jayawardane
Mahela Jayawardene did not start the tournament with the flair that he possesses. However, having got the second chance and a chance to open the innings for Kings XI Punjab, Jayawardene struck a beautiful century to stamp his authority as a champion batsman. He completes the top-five with 439 runs in 13 matches. With one century and a half-century, Mahela has the most impressive strike-rate among the top-five batsman at 147.31. He started firing a little too late for the Punjab side as they finished at the bottom of the table with just 8 points from 14 games.