Stats Analysis

AB de Villiers - IPL's best striker and a death overs phenom

If there was any doubt about his quality as a batter, these numbers will put it all to rest

1 Player to bat 50 or more innings while averaging 35-plus with a strike rate of 150-plus in T20 cricket - AB de Villiers. He scored 9424 runs across 320 innings at an average of 37.24 and a strike rate of 150.13. Graeme Hick - 1201 runs in 36 innings - is the only player other than de Villiers with more than 1000 runs at 35-plus average and 150-plus strike rate in this format.
151.68 de Villiers' strike rate in the IPL, the highest for any batter to have faced a minimum of 2000 balls. His T20 strike rate of 150.13 is also the second-highest among the 41 players to have batted 5000-plus deliveries in this format.
232.56 De Villiers' strike rate in the death overs (17-20) in the IPL, the highest for any batter (Min: 100 balls faced). He scored 1421 runs off 611 balls in IPL death overs with 106 fours and 112 sixes. De Villiers' strike rate in all T20s at the death reads 225.05, also the highest for any batter (where ball-by-ball data is available).
8 Fifties for de Villiers coming in less than 25 balls in the IPL, the joint-most for any player. David Warner and Kieron Pollard also have eight fifties coming in fewer than 25 deliveries.
179.1 de Villiers' strike rate when he walked in to bat in the IPL after the 10th over, the highest among the batters with 300 runs or more in these situations. de Villiers scored 1175 runs at an average of 39.1 when he came in to bat after the 10th over. No other batter among the 59 to score 300 or more runs averaged better.
124 Runs scored by de Villiers in the IPL against Lasith Malinga, the leading wicket-taker in the league. He scored those runs from only 61 balls while being dismissed just once. De Villiers' strike rate of 203.27 against Malinga is the third-highest for any batter off a bowler in the IPL (min: 100 runs).
22 Fifty-plus scores for de Villiers coming at a 200-plus strike rate in T20s, only behind Pollard (31) and Chris Gayle (29). In terms of the highest percentage of fifty-plus scores at a 200-plus strike rate in T20s, de Villiers' 30.1% is second only to Pollard's 54.4% (among the players with at least 50 fifty-plus scores).
25 Player-of-the-Match awards for de Villiers in the IPL, the most for anyone in the league. In all T20s, he had 42 such awards which are the second-most in the format, behind Gayle (60).
3175 T20 partnership runs for de Villiers with Virat Kohli, the highest for any pair in this format. The Royal Challengers Bangalore duo shared a record ten 100-run partnerships, including two double-ton stands, the top two for any wicket in the IPL.

Sampath Bandarupalli is a statistician at ESPNcricinfo