Big names in the batting department of the Indian Premier League have lived up to their mark with some swashbuckling innings, which has helped their team cross the finishing line as well.
There are a number of players, who have played some cameos here and there, but players such as David Warner, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli amongst others have scored some huge runs consistently. The three players are the top run scorers in the tournament after the completion of the league stages.
The above mentioned players failed to score a ton in the competition, which is not an easy task with only twenty overs to achieve the feat, that too one has to be an opener to have the leverage of facing the full quota of overs.
IPL 2015 group stages have seen a total of 4 centuries in the group stages, one each from Brendon McCullum, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Shane Watson.
Here is a look at the four centuries.
Brendon McCullum hit the first century of IPL 2015 and Sunrisers Hyderabad were the unlucky side to have been ripped apart with his electrifying century. He took the attack to the opposition with a flurry of boundaries, which included 7 fours and 9 sixes. McCullum finished 100 not out from 56 deliveries and his ton is no mean feat with SRH comprising bowlers of international pedigree such as Trent Boult, Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
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Chris Gayle was not able to live up to the expectations, but that was all brought to an end with his innings of brute force against Kings XI Punjab, where he demolished the KXIP bowlers with utter disdain. It was an innings characteristic of the big man from West Indies comprising more sixes than fours. His 57 ball 117 was struck at a strike rate of above 200. He helped his team amass 226 runs in the stipulated 20 overs.
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AB de Villiers walked into bat against Mumbai Indians with 16.5 overs left and the South African treated the fans with a batting master class with a stroke filled 59 ball 133 runs. Though, he took around an over or so to settle in, but once he got a measure of the pitch, he butchered bowlers' all around the park and hit boundaries at will. De Villiers hit 19 fours and four sixes to make it an innings to remember for IPL fans.
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Shane Watson's century was different from the above mentioned centuries, as it was an innings, where he not only attacked the bowlers, but played as per the situation with wickets falling at regular intervals. Still, Watson scored at an amazing strike rate of 176 en route to his 59 ball 104, which witnessed 5 sixes and 9 fours. It was an innings, which reflected the timing ability of the player as well.
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