Cape Town – David Miller with the blade and Dale Steyn with
ball in hand most proudly represented the South African flag statistically after
completion of the round-robin play in the 2013 Indian Premier League at the
Only the knockout phase remains, featuring ordinary season
log-toppers Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals and the new Sunrisers
Hyderabad franchise for whom the Phalaborwa Express plays.
Generally speaking, it was one of the more subdued IPLs by
the South African contingent, with few truly “wow-factor” individual
performances by players from our shores.
The exception was Miller’s memorable 101 not out off just 38
balls for Kings XI Punjab against Royal Challengers Bangalore recently, one of
four centuries in the glitzy tournament thus far.
Left-hander Miller, who will represent the Proteas next
month at the ICC Champions Trophy 50-overs tournament in the United Kingdom,
ended league play in 11th spot for most runs scored: 418 at a
healthy average of 59.71 and strike rate of 164.
No South African cracked the top 10, with eternal West
Indian crowd-pleaser Chris Gayle topping the overall pile with a remarkable 708
runs at 59.00 for Royal Challengers Bangalore and record-breaking best
individual batting effort of 175 not out against Pune Warriors.
AB de Villiers was 16th among the leading
run-scorers (360 at 36.00 for Bangalore), whilst veteran Jacques Kallis of
under-performing Kolkata Knight Riders, last year’s champions, snuck 20th
spot (311 at 20.73).
Kallis did at least stick to his admirable habit of
contributing significantly with the ball whenever things are not going so
swimmingly at the crease – the 37-year-old was 13th on the top
wicket-takers’ list with 16 at an average of 24.62 and decent economy rate of
under seven and a half.
Only Steyn, of the SA crew, got into the top 10: he was
ninth after the league season with 18 scalps at 20.05 and has been a model of
consistency for the newcomers.
His economy rate of 5.65 was the second best among all
bowlers in the top 10 in the wickets column.
The top wicket-taker thus far has been the Royals’ Tasmanian
seamer James Faulkner with 26 at 13.96.
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