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Is SRH’s Abhishek Sharma making a case for T20 World Cup 2024, superior numbers speak volumes

Is SRH’s Abhishek Sharma making a case for T20 World Cup 2024, superior numbers speak volumes

SRH's Abhishek Sharma has been racking up phenomenal scores in IPL 2024 so far. His outstanding strike rate of almost 218 is also the best in the tournament so far (among batters who have faced 50 balls or more)

Sunrisers Hyderabad’s young gun, Abhishek Sharma, has taken the IPL 2024 by storm. His blazing form has not only been crucial for his team but has also ignited the hope of a possible call-up to the Indian squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup.

Abhishek’s numbers speak for themselves. In just the initial matches of the tournament, he has amassed a total of 161 runs at an impressive average of 40.25. But it’s his strike rate that truly sets him apart. A staggering 226.19 (at the time of writing) places him at the top of the leaderboard amongst all batsmen who have faced over 50 deliveries. This aggressive batting style is exactly what T20 cricket demands, and Sharma is certainly delivering.

Sharma’s talent has been known for a while now. Since 2022, the southpaw has racked up 813 IPL runs at a strike rate of around 150, which is better than the likes of David Warner, Faf du Plessis, Hardik Pandya and Aiden Markram. His IPL 2024 performance, however, is a timely reminder of his abilities and his potential to be a valuable asset for India in the upcoming World Cup.

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Abhishek Sharma: The fearsome aggressor of IPL 2024 

Abhishek Sharma’s phenomenal strike rate for SRH so far this season is a testament how he has notched his game up. Despite IPL 2024 boasting some world-beating hard-hitters, the 23-year-old has been a class apart. He has regularly put pressure on opposition bowlers, thus stamping his authority with aplomb.

Batter Strike Rate Runs Team Innings
Abhishek Sharma 217.56 161SRH4
Sunil Narine 206.15 134KKR3
Heinrich Klaasen203.44 177SRH4
Travis Head180.64 112SRH3
Nicholas Pooran175.90 146LSG2

The table above shows the batters with the highest strike rates (who have faced at least 50 balls in IPL 2024 so far). Abhishek sits clearly up top as he has bludgeoned 161 runs in only 74 balls. Apart from him, there are two other SRH batters feature on this list. Both Heinrich Klaasen and Travis Head have been two of the most crucial overseas players for the Orange Army. Nicholas Pooran and Sunil Narine, the two Caribbeans, have also struck well for LSG and KKR, respectively.

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