Bangalore, May 4: Indian Premier League's fifth edition has seen the completion of 45 matches till Thursday night. So far, it has been opening batsmen who have called the shots in terms of accumulating runs.
There are still 31 games for the culmination of IPL 5 on May 27 in Chennai. The way it has progressed, an opener is all set to win the Orange Cap award.
The most runs chart so far has been dominated by openers, with Rajasthan Royals' Ajinkya Rahane on top of the pile.
It is interesting to note that all six batsmen who have occupied the slots are the ones who walk out to face the new ball.
Rahane, Virender Sehwag (Delhi Daredevils), Chris Gayle (Royal Challengers Bangalore), Gautam Gambhir (Kolkata Knight Riders), Faf du Plessis (Chennai Super Kings) and Rahul Dravid (Rajasthan Royals) are the six batters with most runs as on Thursday night.
Sehwag is in superb touch, setting a new Twenty20 record with five successive half centuries.
All these six players have crossed the 300-run mark with Rahane, Sehwag and Gayle breaching the 400-run barrier.
Among these six, Delhi captain Sehwag has the best strike rate of 163.60. The next best is Gayle, with 154.16. The lowest is 116.02 for Dravid.
Rahane is the only opener this season to hit a century. The other centurion in IPL 5 so far is Kevin Pietersen of Delhi. However, he scored that hundred as a number three batsman.
Young Rahane, among the top six, has faced more deliveries. He has played 331 deliveries for his 458 runs. The next batsman to have faced more balls in this set of six, is Dravid with 287.