The Indian Premier League is probably the most successful T20 league in the world and one major reason for its popularity is its immense and loyal fan base. The fans in each city idolize the players of their team and the players try to repay them with good performances throughout their career.
Though there have been 12 franchises in the IPL, only eight of them have stayed for a long duration. Here are eight players who have the best batting average in each of the 8 home grounds of teams.
Note: Each player should have played at least 10 games in the venues.
Chennai Super Kings- MA Chidambaram Stadium: Mike Hussey
Chennai Super Kings are the most successful franchise in IPL history and their fans' support was a major reason for that. Last year, only one match was held in Chennai and the rest had to be shifted to Pune due to some political conundrum. The fans travelled a long distance to support their stars and the team even arranged special trains for them. Such is the 'Yellove' that they share.
Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo are all fan favourites at Chepauk but the player who has the highest average is neither of the three. 'Mr. Cricket' Mike Hussey has the highest batting average playing in Chennai in the IPL. He has been a major run scorer for CSK and even won the Orange Cap in 2013.
He returned to CSK colours in 2018, but this time as a batting coach. He has scored 848 runs in 21 matches with a decent strike rate of 126.81 and great average of 47.11. He has won five Man of the Match awards and has scored seven 50s at this venue.
Delhi Daredevils- Feroz Shah Kotla: JP Duminy
JP Duminy has loved playing for the Delhi Daredevils. The Proteas all-rounder was probably their only consistent scorer in 2014 and 2015 and was often the lone ranger for the side. He has scored 1015 runs in 35 innings in the IPL averaging 44 with a good strike rate of 134. In Delhi, Duminy has scored 403 runs in 13 innings averaging a great 50.37 with a decent strike rate of 126.76.
Eden Gardens- Kolkata Knight Riders: Yusuf Pathan
Yusuf Pathan was part of the inaugural title winning Rajasthan Royals side. He won two IPL titles with the Kolkata Knight Riders and was a key player for the team. He has finished many matches for the side and was a big hitter. He loved playing at the Eden Gardens and won five Man of the Match awards playing there. He has scored 860 runs in 40 innings with a great strike rate of 151.94 and an average of 35.83.
Dharamsala, Mohali and Indore- Kings XI Punjab: Shaun Marsh
Shaun Marsh is one of the most consistent players in the IPL and was the major source of runs for the Kings XI Punjab in many IPL seasons. The Kings XI haven't had one permanent home ground and shifted their games between Mohali, Indore and Dharamsala. Shaun Marsh has posted many big totals in these stadiums. The Aussie has scored 1446 runs in 36 innings averaging 47.29 with a healthy strike rate of 133.03.
Wankhede Stadium- Mumbai Indians: Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar was signed by the Mumbai Indians in the first edition of the Indian Premier League and the Master Blaster was more than happy to play for his hometown team. He had a great outing in the IPL but his performances in 2013 weren't satisfactory. Sachin has always loved playing in Mumbai whether in international games, Ranji Trophy or in the IPL.
He has scored 726 runs in 23 innings averaging a healthy 35.57 with a strike rate of 121.19. He opened the batting for the Mumbai Indians and even captained the side for the first three seasons. Rohit Sharma isn't far behind in this list, he has an average of 35.43 and has scored over 2000 runs at the Wankhede Stadium.
Sawai Mansingh Stadium- Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane has been a vital cog in the Rajasthan Royals' unit ever since he started opening the batting for the side. Rahane is one of the most gifted stroke makers and is the vice-captain of the Indian Test team.
The batsman hailing from Mumbai has scored 876 runs in 27 innings averaging 39.81 with a strike rate of 120. He has provided many solid starts to the team. Shane Watson, the Aussie all-rounder is not far behind and he possesses an average of 39.74.
Chinnaswamy Stadium- Royal Challengers Bangalore: AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers is one cricketer who has fans anywhere he plays in the world. An excellent cricketer, ABD has made Bangalore his home. He loves playing both international and IPL matches here and the RCB fans are loyal to him. While both Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli are very popular here, ABD possesses better stats in Bangalore and has scored 1692 runs in 51 innings averaging a great 42.30 at a whopping strike rate of 159.52.
e has sent many balls out of the stadium with his big sixes and has captivated the audience with his breathtaking shots all around the park earning him the nickname 'Mr. 360'.
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium- Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner
David Warner has the highest average in the players featuring on our list. Though he has played for other teams like Delhi Daredevils, his stats playing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad are simply outstanding.
The team surely missed his services last season when he was banned but the team has retained him this season. Playing in Hyderabad, he has scored 1169 runs in 24 innings averaging a simply outstanding 64.94 with a destructive strike rate of 162.36 while opening the batting.