2. Virat Kohli – Royal Challengers Bangalore
The Indian skipper had performed poorly in the first week of the IPL. However he fared decently in the week to follow. RCB played three games this week against RR, KKR and DC.
Against RR, he failed as Shreyas Iyer bowled him for 23 runs. His best knock came against KKR, where he scored 84 off 49 balls. Against DC, he played an uncharacteristic knock of 41 runs. Although RCB lost all the three games, individually Kohli is a better opener this week.
Matches – 3
Runs – 148
Average – 49.33
HS – 84
3. Steve Smith – Rajasthan Royals
Finally the former Aussie skipper has come back amongst runs. Injury to Shreyas Iyer meant Smith batted at No. 3 in both the games against RCB and KKR.
Against Kohli’s men, Smith had a strapping on his elbow which prevented him from power-hitting. He scored 38 off 31 balls. Against KKR, Smith removed the strapping which improved his performances. He was his team’s best batsman as he remained unbeaten on 73 off 59 balls.
Matches – 2
Runs – 111
Average – 111
HS – 73*