5. Ajinkya Rahane (Rising Supergiants) – 343 runs
The second highest-run scorer of the previous edition of IPL, Ajinkya Rahane seems to be en route to replicate his rich vein of form, this year as well. If we exclude him from RPS, there has been hardly any batsman who has looked in that sort of good touch for them. After departure of Steven Smith from the league due to injury, Rahane was under tremendous pressure to perform and he did it in some style as well.
The poster boy of class and elegance has scored back-to-back half-centuries in Smith’s absence. The Mumbai-born batter has caressed 343 runs in 9 matches at an average of 49 and strike-rate of 126. Though his low strike-rate has been a concern considering he is an opener and is expected to make the most of the Power-play overs.