The annual sporting extravaganza, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has seen a plethora of stunning knocks from batsmen. In the shortest format of the game that favors the batters over the bowlers, players have made their mark with innings of the highest quality. Right from the very first match of the tournament’s history when Brendon McCullum gave it a grandstand opening, the quality of cricket is only getting better.
Chris Gayle has been without a doubt the most fearsome player to ever play in the tournament and he leads the list as expected. South Africa’s AB de Villiers also finds a place in the top 5 while Indian wicket-keeper batsmen Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul too have scored daddy hundreds. This list might change come the 2021 edition of the IPL and might not because of the sheer immenseness of these innings.
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|CH Gayle||175*||66||265.15||RCB||v Warriors||23 Apr 2013|
|BB McCullum||158*||73||216.43||KKR||v RCB||18 Apr 2008|
|Q de Kock||140*||70||200.00||Super Giants||v KKR||18 May 2022|
|AB de Villiers||133*||59||225.42||RCB||v Mumbai||10 May 2015|
|KL Rahul||132*||69||191.30||Kings XI||v RCB||24 Sep 2020|
|AB de Villiers||129*||52||248.07||RCB||v Guj Lions||14 May 2016|
|CH Gayle||128*||62||206.45||RCB||v Daredevils||17 May 2012|
|RR Pant||128*||63||203.17||Daredevils||v Sunrisers||10 May 2018|
|M Vijay||127||56||226.78||Super Kings||v Royals||3 Apr 2010|
|DA Warner||126||59||213.55||Sunrisers||v KKR||30 Apr 2017|
4. KL Rahul – 132* vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, 2020
The latest entrant into the list, KL Rahul was in his element in the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for his side, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). With none of the other batsmen making sizable contributions, it was the Rahul show all the way as the skipper faced 69 balls and took the score to 206.
In reply, RCB were bowled out for just 109 as the leggies Ravi Bishnoi and Murugan Ashwin picked up three wickets apiece. Rahul was deservedly the Man of the Match for his knock.
4. AB de Villiers – 133* vs Mumbai Indians, 2015
AB de Villiers finds a place in the top 5 for the second time as he followed the same template as the previous innings except that this came first. In 2015 against Mumbai Indians, it was the ABD-Kohli show yet again as the South African took the onus upon himself to smash the bowlers around the park while the RCB skipper played anchor.
RCB got to a big score of 235/1 but MI did not succumb easily and the match did not follow the template of the aforesaid two matches. They got to 196/7 thanks to knocks from West Indies’ Lendl Simmons and Kieron Pollard to ensure there was no thrashing.
3. Quinton de Kock, 140* vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 2022
The new addition to IPL, Lucknow Supergiants opener, Quinton de Kock scored 140 unbeaten against KKR in Ipl 2022. On his way to this score, he notched up 210 runs opening partnership with KL Rahul. He struck 10 boundaries and 10 sixes on his way to the 3rd highest IPL score.
2. Brendon McCullum, 158* vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, 2008
This was the innings that well and truly set the IPL on fire. This was the one that set the tone for the tournament to become a big success. It all began here as Kolkata Knight Riders‘ Brendon McCullum came up with a knock of his lifetime to notch up as many as 158 runs in as early as 2008 when such scores were new to T20 cricket.
Facing 73 balls, the wicket-keeper batsman dealt with the RCB bowlers with ease as he took 73 balls and got to an unbelievable 158*. His knock took KKR to 222/3 and in reply, RCB could manage just 82 as Ajit Agarkar shot them out with a three-wicket haul.
1. Chris Gayle – 175* vs Pune Warriors India, 2013
Amidst all the explosive knocks that West Indies’ Chris Gayle has played in the IPL, this was the defining one. A truly remarkable achievement – Gayle eclipsed the score by McCullum that seemed destined to go on forever. Beginning in slow fashion to get his eye in, the RCB batsman started hitting sixes and never looked back. The sixes kept flowing from the big Jamaican’s willow and never stopped.
The Pune Warriors India bowlers had no respite as they kept getting taken to the cleaners. RCB got to 263/5 with AB de Villiers also contributing with a cameo. In reply, all that PWI could manage was 133/9 with Steve Smith being the only batsman to offer some resistance.
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