Most sixes in an IPL inning: List of Top 5 batters with most sixes in an IPL inning

Gayle hit 17 sixes against now-defunct Pune Warriors India (PWI) during his valiant knock of 175*. This is the most number of sixes a batsman has hit in IPL history. 


Most sixes in an IPL inning: List of Top 5 batters with most sixes in an IPL inning

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is counted as the world’s best T20 league and for a reason. The tournament is fifteen years old now and has seen some memorable performances in these sixteen editions. With Brendon McCullum taking Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) bowlers to the cleaners in the very first match of the tournament to Hardik Pandya lifting the title in his debut season as captain, IPL has come a long way.

Along the way have been some breathtaking individual performances. Chris Gayle’s storming 175* against Pune Warriors in 2013 and Virat Kohli and Jos Buttler scoring four centuries in an IPL season have been some top individual performances. But any individual masterclass is incomplete without plenty of sixes. 

So, here is a look at the top five batters to have hit the most number of sixes in an IPL inning. 

S. No.PlayerForAgainstNo. of sixesDate 
1.Chris GayleRCBPWI1723 April 2013
2.Brendon McCullumKKRRCB1318 April 2008
3.Chris GayleRCBDC1317 May 2012
4.AB de VilliersRCBGL1214 May 2016
5.Chris GayleRCBPBKS1206 May 2015
6.Andre RussellKKRCSK1110 April 2018
7.Sanath JayasuriaMICSK1114 May 2018
8.Murali VijayCSKRR1103 April 2010
9.Chris GaylePBKSSRH1119 April 2018
10.Kieron PollardMIPBKS1010 April 2019

5. Chris Gayle (12 sixes)

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Chris Gayle is an absolute legend in T20s and his six-hitting ability is one of the reasons behind that. The Universe Boss can thrash bowlers for fun and he showed it once again in IPL 2015. Playing for RCB, Gayle thrashed Punjab Kings bowlers as he hit a 57-ball 117 with the help of 12 sixes. 

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4. AB de Villiers (12 sixes)

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Another RCB veteran, AB de Villiers was in some red-hot form during IPL 2016. Along with Virat Kohli, de Villiers also used to thrash opposition bowlers for fun and none can forget his 52-ball 129* against the now-defunct Gujarat Lions. De Villiers tonked 12 sixes and 10 boundaries in his inning and created a record for himself.

3. Chris Gayle (13 sixes)

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Chris Gayle’s name will continue to pop up and the reason is well-known to all. The Universe Boss loves to hit them big. The Jamaican giant tore apart the Delhi Capitals (then Delhi Daredevils) bowling lineup and scored a 62-ball 128*. Gayle struck seven boundaries and thirteen sixes during this inning and got his name registered in the record books.

2. Brendon McCullum (13 sixes)

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The former New Zealand captain, Brendon McCullum was also famous for his ability to hit sixes at will. McCullum wreaked havoc in the very first match he played in IPL. The Kiwi batter, playing for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) scored an unbeaten 158* against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and it was then he also created a record by smashing 13 sixes in his inning. This is the second-most number of sixes in an IPL inning.

1. Chris Gayle (17 sixes)

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When it comes to six-hitting ability, who is better than the Universe Boss to start with? Chris Gayle will be always there when there will be a talk about the most sixes in an inning. Gayle, who has amassed a total of 357 sixes in his entire IPL career also holds the record for smashing the most number of sixes in an inning in IPL history. 

Gayle hit 17 sixes against now-defunct Pune Warriors India (PWI) during his valiant knock of 175*. This is the most number of sixes a batsman has hit in IPL history. 

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