The Indian Premier League (IPL) has always been famous for brilliant batting performances which have fascinated the fans over the years. Since the IPL is based on the T20 format, the batsmen tend to play with an aggressive approach.
From Brendon McCullum shattering the Royal Challengers Bangalore bowling in the first-ever IPL encounter to Andre Russell’s massive maximums last year, there has been no scarcity of sixes in the game.
With IPL 2020 getting postponed due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the fans have waited long enough to see the power-hitters in action. However, the Indian Premier League 2020 (IPL 2020) is finally happening. The IPL Governing Council chairman confirmed that the sporting extravaganza will take place in UAE this year.
Now, with 12 seasons of IPL being held successfully so far, here are top 7 batsmen who have hit the most sixes in the tournament:
The Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Skipper for the coming season, David Warner has hit 181 sixes in IPL so far. His best in an innings was against Kolkata Knight Riders when he hit 8 sixes.
He has played for two IPL Teams, viz. Sunrisers Hyderabad & Delhi Daredevils. David’s Career best score in IPL is 126, also, 17 times he stayed not out.
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The Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Skipper has hit 190 sixes in IPL Cricket so far. Although, Virat is largely known for playing down the ground, a havoc of sixes in the 2016 edition of the IPL saw a very different Kohli.
He has played for just one IPL team, viz. Royal Challengers Bangalore. Kohli’s Career best score is 113 in IPL, 26 times he stayed not out.
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India’s left-handed middle-order batsman, Suresh Raina has been one of the most invariant players in the IPL history. He has played for two franchises in the twelve years of IPL, with the Chennai Super Kings being his prime team.
His strike rate of 137.14 shows that Raina loves to take the aerial path while keeping the scoreboard ticking. The 2011 World Cup winner had slammed 22 sixes in 2010, the year in which Chennai Super Kings hoisted their maiden IPL title.
The ‘Hitman’ of world cricket – Rohit Sharma has been one of the most abundant six-hitters in IPL since the tournament’s origin during the last decade. He has represented 2 franchises in the lucrative cricket league till now – Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians.
Rohit won the IPL title with both the franchises he represented. The Hit-man has hit 194 sixes till now in his IPL career so far.
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Mahendra Singh Dhoni
The most successful limited-overs skipper of India – MS Dhoni has been a steady existence in the IPL since the inaugural season. He showcased his six-hitting abilities and tended to entertain his fans throughout the cycle of the league.
Mr Cool has maintained a strike rate of 137.85 in his IPL career so far, while hitting 209 sixes till now.
AB de Villiers
The skillful batsman from South Africa, AB de Villiers, has scripted new ridges in modern-day cricket and developed some of the most unbelievable shots of the game.
The Protea batsman has played most of his IPL cricket for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), and he has done wonders for his franchise.
De Villiers is not a hard hitter of the ball; he leans on timing and smashes maximums with so much ease. In IPL, the RCB batsman has smashed 212 sixes so far.
Country: South Africa
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The king of sixes in the Indian Premier League, Chris Gayle has hit more sixes in the tournament than Virat Kohli and Brendon McCullum combined.
The Universe Boss has played for three IPL teams in his career – Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab. The left-handed batsman has registered 6 hundred in the IPL besides hitting 369 fours and 326 sixes.
The former West Indies captain breached the 50-sixes milestone twice in his IPL career.
Country: West Indies