Six-hitting machine: 5 batsmen to have hit most sixes in IPL
For many years, the IPL has offered flamboyant batting performances, towering sixes, and other thrilling experiences that keep fans coming back for more. From a performance by Brendon McCullum crushing the RCB (Royal Challengers Bangalore) during his debut encounter to massive maximums by players like Andre Russell, there has been no shortage of sixes in the league.
With the 2020 season postponed because of the global lockdown, fans are eagerly waiting to see their favorite power hitters back in action. Here’s a look at IPL’s best batsmen who’ve mastered the science of hitting the cricket ball, recording the most sixes in the league. But first, a brief view of the IPL 2021 season.
A Brief View of IPL’s 2021 Season
Currently, IPL fans are gearing up for the upcoming 2021 season, starting in Chennai on 9th April and extending to 30th May in Ahmedabad. The curtain-raiser match will be between the high-flying Mumbai Indians VS Royals Challengers Bangalore, with odds already available online. However, fans can expect a few new faces in different teams since various players have joined other teams during the auction period in 2021.
As for the IPL 2021 competition, eight teams will battle it out for the trophy. The teams are; Punjab, Delhi Capitals, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Chennai Super Kings. All the teams will play on neutral ground, which means no team will have the home advantage in IPL 2021. Six venues meant to host the tournament have been identified, inspected, and approved.
Players with the most sixes in the history of the tournament
In IPL history, Chris Gayle is the most sixes hitter in the league. The West Indies cricketer has participated in 131 innings, recording a total of 368 sixes. Even better, Gayle went ahead to record six centuries in the IPL, putting him on top of cricket charts. The left-handed batsman also went ahead to register 31 half-centuries to date.
Gayle holds the record for most sixes in all types of international cricket, with 534 in test matches, ODI games, and T20s with the West Indies. The Jamaican cricketer was the first batsman to record 1000 sixes in T20 and was the highest run-scorer compared to any West Indies’ batsman.
AB de Villiers
With 14 sixes per season on average, AB de Villiers ranks second on the list with a massive 235 sixes in just 156 innings. On the other hand, he has hit a massive 38 fifties as well as smashing 3 centuries. So far, he has been able to score 4849 runs in the Indian Premier League.
His highest individual score stands at a 133-run knock, a record that is unbeaten. From 2008 to 2010, he played for Delhi Daredevils. As of 2011, he has been part of Royal Challengers Bangalore. Fans across the globe should expect to see him play in the upcoming 2021 tournament.
But what makes AB de Villiers so good? The secrets of AB’s success are unpacked by Kevin Pietersen, Dwaine Pretorius, Reeza Hendricks and more in an interview with the Betway Insider.
MS Dhoni is among the most decorated players in the IPL due to hitting big sixes. He gets ranked at position three for hitting most sixes in the league, after smashing 216 sixes in just 182 innings. The wicket-keeper has scored 4632 runs in his career at the Indian Premier League, which also includes 23 half-centuries.
MS Dhoni has been leading Chennai Super Kings since IPL 2008. Under his captainship, the team has won the IPL title in 2010, 2011, and 2018. In 2021, he will lead his team (Chennai Super Kings) and hope to win the coveted title.
Standing at position four of cricketers who have hit the most sixes in the Indian Premier League is none other than the fans’ favorite, Rohit Sharma. He is the skipper for Mumbai Indians. He has smashed 213 sixes in just 195 innings, which is an impressive record.
So far, Rohit has been able to score 5230 runs. He is a right-handed batsman and has hit 39 fifties and 100 in the Indian Premier League. Since 2011, Sharma has been part of Mumbai Indians. He is expected to lead the team in the upcoming 2021 tournament.
In the Indian Premier League, Virat Kohli is ranked as the 5th in hitting the most sixes. He gets regarded as one of the players who have participated in each IPL season. Since the 2008 IPL, he has been associated with Royal Challengers Bangalore, one of the most outstanding achievements a player can get accorded.
In his IPL career, Kohli has hit a massive 201 sixes in 184 innings. When it comes to the list of leading run-score, Virat tops the list with an impressive 5878 runs. So far, he has hit 5 centuries and topped it up with 39 half-centuries in the Indian Premier League.