The Indian Premiere League is all set to begin early next month. As the devoted fans of the world-renowned championship await the tenth edition of the league to sweep them away, it is a good time to look back at some memorable features of the tourney’s history.
Here, we look at the five best batsmen with the most sixes in the tournament’s history. Those batsmen, who through their sheer ability to crack some colossal sixes regularly have left a permanent imprint in the IPL. Have a look.
5. AB de Villiers - 141 sixes:
The 360-degree man has been an absolute sensation in the IPL and his ability to strike sixes to all corners of the ground and from any position imaginable is what makes him the most dangerous batsman to bowl to. De Villiers has especially come into his own after joining the Royal Challengers Bangalore and continues to win matches from them through his incredible striking abilities. He has struck some towering and monstrous sixes to the best bowlers in the league and never seems to be ruffled. In 120 IPL matches, De Villiers has hit 141 sixes and it won’t be long before he races to the top of this list.
4. Virat Kohli – 148 sixes:
Although Virat Kohli is not generally known to hit several sixes, but the IPL allows him that freedom to express himself in the best possible manner. Playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore ever since the tournament’s inception, and has progressed incredibly as a batsman. He has grown stronger with every new season and has progressed to stepping down the track to bowlers and smiting them for some cracking sixes. In 139 matches, Kohli has struck 148 sixes and the tally is only going to increase this season.
3. Suresh Raina – 160 sixes:
The left-hander is the most successful batsman ever in the IPL’s history and has got a lot of his runs through brutal sixes. Raina simply loves to the ball hit across the line or over the bowler’s head for sixes and has succeeded in doing so magnificently on several occasions in the IPL. In 147 matches, Raina has struck an impressive 160 sixes and continues to go strong even today.
2. Rohit Sharma – 163 sixes:
The super talented Rohit Sharma likes to caress the ball rather than strike it forcefully and yet his six-hitting ability is astounding. He has an excellent hand-eye coordination and moves his feet with the ball brilliantly to strike some massive sixes. In 142 matches in the IPL, Rohit has already hit 163 sixes and the best thing about most of them is that they are extremely pleasing to the eyes.
1. Chris Gayle – 251 sixes:
He clubs sixes like he is swatting a fly. The muscular West Indian opening batsman is one of the most dangerous forces in the league and has bludgeoned countless bowlers into submission with his powerful sixes that have flown out of the park. In 92 matches in the IPL, Chris Gayle, who has featured for the Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore, has struck a phenomenal 251 sixes. No one else in the championship has even crossed the 200-mark yet. Such has been Gayle’s superiority.