Top 5 Batsmen Who Have Smashed Most Sixes In IPL History
In a competition like the India Premier League (IPL), having strong hitters in the batting order is essential for any side. When some of their players can smash monster sixes at will, the teams have a huge edge. It's especially useful during power plays and death-overs. This is why some teams send their most explosive players to open the game or conclude the innings.
Today, IPL is primarily a platform where new batsmen from around the globe come to try their hands amidst challenging conditions. However, that doesn't stop players from going after the stands!
Over the years, IPL has witnessed some powerful hitters in its lineup who are capable of shattering any barrier around the globe. The flat pitches, small boundaries, and larger bats are the new normal, allowing the batsmen to play and hit more and more sixes.
Below is a list of the cricketers with most sixes to their name in the IPL till end of 2021 season.
Kieron Pollard of the Mumbai Indians ranks fifth in the number of sixes hit. In the 168 innings he has played, he has blasted 222 sixes and 218 fours. In the cash-rich league, he has accumulated 3383 runs at a 29.16 average. Additionally, the Windies player who is known to enjoy power-hitting right above the head of the umpire has enjoyed a total of 16 half-centuries in all his performances so far.
Besides, not every season of the IPL is in favor of the same performers of the game! Adding to it are the factors like form, availability, auction, and ultimately, their retirement. Every year we witness new faces leaving behind an impact in the Indian Premier League.
While talking of the most sixes in IPL, you cannot leave out MS Dhoni from the list. MS Dhoni, the captain of the Chennai Super Kings, is fourth on the list of IPL players with the most sixes. In 200 innings, he had smashed 224 maximums and 339 fours. Dhoni has a strike rate of 135.76 and an average of slightly under 40 in the league. Since the team's inception in 2008, he has led the Chennai Super Kings to four championships, with Ravindra Jadeja taking over as captain in the 2022 season.
Rohit Sharma is another Indian batsman who ranks in top 3 in this list of big hitters. He holds the record for the most sixes struck in the IPL by an Indian. In the league, Rohit Sharma has 234 sixes to his credit, as well as 508 boundaries. In 216 innings he has scored more than 5,500 runs at an average of 30.65, which shows-up his consistency as well hitting prowess. Rohit has won the championship five times, of which 4 are with the Mumbai Indians side, the most by any captain in the tournament's history a record that he shares with MS Dhoni of CSK.
AB de Villiers is one of the most prolific hitter of the ball, playing shots in all the directions. He ranks second on the list of highest sixes in IPL history. The Proteas cricketer has smashed 251 sixes and 413 fours with a strike rate of 151.68 in 170 innings. AB de Villiers has amassed 5,162 runs at an average of 39.70, with three tons and 40 fifties, while playing for Delhi Daredevils and the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchises. While he has retired from the game, but he will stay at the top of the chart for long time.
Chris Gayle regarded the best hitter of the game; he leads the chart of most sixes in the league with 357 maximums. The power hitter has accumulated these sixes in over 141 innings in the cash-rich league. His strike rate of 148.96 is proof of bowlers' apprehension while bowling to the T20 superstar. Gayle has an IPL average of 39.72 and has scored 4965 runs with 6 hundreds and 31 half-centuries, while playing for Punjab Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
And while these records are already there, it’s just about time. With a few names enjoying their retirement and some of them enjoying newer roles, we’re yet to see revisions in the list of top five hitters in the season of 2022.