Hitting boundaries at regular intervals is crucial for a batsman in a competitive tournament such as IPL. This helps him release pressure and keep the scoreboard moving swiftly. Plus, boundary-hitting is an art, showcasing the batsman’s skills, temperament and natural ability.
Wonder who has the most boundaries in IPL history? Read on, here’re the top 5 of them. But before we start, here’s a spoiler. A majority of top boundary-hitters are opening batsmen. They bat when field restrictions are in place, which makes hitting boundaries easy.
1. Shikhar Dhawan:
With 601, Shikhar Dhawan tops the list. The prolific opening left-hand bat achieved the feat in 176 innings. He debuted for Mumbai Indians in 2009 and has represented Deccan Chargers and Sunrisers Hyderabad at different points in time. Currently, he’s opening for his home team, Delhi Capitals. Shikhar has to his credit two back-to-back hundreds and 5282 runs in IPL.
2. David Warner:
Another opening batsman and a prolific run-scorer in IPL, David Warner has hit 517 fours in 144 outings. Warner has dominated bowling season-after-season, earning a record 03 Orange Caps (2015, 2017 and 2019). He is one of the select few to score 5000 plus IPL runs, averaging 42.48. His consistency is complemented by a strike rate of 141.51, making him a modern-day great.
3. Virat Kohli:
No batting leader board is complete without the “run-machine” Virat Kohli. He’s simply exceptional. The present RCB skipper has dispatched the ball to the fence on 511 occasions in 186 innings. With Kohli promoting himself to the opening slot, the numbers are bound to skyrocket. He’s currently the leading run-scorer in IPL with 5944 and is more likely to stay there for long.
4. Suresh Raina:
Suresh Raina features fourth on the list of players with the most boundaries in the IPL. He played most of his IPL cricket for CSK and has aggregated 5422 runs in 190 innings with the help of 496 hits to the boundary. He’s a true IPL batting legend, being the first batsman to get past 5000 IPL runs. Past his prime though, the “CHINNA THALA” is still vital for CSK’s success in the 2021 edition.
5. Gautam Gambhir:
Gambhir retired from all forms of cricket way back in 2018. But his startling performances earn him a place among the top boundary-hitters of all times. Equally effective against pace and spin, Gambhir has smacked balls to the boundary ropes 491 times in 152 innings. The Delhi-lad has led his former team, Kolkata Knight Riders, to the IPL title twice (2012 and 2014).
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A batsman smacking the ball to the ropes is a far too frequent sight in the Indian Premier League. Some batsmen, especially openers, do it more often than the middle order ones.