The format of cricket is changing day by day in order to assure maximum reach in this fast world. Starting from test cricket to ODIs and then to T20s, cricket has come a long way. One tournament which stands out from all the competitions that are being played under the T20 format is the IPL. It is arguably the most popular T20 cricket tournament, organised by the Indian cricket board.
Every player who has played in the IPL series has their own records. Out of them, the records created by the batsmen hold a special place in the hearts of their fans. A hard hitter who can score big sixes across the ground is the biggest asset in the format.
Here we see the top five batsmen who have scored the most number of sixes in the IPL history right from its inception.
1. Chris Gayle (357 Sixes)
For avid followers of the game, the ‘Universe Boss’ being on the top is no surprise. He is one of the strongest players of the game and has the ability to clear the boundaries even with a mis-hit. He also holds the record for most sixes in an innings when he smashed 17 sixes against Pune Warriors in 2013.
2. AB de Villiers (245 Sixes)
When this Protean gets in his groove, the dimensions of the boundaries do not matter. He is one of the cleanest hitters of the ball and watching him bat is a treat to the eyes.
3. Rohit Sharma (224 Sixes)
Rohit Sharma is one of the most gifted batsmen Indian cricket has ever seen. It is difficult to get his wicket once he gets going. He is the most successful IPL captain with 4 titles and his aggressive style suits the shorter format. He has webbed 224 sixes in his overall IPL career.
4. MS Dhoni (217 Sixes)
The Thalaiva of the game, MS Dhoni needs no introduction in cricket. He can dismantle any bowling attack single-handedly. Speaking of sixes, one cannot forget MS Dhoni’s 2011 world cup winning shot. Playing mostly for CSK in the IPL, MS Dhoni has launched the ball in orbit 217 times in the IPL.
5. Keiron Pollard (211 Sixes)
With his ability to hit clean sixes, Kieron Pollard can win over anyone with his batting. This Trinidadian has stuck with Mumbai Indians through its highs and lows. He is an entertainer and likes to keep the game interesting both while batting and while fielding. Pollard has hit 211 sixes in the 171 matches he has played for his franchise.
In formats like T20s, it would be a matter of pride to be called a hard hitter by the audience and fellow teammates. Other names that would have the privilege to be called a literal smacker of the ball include Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, David Warner, Suresh Raina, KL Rahul, etc.