The 16th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will commence on March 31, 2023, with a match between Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Over the past 15 editions, several power-hitting batters have emerged as stars in the tournament, capable of consistently hitting sixes.
In a cash-rich league like the IPL, having big hitters in the team’s batting order is crucial for success. Some teams send their explosive players to finish the innings or open the batting. In this article, we will list the top five players who have hit the most sixes in the Indian Premier League.
Most Sixes By Batsmen In IPL History:
|Chris Gayle (PBKS)||357||141||4965||39.72|
|AB de Villiers (RCB)||251||170||5162||39.70|
|Rohit Sharma (MI)||250||228||6058||30.29|
|MS Dhoni (CSK)||235||211||5039||39.36|
|Virat Kohli (RCB)||229||222||6903||36.52|
1. Chris Gayle – 357*
Chris Gayle’s incredible power hitting has led to 357 maximums in just 141 IPL innings, proving he is one of the most intimidating batsmen in the sport. His strike rate of 148.96 highlights the fear he strikes into bowlers, and he has a batting average of 39.72 with 4965 runs, including 6 centuries and 31 half-centuries. He longest six in the IPL was 119m.
2. AB de Villiers – 251
AB de Villiers, the South African cricketer, has hit 251 sixes and 413 fours with a strike rate of 151.68 in 170 innings. He has played for the Bangalore and Delhi franchises and scored 5162 runs at an average of 39.70, including three centuries and forty fifties in the league.
3. Rohit Sharma – 250*
Rohit Sharma has smashed 250 sixes in the IPL, the most by any Indian player, along with 539 fours and 6058 runs at an average of 30.29. He has led Mumbai Indians to a record five IPL titles. The upcoming season will test his tactical skills as MI face a demanding schedule. He also has the most sixes in T20Is.
4. MS Dhoni – 235*
MS Dhoni, the Chennai Super Kings captain, has hit 235 sixes and 348 fours in 211 IPL innings, ranking fourth for the most sixes in the tournament. Dhoni has an average of almost 40 and a strike rate of 135.71. He has led Chennai Super Kings since 2008 and won the IPL four times.
5. Virat Kohli – 229*
Virat Kohli ranks fifth in the IPL for hitting the most sixes, having smashed 229 in 219 innings, with 603 fours to his name. He’s amassed 6903 runs at an average of 36.71, including five centuries and 48 half-centuries, showcasing his exceptional batting skills in the cash-rich league.