The IPL is the most-attended cricket league in the world and in 2014 ranked sixth by average attendance among all sports leagues.In 2010, the IPL became the first sporting event in the world to be broadcast live on YouTube.
IPL is all about hard-hitting batting and series of fours and sixes. Fans flock the stadiums with the intention of watching some power packed batting performances from their favourite stars.
In T20s, there are few things more entertaining than a batsman hitting a bowler out of the park. And IPL has certainly has had its fair share of big-hitters who have cleared the boundary with utmost
Here is the list of top 10 players who have hit the most number of sixes
#10 Yuvraj Singh – 141 Sixes
Arguably Team India’s best limited-overs all-rounder in recent years, Yuvraj Singh has time and again risen to the occasion on the biggest of stages. From captaining IPL teams and being an integral part of India’s successful 2007 World T20 campaign to helping the Men in Blue lift the 50-over World Cup, Yuvi has achieved it all, and how. Even off the field Yuvraj is a true fighter – a trait best illustrated by his successful battle against cancer. Yuvraj played for Kings XI Punjab and Pune Warriors India in the IPL before being snapped up by RCB in the 2014 Player Auction for a whopping 14 crores. He emerged as the highest paid player in the auction. The all-rounder broke that record at the 2015 Player Auction when he was snapped up by DD for 16 crores. Sunrisers acquired his services in 2016. Though he was out for the start of the tournament owing to an injury, Yuvraj was a regular feature once he was back. He brought up crucial cameos for the Sunrisers in their build up to their maiden IPL title win.
Who can forget his inning against Stuart Broad in the 2007 ICC T20 World Cup. Yuvraj created history by becoming the first man in the world to hit six sixes in an over in T20Is. He hited 141 Sixes in IPL History. He stands Tenth postion on the list with 156 sixes in total 143 IPL matches.
#9 Yusuf Pathan – 146 Sixes
Yusuf Pathan first made his mark as a hard-hitting batsman and off-spinner for the Baroda U-16 team. His ability to score runs quickly earned him a spot in India’s squad for the inaugural World T20 in 2007. His impressive showing in IPL 2008, including a Man-of-the-Match performance in the final, earned him an ODI cap in the 2008 Asia Cup. Yusuf’s most memorable ODI performances are his 123* versus New Zealand and a blitzkrieg of 105 off 70 balls against South Africa at Centurion. He has won many games for his state, IPL and national sides. He has the uncanny ability to spring surprises and is labeled as a big match player. He has over the years provided some crucial batting knocks lower down the order to power KKR to memorable victories. He also recorded IPL 2008 season’s fastest half century from 21 balls against Deccan Chargers.Total 146 Sixes hitted by yusuf pathan. He stands Ninth on the list with 156 sixes in total 143 IPL matches.
#8 Kieron Pollard – 147 Sixes
Trinidad’s Kieron Pollard is an absolute entertainer. This big-hitting batsman, capable of clearing most cricket grounds, announced his arrival at the 2009 CLT20 when he scored 146 runs in five innings at a strike-rate of close to 200. A genuine all-rounder, he lends balance to the team. His tall frame, athletic build, powerful forearms and broad shoulders make him a very good fielder too. Pollard was one of Mumbai Indians’ star performers in IPL 2010, but he had a modest outing in 2011 and 2012. However, he came back with a bang the following year, scoring 420 runs and picking up 10 wickets from 18 matches in IPL 2013 as MI surged to the title. He was one of MI’s retained players ahead of the IPL Player Auction, 2014. He scored 419 runs and his S/R of 163.67 meant MI always finished with a bang. A big match player, Pollard proved his worth by smashing 41 off just 17 balls in Qualifier 1 and followed it up with 36 from 18 balls in the big final. MI will once again turn to him to take them to a position of dominance with his lusty blows. He stands Eighth position on the list with 156 sixes in total 143 IPL matches
#7 MS Dhoni – 156 Sixes
He was the face of Chennai Super Kings for the first eight editions of the league, leading them to two titles (2010 & 2011) and four runner-up finishes. He then became the first player to be drafted by Rising Pune Supergiant in the ninth edition of the league. And, he once again became the first player to be retained by CSK ahead of the IPL Player Auction 2018.
A batting powerhouse, MS Dhoni possesses the ability to destroy different bowling attacks on his own. The calmness and composure in his demeanor along with a sharp cricketing brain accounts for a lethal combination on the cricketing field and the glistening silverware in the trophy cabinets at CSK are a testimony to his extraordinary leadership skills.
Well, he stands Seventh on the list with 156 sixes in total 143 IPL matches. He holds the record of playing most IPL matches as captain.
#6 AB DE Villiers – 156
The second player to be retained ahead of the IPL 2018 Player Auction, AB de Villiers also known as the 360 degree batsman, possesses hard hitting skills, more than decent wicket-keeper and an agile fielder that can put an acrobat to shame on the cricket field. On a good day, AB can single handedly win you matches. He can switch from classical batting to playing more innovative strokes and that sets him apart from most South African batsmen. For RCB, de Villiers has had many an eye catching innings, even picking up an award for the most power packed knock in the 2012 IPL for his assault on Dale Steyn. He has been a finisher par excellence, hitting a sublime hundred in Mumbai in 2015 and another in Bengaluru against Gujarat Lions in 2016. With Virat Kohli, AB has posted five 100+ partnerships for RCB and two 200+ partnerships, the only pair in the world to post two such partnerships. He made 687 runs in the 2016, finishing third on the runs chart.
His match winning ability and lethal innings across all formats rated him as the number one batsman in several occasions. 156 Sixes hitted by AB DE Villiers in total 10 IPL season.He stands Sixth position on the list.
#5 Virat Kohli – 160 Sixes
The Indian Cricket Team’s Captain, popularly known as the Run Machine, ViratKohli’s ability and hunger to score daddy hundreds has taken the cricket world by storm. Ranked No. 1 in ODIs, No.2 in Test cricket and No.3 in T20Is is a testimony of how the stylist top-order batsman has evolved over the years. The flamboyant cricketer was the captain of the Indian team that won the 2008 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup and since then there has been no looking back for King Kohli. He is the new-age cricketer who is aggressive and expresses his mind on the field. In 2008, Kohli was inducted in the RCB squad and started leading the side in the year 2013. In the year 2016, he sat atop on the leading run-scorers list, thereby donning the Orange Cap at the end of the ninth edition of the league. The highest paid cricketer in IPL, ViratKohli was the first one to be retained by his franchise ahead of the IPL 2018 Player Auction and will continue to lead his side.
Kohli has the lowest percentage of IPL runs in sixes among the top five, he has shown that proper shots and having the right technique can still get you plenty of sixes. He hitted total 160 sixes in 10 IPL season. He stands Fifth position on the list with 160 sixes in total 149 IPL matches
#4 David Warner – 160 Sixes
David Warner’s transition from a T20 dominator to a consistent red ball performer is very well known. But few come close to the destructive nature of the Australian batsman in world cricket in the shortest format of the game. Soon after he had made a mark for himself in world cricket, Warner was quick to showcase his skills in the IPL as well. He was signed by the Delhi Daredevils in 2009 and was retained by the franchise in the 2011 IPL Player Auctions. However he was later signed by Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2014, and since been the fulcrum of the Sunrisers’ top order. He has been their most prolific run-scorer over the last few seasons and led the team to a maiden title victory in 2016. He was yet again retained by the Hyderabad franchise and he will continue to play in orange from 2018. He hitted total 160 sixes in 9 IPL season. He stands Fourth position on the list with 160 sixes in total 114 IPL matches.
#3 Rohit Sharma – 172 Sixes
One of the most naturally-gifted batsmen in the world, Rohit Sharma is a prolific run-getter in all formats of the game and his batting is all about grace and elegance. When it comes to the shorter format, there are few who can match his striking abilities. Rohit proved why he is regarded as a special talent when he became the first batsman to strike two double centuries in the ODIs. He was one of the most consistent Deccan Chargers batsmen in the first three seasons of the IPL, and was instrumental in his former franchise winning the 2009 crown. However, since 2011, Rohit has been an integral part of the Mumbai Indians guiding their batting line-up. He took over the team’s captaincy a couple of games into the 2013 season and led MI to their maiden IPL title. In the same year, MI also completed a grand double when they clinched the Champions League T20 title. His captaincy was put to test in the 2015 season after the team won just one of their first six games and were struggling to stay afloat. Mumbai Indians then staged a remarkable turnaround and lifted the Trophy for the second time with a convincing win in the final. Rohit, who made a half-century, was named the Player of the Match. A lot will rest on Rohit’s shoulders as the defending champion fight hard to retain the glittering trophy.
Hitting a boundary involves so much effort but one look at Rohit and you’d think that depositing international fast bowlers into the stands was almost as easy as swatting a fly for him.He hitted total 173 Sixes in 10 IPL season. He stands Third on the list with 172 sixes in total 159 IPL matches.
#2 Suresh Raina – 173 Sixes
Second retained player by CSK ahead of the IPL Auction 2018, Suresh Raina is a visual treat for the spectators in this shortest format of the game. A solid striker of the ball, he possesses the rare quality of performing well under pressure. Batting in the top order, Raina has mastered the art of finishing games. The left-handed batsman is also a part-time off-break bowler who often provides that crucial breakthrough at the right time. To add to his talent with the bat and the ball, Raina is a livewire on the field with good reflexes. He hitted 173 Sixes in 10 IPL season. He also hold the all Time Batting Leaders (most number of run in ipl). He stands secound position on the list with 173 sixes in total 161 IPL matches.
#1 Chris Gayle – 265 Sixes
Chris Gayle, at his best, is devastating. He is the first player to have scored a century in international Twenty20 cricket; the only man to score seven or more tons in the Twenty20 format; and is the leading six-hitter in Twenty20s. This Jamaican batsman is all about power and brute force. Besides playing for his home team, Jamaica, in the Caribbean Twenty20 competition and the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, Gayle struts his stuff for various T20 franchises around the world. He has enjoyed success everywhere he’s played, as no boundary or total is beyond his reach. The big man from Caribbean is also a safe catcher and a handy off-spinner. In three years he has donned the RCB cap, Gayle has single-handedly won matches for them. In the 2012 season he shattered all boundaries, piling up agony worth 733 runs over the bowlers, scoring at a rate of 160 runs per 100 balls. The next year he took the T20 world by storm with a knock of 175 against Pune Warriors India. The swaggerer from Caribbean was too valuable an asset to let go for the Bengaluru-based franchise and hence he was retained ahead of the 2014 season.
He is the only player on this list who played fewer than 101 IPL matches, he is the only one to have scored more than 200 sixes, the only one to average well in excess of 2 sixes per game and hit a staggering 44% of his runs in sixes. Total 265 Sixes he hitted in 9 IPL season. He is holding top position on the list with 256 sixes in total 101 IPL matches.