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.
Indian Premier League, in particular, has had more superstars from world than any other league and the consequence of that is that the fours have just multiplied with each passing IPL season. Ahead of IPL 2018, we look at 5 batsmen who hit most number of fours in IPL history, featuring Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, David Warner, etc.
Here is the list of top 10 players who have hit the most number of fours.
#10 Parthiv Patel – 297
This wicketkeeper-batsman first came into prominence when he made his Test debut against England at the age of 17 back in 2002. Since then, he has regularly been in contention for a spot in the Indian team. Parthiv was signed by the Chennai Super Kings for the first three seasons of the IPL, moved to Kochi Tuskers Kerala before being bought by the Deccan Chargers at the IPL Player Auction 2012. In the 2014 IPL Player Auction, he was purchased by RCB. The Bangalore-based team traded him to Mumbai Indians ahead of IPL 2015. At the IPL 2018 Player Auction, RCB again went on to bid for him and bought him in their squad for the eleventh edition of the league. He stands tenth positions on the list with 320 fours in total 111 IPL matches.
#9 Ajinkya Rahane – 320
Back with the franchise where he earned the nickname ‘Jinks’ Ajinkya Rahane will once again look to entertain with his silken touch in the shortest format of the game. Calm, patient and determined are qualities that define the solid Mumbai batsman who has scored prolifically for the Royals; twice crossing the 500-run mark during his tenure with the franchise. Schooled in the Mumbai ‘maidans’, the top-order bat puts a price on his wicket. Rahane has been instrumental in RR’s fortunes since being their leading run-getter in IPL 2012. The right-hand bat has over 4000 runs in the shortest format of the game including a century and 33 half-centuries. Rahane be once again looking forward to making his presence felt in the shortest format of the game. He stands Ninth position on the list with 320 fours in total 111 IPL matches.
#8 Virender Sehwag – 354
Virender Sehwag has constructed an extraordinary career with a relentless quest, and a genius, for boundary hitting. With minimal footwork but maximum intent, he has piled Test runs at a faster pace than anyone in the history of cricket. Bowlers must always fancy their chances against a batsman who plays so many strokes; it’s just that Sehwag fancies his chances against them much more. He stands in Eighth position on the list with 354 fours in total 104 IPL matches.
#7 Rohit Sharma – 354
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 354 fours in 10 IPL season. He stands Seventh on the list with 354 fours in total 159 IPL matches.
#6 Robin Uthappa – 371
He has been Mr. Consistent for KKR playing with a lot of freedom and confidence at the top of the innings. KKR rely on him for big starts and laying the perfect platform for a big score. He did not set the stage on fire in 2017, but he still continues to be a vital cog in KKR’s scheme of things. He has been a proven match-winner over the years and he brings in a wealth of experience with the bat and keeping gloves. He stands in Sixth position on the list with 371 fours in total 149 IPL matches.
#5 Virat Kohli – 382
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 382 Fours in 10 IPL season. He stands Fifth position on the list with 382 fours in total 149 IPL matches.
#4 Shikhar Dhawan – 401
Both David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan will be appearing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 11th season of the IPL. The duo was fantastic in SRH’s title-winning 2016 season. Dhawan who has played over 120 IPL matches in his career has smashed 401 fourth during that run, ironically same as his franchise captain Warner.
#3 David Warner – 401
The only foreigner to be represented on this list, David Warner has been prolific during his IPL career. He has won the orange cap twice till now and has managed to whack the bowlers for 401 fours. The Australian batsman has scored 3 centuries and 36 half-centuries in IPL. His superb performance with the bat and while leading the side led to Sunrisers Hyderabad retaining him for the upcoming seasons.
#2 Suresh Raina – 402
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 402 Fours in 10 IPL season. He also hold the all Time Batting Leaders (most number of run in ipl). He stands second position on the list with 402 Fours in total 161 IPL matches.
#1 Gautam Gambhir – 483
An IPL legend, Gautam Gambhir has not played some historic knocks for team India but has also led his former team Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL titles. The 36-year-old as scored 4132 runs till now in the IPL, which have included a massive 483 fours. After a successful spell with the KKR outfit, the opener will be seen leading out the Delhi Daredevils team after they purchased him the recently held auction in January 2018. He is holding top position on the list with 483 fours in total 148 IPL matches.