IPL 2017: 5 players with most sixes in an innings
Some big names make it onto the list of most sixes smashed in an IPL innings.
The IPL is all about big six hitting and huge celebrations. Since the inaugural season, when the crowd witnessed a belligerent Brendon McCullum, the IPL has attracted big hitters from all over the world and viewers have been treated to some delightful smacking of the ball.
While the T20 format itself was slowly gaining popularity in world cricket after 2007, IPL fueled the change with a spectacular maiden season. Things only got better in subsequent years but one thing that never changed was the number of sixes nailed.
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Chris Gayle leads the list of six hitters with an astonishing 251 sixes in 92 matches. Three Indians follow him – Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli. AB de Villiers, Mr. 360, completes the list of top five six hitters in the IPL from season 1.
But do you know the men who have hit the maximum maximums in one IPL game? Let us take a glance at the top five.
#5 AB de Villiers – 12 (RCB vs GL, 14 May 2016)
The 44th match of the 2016 edition of the IPL saw carnage from AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli. The duo had already attracted attention with their impeccable batsmanship right through the tournament but they reserved their best for this day.
de Villiers walked in at one drop after Gayle was dismissed early and got into his groove. He smashed the chinaman Shivil Kaushik for a backfoot six over extra cover before unleashing some powerful shots to race to a fantastic hundred in the company of Kohli.
He launched Praveen Kumar for three sixes in an over to move to 99. He completed the formalities with a couple of sixes in the next over bowled by Jadeja. Three sixes off Dwyane Bravo took his tally to 12 in the game and fifth on the list of most sixes in a single innings.