IPL: 5 batsmen with the most sixes in the tournament
The thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League will take place in 2020 as all the fans are gearing up for yet another season of T20 extravaganza. BCCI had started this tournament in 2008 after seeing the rapid growth of T20 cricket. The unique franchise-based format and the involvement of overseas players in an Indian league draw a ton of attention towards the tourney.
Twelve years down and IPL is the biggest T20 league of the world. One of the main reasons behind the league's success has been the persistence of the Indian board to keep the star Indian players exclusive to this league. Unlike other nations, the BCCI does not allow a contracted player to take part in a foreign tournament.
Besides, the foreign players have also used this event as a platform to showcase their talent to the world. Over the years, a lot of world-class players have associated themselves with the league.
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Since the IPL is based on the T20 format, the batsmen tend to play with an aggressive approach. This strategy licenses them to go for the maximums hence, the big-hitting batsmen have a got a special place in the IPL. Talking about big-hitters, here are the top five batsmen who have hit the most sixes in the tournament.
#5 Suresh Raina - 194 sixes
India's left-handed middle order batsman, Suresh Raina has been one of the most consistent players in the IPL history. He has played for two franchises in the twelve years of IPL, with the Chennai Super Kings being his prime team. The Uttar Pradesh-born batsman has aggregated 5,368 runs in the IPL.
His strike rate of 137.14 shows that Raina loves to take the aerial route to keep the scoreboard ticking. The 2011 World Cup winner had slammed 22 sixes in 2010, the year in which Chennai Super Kings lifted their maiden IPL title. He had also hit 21 sixes while in 2019, the 33-year-old had sent nine balls out of the ground.