Indian Premier League has revolutionized the game of cricket in India. Since its inception, It has unearthed several unknown talents and provided them with a perfect platform to showcase their abilities. Indian cricket team's top players today like Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah came into limelight and earned team India berths due to their impressive performances in the Indian Premier League.
IPL is mainly an entertainment based T20 extravaganza, so we have witnessed many big hitters display their skills in the league so far. In this slideshow, we are going to take a look at the most prolific six hitters in the history of the Indian Premier League.
One of India's most prolific six-hitters Yuvraj Singh is surprisingly absent from the top ten members of the list. He has hit 143 sixes in IPL and currently holds the 12th position.
The top 5 list contains two current IPL captains and one former captain. So without any further delay let's take a look at the members of the top ten of this list -
#10 Kieron Pollard - 154 sixes (132 matches)
#9 Yousuf Pathan - 164 sixes (163 matches)
#8 Shane Watson - 117 sixes (163 matches)
#7 David Warner - 160 sixes (114 matches)
#6 Virat Kohli - 177 sixes (163 matches)
#5 Rohit Sharma - 184 sixes (173 matches)
The 'Hitman' of world cricket - Rohit Sharma has been one of the most prolific six-hitters in IPL since the tournament's inception during the last decade. He has represented 2 franchises in the lucrative cricket league till now - Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians. He won the IPL title with both the franchises he represented.
Rohit Sharma has played 173 matches in the IPL and scored 4493 runs at an average of 31.86 including 1 century and 34 fifties. He possesses a strike rate of 131.02 in the IPL.
He is the third highest runscorer in IPL's history behind Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli.
He has hit 184 sixes till now in his IPL career and currently holds the fifth position on this list.
#4 Suresh Raina - 185 sixes (176 matches)
Suresh Raina has been one of the consistent batsmen in IPL over the years. He displayed his big-hitting skills and took his teams (CSK and Gujarat Lions) home to a victory on numerous occasions.
Suresh Raina has played 176 matches in the IPL and scored 4985 runs at an average of 34.37 including 1 century and 35 fifties. He possesses a strike rate of 138.43 in the IPL.
He is the highest run-scorer in IPL right now. Virat Kohli who is currently at the second position is just 35 runs away from Raina's tally.
He has hit 185 sixes till now in his IPL career and currently holds the fourth position on this list.
#3 MS Dhoni - 186 sixes (175 matches)
The most successful limited overs skipper of India - MS Dhoni has been a constant presence in the IPL since the inaugural season. He showcased his six hitting abilities and managed to entertain his fans throughout the tenure of the league.
MS Dhoni has played 175 matches in the IPL and scored 4016 runs at an average of 40.16 including 20 fifties. He possesses a strike rate of 138.19 in the IPL.
He has hit 186 sixes till now in his IPL career and currently holds the third position on this list.
#2 AB de Villiers - 187 sixes (141 matches)
AB de Villiers is one of the most destructive batsmen the game of cricket has ever seen. His ability to clear the boundary ropes using a wide range of innovative strokes has earned him fans all over the world.
AB de Villiers has played 141 matches in the IPL and scored 3953 runs at an average of 39.53 including 3 centuries and 20 fifties. He possesses an impressive strike rate of 150.93 in the IPL.
He has hit 187 sixes till now in his IPL career and currently holds the second position on this list.
#1 Chris Gayle - 292 sixes (112 matches)
Chris Gayle's name is synonymous with humungous sixes and destructive T20 innings. He is widely regarded as the best T20 batsmen due to his outstanding accomplishments. Given his big-hitting expertise, It comes as no surprise that he is the most prolific six-hitter in the history of IPL.
Chris Gayle has played 112 matches in the IPL and scored 3994 runs at an average of 41.17 including 6 centuries and 24 fifties. He possesses an impressive strike rate of 150.71 in the IPL.
He has hit 292 sixes till now in his IPL career and currently holds the pole position on this list.