Around the world, the Indian Premier League is regarded as one of the most prestigious leagues for cricket fans and players alike. The league features some of the finest T20 batsmen in the world, who compete against each other in a thrilling environment. With the short duration of T20 cricket and the emphasis on aggressive batting. IPL offers fans an exciting tournament for those who enjoy watching batsmen in action.
Over the years, the IPL has seen some extraordinary batting performances. With players scoring runs for fun and hitting monstrous sixes to amaze the crowd. In this post, we will take a look at the top 5 batting performances in IPL history.
1. Chris Gayle (RCB)
With incredible batting performances over the years. RCB has had some of the world’s most talented batsmen play for them. One of the most memorable innings came in the 6th edition of the Indian Premier League in 2013.
Chris Gayle smashed 175* off just 66 deliveries against Pune Warriors. During the monstrous innings, he scored the highest individual score in T20 cricket with 17 sixes and 13 fours. It is one of the most memorable T20 innings of all time.
2. Brendon McCullum (KKR)
As IPL 2008 kicked off, Brendon McCullum announced it in style by scoring 158 off only 73 deliveries. The unlucky opponent was Royal Challengers Bangalore. The unbeaten knock had 13 fours and 10 sixes, which helped KKR to post a massive total of 222/3.
In reply, RCB managed only 82 runs and KKR won the match by a comfortable margin of 140 runs. Brendon McCullum was named Player of the Match for his breathtaking innings. This innings is arguably regarded as the game-changing innings for the t20 format as it set the tone for the future.
3. Quinton de Kock (LSG)
In the 14th edition of IPL last year, Quinton de Kock hammered Kolkata Knight Riders. He played a blistering knock of 140 not out off just 70 deliveries. It was a stunning display of power-hitting by the South African batsman as he produced a gem of an inning. His innings included 10 fours and 10 sixes, with at a strike rate of 200 .
He helped Lucknow Super Giants post a total of 210. KKR tried to chase it down but fell short by 2 runs and de Kock was named Player of the match for his magnificent knock.
4. AB de Villiers (RCB)
Talk about blistering batting and it is impossible to keep AB de Villiers off the list. Many a times, he has showcased his incredible talent of hitting big sixes and taking games away from opponents. His highest score came in the 2015 IPL against Mumbai Indians.
In the 46th match of the eighth season of IPL, AB was simply unstoppable. That day he scored a delightful 133* off 59 deliveries with 19 fours and 4 massive sixes to take RCB to an imposing total of 235/1. In reply, MI fell short and lost the match by 39 runs.
5. KL Rahul (Kings XI)
In IPL 2020, Rahul displayed his masterclass against his former team and made it to the list of top 5 batting performances in IPL history. He smashed bowlers all over the park. His innings included 7 sixes and 14 fours. He helped Kings XI Punjab post a huge total of 206, which proved too much for RCB to chase down.