The Indian Premier League (IPL) has been a platform for some of the greatest cricketers in the world to showcase their skills. Over the years, we have seen some breathtaking performances by the batters that have left us in awe. In this article, we will take a look at the top five greatest innings in the history of IPL.
Chris Gayle: 175 Against Warriors
Chris Gayle annihilated the Pune Warriors team in the 2013 IPL, scoring 175* off 66 balls. Gayle hit 13 fours and 17 sixes in that innings, which remains the highest individual score in T20 cricket to this day. The century came in just 30 balls, which is still the fastest in the IPL. His innings helped RCB post a massive score of 263/5, which remains the highest team total in IPL history.
Brendon McCullum: 158 Vs RCB In The IPL Opener
Brendon McCullum scored 158 not out of 73 balls for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) versus Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the opening match of the inaugural IPL in 2008. McCullum’s innings featured ten fours and thirteen sixes, and he scored his century in just 53 balls. His innings contributed to KKR’s total of 222/3, the highest team total at the time. McCullum’s innings set the tone for the IPL, establishing his place as one of the most lethal batsmen in T20 cricket.
Suresh Raina: 87 Vs PBKS In The Qualifier 2
Suresh Raina delivered one of the most spectacular innings in IPL history for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the second qualifier against Punjab Kings (PBKS) in 2014. Raina’s 87 off 25 balls comprised 12 fours and six sixes. Raina reached his half-century in 16 balls, the fastest in the IPL at that point. Raina’s inning is still remembered as one of the most destructive in IPL history.
Ab De Villiers: 79 Vs Gujarat Lions In The Qualifier 1
In 2016, Ab De Villiers pulled off one of the greatest IPL chases against the Gujarat Lions in the first qualifier. RCB were five down for 29 runs at one stage while chasing 159, yet De Villiers accomplished what seemed impossible. His 47-ball knock of 79 featured five sixes and five fours. De Villiers led RCB to the finals on his own. Looking back at the scorecard, you wonder if this person is even real; only De Villiers could have chased this.
Corey Anderson: 95 Vs Rajasthan Royals
In 2014, Corey Anderson delivered one of the craziest knocks in the IPL against the Rajasthan Royals. Anderson scored 95 runs off 44 balls while chasing 190. In this virtual qualifier, the Mumbai Indians needed to chase the total in 15 overs to qualify for the playoffs. Anderson’s inning helped MI make the playoffs.
These five innings stand out as some of the greatest in the history of IPL. They not only entertained fans but also showcased the sheer talent and skill of these incredible cricketers. These innings will be remembered for years to come and will continue to inspire future generations.