Top 10 Biggest & Longest Sixes in IPL History
Watching the IPL can be a thrilling experience. The fast pace of the game, coupled with some amazing and gigantic sixes being hit by batsmen, is enough to get any cricket fan excited. Let’s be honest here – the majority of us watch the IPL because of the batsmen. The teams have some amazing lineups filled with world-class players. Some of them are power-hitters, and spectators can expect raining sixes in every match. Since the inception of the tournament, the IPL has witnessed great knocks from players that included some monstrous hitting. The quality of cricket played is what truly makes the Indian Premier League the best cricket tournament in the world. The intensity of power-hitting only gets better as the tournament progresses. With the second phase of the IPL 2021 set to begin from September 19, let’s revisit some memories and look at who hit the longest sixes in the IPL.
In this post, we will explore the top ten biggest and longest sixes in the history of the IPL that will be remembered for years to come.
1. Albie Morkel – 125 metres
The South African all-rounder holds the record for hitting the IPL’s longest six when playing for Chennai Super Kings. During a game against Deccan Chargers in Hyderabad, Albie plunged off-spinner Pragyan Ojha to a massive six, resulting in the umpires taking a new ball as the last one went out of the park. It was the first edition of the Indian Premier League in which spectators witnessed such an amazing hit followed by many more.
2. Praveen Kumar – 124 metres
It is a surprise that a bowler made it to the list of the biggest sixes launched in the IPL’s history. Medium-pacer Praveen Kumar launched the ball into orbit with a 124 -metre-long six in 2011 when playing for Kings XI Punjab. It is the biggest six hit by an Indian player to date. Praveen Kumar, who was a part of the IPL between 2008 and 2014, made a mark on every single season he played. He was an impactful bowler who caused trouble for the batsmen with his swinging deliveries.
3. Adam Gilchrist – 122 metres
Another player who made it to the list of the IPL highest six is none other than Aussie legend Adam Gilchrist. His enormous 122-metre-long six in 2011 is still a record by a wicket-keeper which he established when playing for Kings XI Punjab. At that time, Gilly was captaining the Punjab side, and the IPL fans were not surprised to see such a huge hit by their favourite wicket-keeper. Adam Gilchrist played for the IPL teams Kings XI Punjab and Deccan Chargers in his IPL career, which lasted from 2008 until 2012. He was the winning captain during the 2009 edition of the IPL when he helped Deccan Chargers lift the trophy for the first time.
4. Robin Uthappa – 120 metres
It is hard to believe that a classic batsman like Robin Uthappa can smash the ball out of the park. But it happened in 2010 when he smashed a 120-metre-long six when playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore. He has always been a classic player who believes in timing but when circumstances demand, he has proved that he too can bat like power-hitters. Well, he has managed to secure his fourth position on the list for years now. Robin has also been one of the top run-getters in the history of the IPL and has been a part of two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders.
5. Chris Gayle – 119 metres
When speaking about the biggest sixes, one cannot not mention Chris Gayle. Chris Gayle has the most number of sixes in the IPL. He is made for this type of format, and he enjoys it to the fullest. He holds the IPL sixes record of 357 sixes, the most ever achieved by any player. In 2013, he hit his longest ever IPL six of 119 metres against Ashok Dinda of the Rising Pune Supergiants. Gayle had a successful stint as an opener with Royal Challengers Bangalore before his transfer to Punjab Kings.
6. Yuvraj Singh – 119 metres
The list is incomplete without mentioning the sixer king, Yuvraj Singh. He smashed a 119-metre-long six in 2009 when he was captain of the Kings XI Punjab team. Yuvraj had been among the top 10 six-hitters in the IPL with 149 sixes before he retired. His 119-metre six is still remembered by cricket fans all across the world.
7. Ross Taylor – 119 metres
New Zealand legend Ross Taylor is proudly a part of this list of the longest sixes in the IPL. His 119-metre-long hit out of the park is ranked number 7. He achieved this feat in 2008, the first edition of the tournament, playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
8. Ben Cutting – 117 metres
Australian all-rounder Ben Cutting hit a whopping 117-metre six in 2016 for Sunrisers Hyderabad, making it the biggest hit of the tournament. He is a pure hitter and he hits it clean. There is a lot of power involved in his batting style and he relies less on timing the ball.
9. Gautam Gambhir – 117 metres
One of the most successful players and captains in the IPL, Gautam Gambhir, has the record of one of the biggest sixes in the IPL’s history. His 117-metre six for Kolkata Knight Riders in 2013 was considered one of the pure hits of the season. He captained KKR for two IPL trophies before retiring.
10. MS Dhoni – 115 metres
Lastly, the list is incomplete without mentioning Captain Cool – MS Dhoni. One of the most successful captains in the Indian Premier League, MS Dhoni is a powerhouse performer known for his sky-kissing sixes. His 115-metre six in 2009 is among the biggest sixes of the tournament.
These are the top 10 players who have hit the most sixes in the IPL. They also are some of the big hitters who can easily clear the ground without any hassle. As the second leg of the tournament begins in just a week’s time, we can expect some more big hits.
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