There are less than two weeks left for the start of the new IPL season where we can expect many old records to be broken and some new records to be made. We at Follow Your Sport look at the 10 most memorable batting knocks in the history of the Indian Premier League.
10. Virat Kohli – 113 (50), RCB vs KXIP May 18th 2016 (at Bangalore)
The last edition of IPL was known for the orange cap winner Virat Kohli’s brilliant knocks, which provided great wins for RCB throughout the season. One of them was against Punjab on 18th May 2016 in a match that was cut short to 15 overs due to rain. Gayle and Kohli got involved in a dazzling opening wicket partnership which lasted for 10 overs. Kohli played an extraordinary knock of 113 (12 fours and 8 sixes) and guided RCB to a score of 211 in just 15 overs! Punjab could not match up at all to RCB’s batting effort and accepted defeat by 82 runs (D/L method).
9. Sanath Jayasuriya- 114*(48), CSK vs MI May 14th 2008 (at Mumbai)
A memorable knock by one of the greatest Sri Lankan batsman of all time- Sanath Jayasuriya – ensured a sweet victory for Mumbai. CSK were restricted to 156 runs in the first innings. That Mumbai had two of the greatest players of all times, Tendulkar & Jayasuriya, open the innings for them. Jayasuriya single-handedly dealt with the bowlers by directing almost all balls to boundaries. In a classic display of aggressive batting, Jayasuriya smashed 9 fours and 11 sixes and guided Mumbai to the required target in just 14 overs.
8. Michael Hussey- 116*(54), CSK vs KXIP April 19th 2008 (at Mohali)
After CSK lost three early wickets early in the innings, Australian batsman Michael Hussey remained unaffected and handled the responsibility of keeping the run-rate high as he took on the Punjab bowlers by plundering them for boundaries all over the park.
He almost single-handedly guided CSK to a mammoth score of 240 runs after 20 overs with little support from Raina and Badrinath. He remained unbeaten on 116 in an innings that involved 8 fours and nine sixes. Punjab also showed some fighting in the 2nd innings but were unable to compete which resulted in a win for CSK by 33 runs.
7. Kevin Pietersen- 103*(64), DD vs DC April 19th 2012 (at Delhi)
Deccan Chargers were restricted to a score of 157 thanks to a decent bowling performance by Delhi on their home ground. DD’s batting performance in the 2nd innings was disappointing, except for one man – Kevin Pietersen. The swashbuckling English batsman emerged as the star batsman for DD and single-handedly guided them to victory. In his match-saving unbeaten knock of 103, KP blasted the bowlers for sixes and fours and ended the match in favour of the home crowd ensuring a 5-wicket win for DD.
6. Sachin Tendulkar-100*(66) MI vs Kochi April 15 th 2011 (at Mumbai)
This match was surely a treat for all those who adore the god of cricket i.e. Sachin Tendulkar. The latter opened the innings with Jacobs and got involved in a good partnership with him followed by a 100+ stand with Rayudu later on. Sachin showed his master class by hitting majestic boundaries throughout the first innings and completed his first and last IPL century by sneaking a single off the last ball of the 20th over. Though Mumbai lost the match, Sachin’s memorable batting effort won the hearts of one and all.
5. Virender Sehwag- 122(58) KXIP vs CSK Qualifier 2 May 30 th 2014 (at Mumbai)
Virender Sehwag returned to scintillating form in the 2nd qualifier of IPL 2014. The latter opened the innings with Manan Vohra and continuously blighted the CSK bowlers for big hits from the start. CSK bowlers could not stop the Delhi batsman who was on a roll and dominated them with his powerful sixes and fours. Sehwag’s destructive innings ended in the 18th over but the damage was already done which gave CSK a target of 227 to chase. Raina’s heroic 87 and Dhoni’s efforts failed to earn them a win and Punjab moved to the final by securing a 24 run win.
4. M Vijay-127(56) CSK vs Rajasthan Royals April 3 rd 2010 (at Chennai)
M Vijay played the best innings of his IPL career against Rajasthan in IPL 2010. Vijay opened the innings and later partnered Albie Morkel to propel CSK to a score to 246 after 20 overs. With a strike rate of 226, Vijay destroyed Rajasthan’s bowling with brilliant boundaries and ended his innings on 127. Ojha and Watson tried their best to chase down the mammoth total through their fighting knocks but sadly fell short by 23 runs in the end.
3. AB de Villiers- 129*(52) RCB vs GL May 14 th 2016 (at Bangalore)
AB has built his image as of one of the greatest batsmen of all time. He is a valuable asset for RCB and has repeatedly proved his class in the previous seasons. In the last season, de Villiers again stunned everybody with his impressive unbeaten knock of 129 supported by a 109’s captain knock by Kohli. Both the batsmen destroyed the bowling attack of Gujarat and propelled their team to a monstrous score of 248. De Villiers, with an excellent strike rate of 248, hit 22 boundaries (10 fours and 12 sixes) that left the Gujarat Lions in big trouble. Gujarat could not even put up a fight and got all out on 104 which provided RCB a huge 144 runs win.
2. Brendon McCullum- 158*(73) KKR vs RCB April 18 th 2008 (at Bangalore)
The very first match of the 1st edition of IPL got its place set in the record books due to an over the top stunning innings by McCullum. When the concept of IPL was not very much familiar to the crowd, McCullum’s unbeaten 158 gave the IPL a definite account. The latter left the crowd spellbound with his swift hitting that led KKR to 223 runs after 20 overs. RCB succumbed to the pressure and handed KKR a comfortable 140 run victory.
1. Chris Gayle- 175*(66) RCB vs PWI April 23 rd 2013 (at Bangalore)
Pune Warriors’ weak bowling attack received a huge beating in the 31th league match of IPL 2013 by the one and only Chris Gayle. The left-handed opener smacked the Pune bowling lineup with a commanding 175 run knock. Gayle’s storming knock of 175 involved 13 fours and 17 huge sixes that alone won the game for RCB. His saluting 175 remains the highest runs scored by an individual batsman ever in the IPL so far.