The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a spectacle of cricketing excellence that has captured the hearts of millions of fans worldwide. The league has seen some of the greatest cricketers showcase their skills and make history on the field. Over the years, many players and teams have set impressive IPL records that remain unbroken to this day.
In this article, we take a look at the eight best IPL records of all time.
1. Fastest Century: Chris Gayle - 30 balls
Chris Gayle's 30-ball century against Pune Warriors India, while playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2013 is considered one of the greatest innings in the history of T20 cricket. Gayle's brutal hitting saw him score 175 runs off just 66 balls, including 13 fours and 17 sixes. This remains the fastest century in IPL history and is an incredible achievement that may never be matched.
2. Most Career Runs: Virat Kohl - 7,062 runs
Virat Kohli is widely regarded as one of the best batsmen of his generation. He has amassed 7062 runs in 7062 IPL matches, making him the highest run-scorer in the tournament's history. Kohli has an impressive average of 29.98 in 5411 IPL balls and a strike rate of 129.1 in the IPL, making him a force to be reckoned with.
3. Most Hat Tricks: Amit Mishra - 3
Amit Mishra is the only player to have taken three hat-tricks in IPL history. He achieved this feat while playing for three different teams - Delhi Daredevils, Deccan Chargers, and Sunrisers Hyderabad. Mishra's leg-spin has been a potent weapon in the IPL, and he remains one of the best spinners in the tournament's history.
4. Most Sixes: Chris Gayle - 357
Chris Gayle is known for his ability to hit the ball out of the park with ease. He holds the record for the most sixes in IPL history, with 357 maximums to his name. Gayle has played for various teams in the IPL, including Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Kings XI Punjab. He is followed closely by AB de Villiers, who has hit 240 sixes in his IPL career.
Chris Gayle - the finest crowd entertainer. The six hitting ability was unmatchable, the best striker of the cricket ball! pic.twitter.com/9hpgGTut1Z— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 21, 2022
5. Most Matches: MS Dhoni - 247
MS Dhoni is one of the most successful captains in the history of IPL. He has led Chennai Super Kings to three IPL titles and has played a record 247 matches in the tournament. Dhoni's leadership, as well as his incredible batting and wicketkeeping skills, have made him a legend of the IPL.
6. Fastest Fifty: Yashasvi Jaiswal - 13 balls
In IPL 2023, Yashasvi Jaiswal, a Rajasthan Royals player, has been delivering outstanding performances. In a match against Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens, Jaiswal set a new IPL record by scoring the fastest 50 in just 13 balls. This surpassed the previous record jointly held by KL Rahul and Pat Cummins, who both reached their 50 in 14 balls. While Jaiswal's 13-ball 50 is the second-fastest in the T20 format, it ranks as the quickest in IPL history.
7. Most Consecutive Wins: Kolkata Knight Riders - 10
Although the Indian Premier League (IPL) boasts some exceptional teams, it would be a daunting challenge to surpass this record. A streak of ten consecutive wins in any form of cricket is an extraordinary feat, and the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) squad that accomplished this was truly exceptional. After a lackluster start to the 2014 season, the Knight Riders went on a remarkable run of nine victories, culminating in a triumph over Kings XI Punjab in the final. KKR won their first game of the 2015 IPL season before their winning streak of ten was eventually snapped by Bangalore.
8. Maximum Dismissals: MS Dohni - 178
Throughout his long and illustrious career, former Indian captain MS Dhoni has established himself as a top-class wicketkeeper. In fact, he holds the record for the highest number of dismissals in the IPL with a staggering 178 to his name. Of these dismissals, 137 were catches, while 41 were stumpings. Dhoni has served as a specialist wicketkeeper in every IPL season since its inception in 2008, and has played a crucial role in Chennai Super Kings' triumphs over the years, both as a captain and a keeper.