Chris Gayle has the highest percentage of runs in boundaries in IPL © IANS
Chris Gayle has the highest percentage of runs in boundaries in IPL © IANS

Twenty20 cricket has a lot to do with scoring more boundaries (fours and sixes) than running singles. Bharath Seervi lists batsmen who have scored highest percentage of their Indian Premier League (IPL) career runs in boundaries.

In the eight Indian Premier League (IPL) seasons since 2008, there have been many great hitters of the ball who score most of their runs from sixes; there have been some who rely on hitting more fours than sixes. A team gets 20 overs to bat and 6 or 7 men getting to bat (on most occasions) every innings, the batsmen need to make the most out of the limited opportunities they get. IPL: Parthiv Patel and others playing for most franchises

In IPL, Chris Gayle has scored more than 75% of his runs in boundaries (fours and sixes) which is the highest for any batsman in the tournament who have played 20 or more innings. He has scored 2,835 runs including 200 sixes and 232 fours: in other words 2,128 of his runs have come in boundaries. There are five other batsmen who have scored more than 70% of their runs in boundaries. Indian Premier League (IPL): Analysis of batting and economy rates in various phases in first seven seasons

Highest % of runs in boundaries (4s+6s) in IPL (Min. 20 innings)

Batsman Mat Runs Fours Sixes % of runs in boundaries
Chris Gayle 71 2835 232 200 75.06
Sanath Jayasuriya 30 768 84 39 74.21
Adam Gilchrist 80 2069 239 92 72.88
Glenn Maxwell 26 656 53 44 72.56
Virender Sehwag 101 2724 334 106 72.39
Harbhajan Singh 101 671 63 37 70.60
Dwayne Smith 56 1625 150 87 69.04
Shane Watson 70 2143 211 101 67.66
Matthew Hayden 32 1107 121 44 67.57
Naman Ojha 72 1271 105 70 66.08

 

Highest % of runs in sixes in IPL (Min. 20 innings)

Player Mat Runs Fours Sixes % of runs in sixes
Chris Gayle 71 2835 232 200 42.33
Glenn Maxwell 26 656 53 44 40.24
Kieron Pollard 83 1501 105 93 37.18
Yuvraj Singh 90 1973 137 116 35.28
Harbhajan Singh 101 671 63 37 33.08
Naman Ojha 72 1271 105 70 33.04
Albie Morkel 86 945 60 52 33.02
Yusuf Pathan 111 2179 179 117 32.22
Dwayne Smith 56 1625 150 87 32.12
David Miller 38 1068 75 55 30.90

 

Gayle tops both the lists but the players below him are different. Let us now look at players who have scored highest percentage of their IPL runs in fours.

Highest % of runs in fours in IPL (Min. 20 innings)

Player Mat Runs Fours Sixes % of runs in fours
Parthiv Patel 83 1467 186 19 50.71
Sachin Tendulkar 78 2334 295 29 50.55
Rahul Dravid 89 2174 268 28 49.31
Virender Sehwag 101 2724 334 106 49.04
Tillakaratne Dilshan 52 1153 140 24 48.56
Gautam Gambhir 109 2996 350 43 46.72
Kumar Sangakkara 71 1687 195 27 46.23
Adam Gilchrist 80 2069 239 92 46.20
Shikhar Dhawan 87 2386 270 51 45.26
Mahela Jayawardene 80 1802 200 39 44.39

It is to be noted that in the list of highest percentage of career runs in sixes, only two have 2,000 runs in IPL whereas in the list of highest percentage of career runs in fours, there are six batsmen with 2,000 IPL runs. Indian Premier League (IPL): Top bowlers from 2008 to 2014

Parthiv Patel, who has played for six franchisees from eight IPL seasons, has the highest percentage of IPL career runs in fours. There is not a single player common in the lists of highest percentage of runs in fours and sixes in IPL.  IPL 2015: Batting analysis of first seven seasons

All figures updated till the end of 21st match of IPL 2015 between Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians on April 23, 2015.

(Bharath Seervi is a cricket statistician who is obsessed with digging numbers, facts and records related to the game. An active member of Society of Cricket Statisticians of India, he blogs at www.cricketseervistats.blogspot.com. He can be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SeerviBharath and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SeerviCricket)