Chris Gayle has most sixes' in IPL history  © AFP
Chris Gayle has most sixes’ in IPL history © AFP

Chris Gayle hit 11 sixes en route his 104 not out for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at Mohali in an IPL 2018 match. This was Gayle’s 21st T20 hundred (thrice as much as anyone else in the world) and the first in the 2018 edition of the tournament. Gayle faced 63 balls in all and hit 11 sixes but a solitary four. The 11 sixes took his career six count to 834; the next name on the list is of Kieron Pollard (523). In IPL, too, Gayle is head and shoulders ahead of anyone else.

Batsmen with 150 IPL sixes

6s Batsman I BF 6s/I BF/6

280

Chris Gayle

102

2,494

2.75

8.9

179

Rohit Sharma

158

3,309

1.13

18.5

174

Suresh Raina

159

3,282

1.09

18.9

167

Virat Kohli

145

3,544

1.15

21.2

166

AB de Villiers

122

2,427

1.36

14.6

162

MS Dhoni

146

2,681

1.11

16.6

160

David Warner

114

2,824

1.40

17.7

There is no comparison. Gayle is 101 clear of the next name on the list. He has hit a six every 8.9 balls. De Villiers (14.6), the closest to him, is some distance away. Similarly, when it comes to sixes per innings, Warner (1.4) is barely more than half of Gayle’s 2.75.

Most sixes in a T20 innings with only 1 four

Player Runs 4s 6s Team Against Venue Date
Nicky van den Bergh

101

1

12

North West Namibia Potchefstroom

22/3/14

Andre Russell

88*

1

11

Kolkata Knight Riders Chennai Super Kings Chennai

10/4/18

Chris Gayle

104*

1

11

Kings XI Punjab Sunrisers Hyderabad Mohali

19/4/18

Gayle also did something queer in his innings: he hit only 1 four to go with his 11 sixes. This put him in a list of only three men who have hit 11 sixes in an innings but have not hit more than one four. Curiously, the second of these happened 9 days ago.