Best Sixes in IPL History
Boundaries are part and parcel of the high octane cash-rich league. IPL has seen tons and loads of maximums, which are even awarded by the sponsors. Bowlers hate going for runs and when they get hit for sixers, their expression changes. Few express themselves against the batsmen when they go for maximums.
On the other hand, batsmen enjoy when they achieve success on hitting sixes. In this article, we shall see the top sixers which were hit at the most crucial time of the game.
#5) Rohit Sharma vs DC
Mumbai Indians needed 139 to win against the Deccan Chargers. It all came down to the penultimate over where MI needed 18 runs to seal the victory. James Franklin and Rohit Sharma were at the crease. Franklin faced the first three balls and he hit seven runs from those, including a leg bye. It came down to the last ball when Daniel Christian bowls a full toss again and Rohit never misses those.
Rohit hits it over long on to seal the game for MI. The last three balls had changed the entire complexion of the game, even though Dale Steyn had bowled exceptionally well in that game.
#4) Dwayne Bravo vs KKR
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batted first and scored 158/5 in 20 over’s. CSK lost wickets at regular intervals and it all came down to the last over. Chennai Super Kings needed 5 runs of the last ball and Dwayne Bravo was on strike. Rajat Bhatia was the bowler and had conceded only four runs from the last five balls bowled.
Rajat Bhatia tries to bowl a Yorker which he misses and Bravo gets a juicy full toss which he hits it high into the sky and was long enough to clear the boundary over long on. We could have seen the disappointment on Gambhir’s face as the ball was descending over the ropes. Players in the dug out came out rushing to embrace Bravo. This brightened their chances to get into the knockouts.
#3) MS Dhoni vs KXIP
Rising Pune Supergiant needed 23 from the last over. MS Dhoni and Ravichandran Ashwin were at the crease. It all came down to 16 from the last 3 balls. Dhoni smashes a four to extra cover and RPS needed 12 from the last 2 to seal the game. Again MS hits a six toward the square leg and it all came down to the last ball.
After so much of discussion Axar Patel misses his length and line and the ball was in Dhoni’s slot. MS as usual keeps his calm and smashes it over the mid-wicket to seal the game and once again proves his finishing skills.
#2) Mitchell Santner vs RR
Batting first, Rajasthan Royals posted 151/7 in 20 over’s. Ben Stokes was the top scorer with 28 while Jos Buttler made 23. Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur and Jadeja took 2 wickets each. In reply CSK lost early wickets, but MSD and Rayudu steadied the ship.
Mitchell Santner had 3 balls and was batting with Ravindra Jadeja. Stokes was trying to go for a Yorker outside off- stump which he missed. Santner shuffled a bit towards the off stump and hit a six and sealed the game for CSK.
#1) Aditya Tare vs RR
Mumbai Indians were on the verge of qualifying in 2014. MI needed to score 190 runs in 14.3 overs to qualify for the playoffs. Corey Anderson and Ambati Rayudu with their unbelievable performances brought MI to 189 in 14.3 over’s and Rayudu was run out. Now MI needed to score a boundary or a six to get qualified with all the net run rate drama calculated to the third decimal.
Aditya Tare walks out to bat. James Faulkner bowls a Yorker that goes wrong on the leg stump, small boundary and Aditya Tare smashes it for a six. He was running around like he is a footballer with his jersey up over his head. Rahul Dravid picks up his hat and throws it on the ground. It was a picture for ages.