IPL 2023: Top 5 Batters with Highest Individual Scores in IPL History

Though it is not so common to see a player hitting a ton in the 20-over format, some cricketers have enjoyed big innings when it's their day.

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Quinton De Kock fifty vs KKR
Quinton De Kock fifty vs KKR. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

The brand new sixteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to kick off from Friday, March 31, 2023 with a clash between defending champions Gujarat Titans and four-time winners Chennai Super Kings at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Fans around the globe are eagerly waititng for the cash-rich league to begin after witnessing some action-packed international matches.

In the T20 format, if a player scores a century for the team, then most of the time it becomes quite easy to win the match as well. The same is applicable in global T20 tournaments like IPL as well. Though it is not so common to see a player hitting a ton in the 20-over format, some cricketers have enjoyed big innings when it’s their day. Over the years right from the start of the opening night, there have been some breathtaking and destructive innings played by top-notch cricketers. In this article, we are going to list out the 5 highest individual scores made by batters in the Indian Premier League. The list includes only one Indian player while the rest are foreigners. 

Batters with Highest Individual Scores in IPL history

The ‘universe boss’ Chris Gayle holds the record for scoring most runs in an innings in the league. He smashed 175 runs off 66 balls against Pune Warriors while playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2013 season. Gayle ran to the three-figure mark in only 30 balls during his explosive innings.

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His unbeaten knock included 13 fours and 17 sixes. Bangalore posted 263/5 with the help of Gayle’s ton and restricted Pune to 133/9 thus winning the match by 130 runs.

Brendon McCullum set the stage on fire when he smacked 158 runs off 73 balls in the very first match of the inaugural season of IPL. He played this knock while being part of Kolkata Knight Riders against Royal Challengers Bangalore. The former Kiwi captain smashed 10 fours and 13 sixes in his unbeaten inning. Kolkata won this match very comfortably by a big margin of 140 runs.

In the 2022 IPL match played between Lucknow Super Giants and Kolkata Knight Riders, Quinton de Kock played a memorable knock of 140* off 70 balls. He shared an unbeaten 210-run partnership with KL Rahul who scored an unbeaten 68 off 51 deliveries. The South African southpaw smacked 10 fours and as many sixes in his innings as LSG didn’t lose a single wicket in the entire innings.

In the 2015 IPL match played between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore, AB de Villiers played a memorable knock of 133 runs off 59 balls. He shared a 215-run partnership with Virat Kohli who scored 82 runs off 50 balls. The stylish batters hit 19 fours and 4 sixes in his innings and helped the team to win the match by 39 runs. 

In IPL 2020 played in UAE, the Punjab skipper KL Rahul slammed 132 runs in an innings against the Bangalore team. This is the highest individual score by an Indian player in the cash-rich league. Rahul hit 14 fours and 7 sixes in his unbeaten 69-ball innings. Punjab scored 206/3 in the first innings and bowled out the opposition for just 109 runs to register a 97-run victory. 

Highest Individual Scores in IPL History

Player Runs Balls Against 6/4
Strike Rate
Chris Gayle 175* 66 PWI 17/13 265.15
Brendon McCullum 158* 73 RCB 13/10 216.43
Quinton de Kock 140* 70 KKR 10/10 200
AB de Villiers 133* 59 MI 4/19 225.42
KL Rahul 132* 69 RCB 7/14 191.3

*Last updated on 20 March 2022

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