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IPL 2021: Top 5 batsmen 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.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

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. In this article, we are going to list out the 5 highest individual scores made by batsmen in the Indian Premier League. The list includes only one Indian player while the rest are foreigners. 

Batsmen 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. 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 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 batsmen hit 19 fours and 4 sixes in his innings and helped the team to win the match by 39 runs. 

In the last IPL 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.

Among the top 5 individual scores in the league, the dashing Proteas player AB de Villiers is included on the fifth spot as well. In the IPL 2016 game against Gujarat Lions, AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli both slammed centuries to take the team score to 248/3 in 20 overs. The South African player scored 129 runs off 52 balls including 10 fours and 12 sixes, while Virat hit 109 runs in 55 balls. The Gujarat team got all out for just 104 runs in the chase and lost by a huge 144-run margin.   

Highest individual scores in IPL history

Player Runs Balls Against 6/4 Strike Rate
Chris Gayle 175* 66 PW 17/13 265.15
Brendon McCullum 158* 73 RCB 13/10 216.43
AB de Villiers 133* 59 MI 4/19 225.42
KL Rahul 132* 69 RCB 7/14 191.30
Rishabh Pant 128* 63 RR 7/15 203.17

*Last updated on 17 Sep,2021