Over the past decade, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been home to some of the most prolific batsmen that the world has ever seen. Right from its very inception, the IPL stage has been graced by batting legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Jacques Kallis, Brendon McCullum, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, David Warner and Chris Gayle to name a few. Here, we take a look at 5 players with the most half centuries in IPL history.
Ahead of the upcoming edition of the IPL, we continue this series where we go down the memory lane and list down all the IPL records which have been amassed, broken and accumulated over time.
A half-century in a T20 match is as good as a century in a 50-over game and goes a long way in ensuring a solid 1st innings total or chasing down a score in the 2nd essay of batting.
5 players with the most half centuries in IPL history:
Note: Players with a minimum experience of 25 IPL matches have only been considered while compiling this list.
1. David Warner – 36 Half Centuries
David Warner, the pocket-sized dynamite from Australia leads the charts when it comes to batsmen who have scored the most fifties in IPL history. The Sunrisers Hyderabad captain has recorded 36 scores of 50-plus in just 114 matches, which is fewer than the number of IPL games played by every other player on this list. Warner has been instrumental in the Sunrisers’ rise to the top of IPL echelons and even led them to their maiden title in the 2016 edition of the tournament. The Aussie vice-captain also has 3 IPL hundreds to his name.
2. Gautam Gambhir – 35 Half Centuries
Another man who has led from the front is former Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir. Man with a sense for the big occasion, Gambhir has played some extremely important knocks for Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders over the years – as evident from his tally of 35 fifties in 147 innings in the IPL, which is a record for 2nd most half centuries. Other than his leadership, Gambhir’s vital contributions at the top of the order were also important in KKR’s two title winning campaigns under his captaincy in 2012 and 2014.
3. Rohit Sharma – 32 Half Centuries
There is no doubting the fact that Rohit Sharma has transformed the Mumbai Indians from perennial favourites to a ruthless championship winning outfit under his leadership, a fact that is evidently clear by his team’s record of three IPL wins in Rohit’s five years at the helm.
The gifted batsman has amassed 3rd most half centuries – 32 half centuries over the last decade and is ranked among the most destructive players to have played in the league over the years. Third in the list of most Indian Premier League half-centuries, Rohit is also third in the list of leading run-getters in the tournament, with only Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli above him.
4. Suresh Raina – 31 Half Centuries
The man with the most runs in the history of the Indian Premier League – Suresh Raina ranks amongst the most influential players in the league, with his consistency and dependability at the crucial Number 3 slot for both Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Lions being a testament to the fact.
The veteran left-hander has also scored the 4th most half centuries – 31 fifties in 157 IPL innings, including some of the most special IPL knocks ever witnessed over the past decade. Raina is now back with the Chennai Super Kings and will be looking to recreate the magic of old under MS Dhoni’s inspired leadership.
5. Virat Kohli – 30 Half Centuries
The Indian run-machine has recorded 5th most half centuries – 30 fifties in 141 innings for the Royal Challengers Bangalore and takes the fifth spot in the list of players with most half-centuries in the Indian T20 league – a rather humbling position by his own high standards. Nevertheless, Kohli is only behind Suresh Raina in the top run-getters list and has been a prolific run-scorer for RCB for many years now. His personal best tally of runs came in the year 2016, where he amassed an unprecedented 973 runs in a single season. Come IPL 11 and Kohli will itching to score more half-centuries and lead his team to their maiden Indian Premier League trophy this year.