IPL 2018 most sixes, Rishabh Pant IPL 2018, Andre Russell IPL 2018, etc
The eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League wrapped up in the grandest way possible, with two teams (CSK & SRH) having the most firepower among all ending up face to face in the finals, and an ousted team which returned to the fore after a break of two years (CSK), captained by former India skipper MS Dhoni, ultimately clinching the IPL 2018 title, levelling the record by Mumbai Indians of most IPL wins (three). While many teams had absolutely no chance in the race, slipping down the table well ahead of the mid-season, there were still a lot of batsmen who registered top-knocks, despite of their teams doing poorly overall. A case worthy of mention here is Rishabh Pant IPL 2018 campaign, which however didn’t go well in terms of team prospects, ended up in Pant scoring IPL 2018 most sixes.
In this article, we look at 5 batsman who hit the most number of sixes in the 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League, featuring the low-ranked team Delhi Daredevils‘ top-ranked batsman Rishabh Pant, Chennai Super Kings‘ batsmen Ambati Rayudu and Shane Watson, Kings XI Punjab‘s KL Rahul and Kolkata Knight Riders‘ Andre Russell. All of these names have earned the right to feature under the category of IPL 2018 most sixes, as it was with very smooth and unwavering consistency that campaigns like Rishabh Pant IPL 2018, Andre Russell IPL 2018, or KL Rahul IPL 2018 presented themselves.
Let us now look at the 5 players who have topped the charts of IPL 2018 most sixes;
1. Rishabh Pant (37 sixes)
Rishabh Pant is one of the few young guns of Indian cricket who are extremely promising and have a rare talent that can turn them into the mainstays of the Indian team, given some time and work on their crafts. The Delhi cricketer has impressed on U19 level, made an impressive T20I debut for India against England in 2017, but it was really for Delhi Daredevils that the 20-year-old exploded into a run-scoring, boundary-hitting, batting maestro, taking on lethal bowlers of International level with unbelievable consistency.
Having been retained by Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2018 for INR 8 crore, Pant really earned a reputation for himself. While he fell short of the Orange Cap holder Kane Williamson just by a few runs, coming on second didn’t stop him from being the batsman with IPL 2018 most sixes. Rishabh Pant IPL 2018 campaign saw the left-hander hit the highest number of sixes (37 sixes), even when the tournament had some of the most volatile batting veterans of all time.
2. Shane Watson (35 sixes)
Apart from being one of the most prolific Australian cricketers ever, Shane Watson has also become a regular favorite for Chennai Super Kings fans of the Indian Premier League. Being the highest paid non-Indian cricketer for years in a row and the last Australian to retire from the golden era of 2000s would just sound normal, when we look at his volatile performances and impacts on his team in IPL. Bought for INR 4 crore ahead of IPL 2018 by CSK, Shane Watson proved his all-rounder worth, when he took wickets and scored runs with equal prowess, and ended up 2nd in the list of IPL 2018 most sixes. Shane Watson IPL 2018 campaign saw the veteran hit 35 sixes, just two lesser than Delhi’s Rishabh Pant.
In the IPL 2018 final against Sunrisers Hyderabad, which took place on 27 May 2018, Watson scored an unbeaten 117 off 57 balls while chasing which included 8 sixes, and led CSK to win the tournament. He was awarded man of the match along with an award for best batting strike-rate of the match.
3. Ambati Rayudu (34 sixes)
Playing domestic cricket for Hyderabad, a low-key right handed batsman who spent seven seasons at Mumbai Indians in the IPL, Ambati Rayudu shined the brightest in IPL 2018 playing for Chennai Super Kings. Ambati Rayudu IPL 2018 campaign saw the 32-year-old middle-order batsman, who was bought for INR 2.2 crore, score tons of runs (602) for the ‘Yellow brigade’.
With a high score of 100 not-out and a strike rate of 149+, Rayudu was one of the big-hitters in CSK 2018, and the testimony for his greatness was the fact that he finished third on the IPL 2018 most sixes list, with 34 sixes from 16 matches.
4. KL Rahul (32 sixes)
KL Rahul has been a sort of a revelation which came to the fore in the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League. What Team India coach Ravi Shastri described as “an exciting, exciting talent”, was witnessed to be maturing the right way, playing for Kings XI Punjab in the season that got wrapped recently. KL Rahul opened the innings for KXIP in the season along with Chris Gayle, and what might sound like a mismatch, could not have worked better for the Punjab side.
While one may think that the West Indies legend Chris Gayle is the better of the two, KL Rahul proved that his talent was nothing to be undermined, scoring the fastest 50 early on in the season and ending up fourth on the list of IPL 2018 most sixes, with 32 sixes to his name from 14 matches.
5. Andre Russell (31 sixes)
Widely regarded as the biggest hitter of the cricket ball, the West Indies all-rounder was retained by the Kolkata Knight Riders for INR 8.5 crore ahead of the IPL 2018 auction. And Russell made sure that KKR was satisfied of their decision, as he went on to play crucial and impactful performances for the Shah Rukh Khan-owned team. Although Andre Russell IPL 2018 campaign saw him score 306 runs with an average of 28.72, his strike rate was a volatile 184.79, as he always scored runs when it meant the most for the team.
And finishing 5th in the list of IPL 2018 most sixes, Russell tallied a total of 31 sixes in the tournament.