IPL 2021 is set to begin on April 9, 2021, with the first match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Last year, the IPL 2020 got scheduled in UAE due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Mumbai Indians won the title after defeating Delhi Capitals in the final by five wickets.
Since the inception of this tournament, cricketers have scored centuries to drag their teams to the next stage. Scoring a century in IPL is a colossal achievement, with only 36 players hitting a century in the Indian Premier League.
Out of the 36 players, only 15 have hit centuries more than once in the tournament. As IPL 2021 approaches a countdown, take a look at the five batsmen with the most centuries in the IPL history –
With six centuries in IPL, Chris Gayle holds the record for the highest number of centuries in the tournament. A hard-hitting opener, Gayle backs a record of a whopping 4772 runs in 131 innings in the IPL tournament so far.
The West Indies cricketer also has scored 31 half-centuries. His highest individual score is unbeaten 175 runs, a record that he hit in IPL 2013.
Virat Kohli occupies the 2nd rank for scoring the most centuries in IPL with a record of 5 centuries in his name. His highest individual score stands tall at 113 runs in IPL.
Kohli is the leading run-scorer in the history of IPL, with 5878 runs in 184 innings. He has also scored a whopping 39 half-centuries in the league.
Virat Kohli held the position for the leading run-scorer in IPL 2016, with four of his centuries in the same edition. Since the 2008 IPL, Virat Kohli has been a part of Royal Challengarriving ers Bangalore.
Australian cricketer David Warner holds the record for hitting four centuries in IPL. Warner’s biggest knock in the tournament stands at 126 runs. Warner has scored a staggering 5254 runs in 142 innings in IPL history.
He has also scored 48 half-centuries, the highest in the Indian Premier League. The left-handed batsman Warner plays as the captain for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
David Warner played for Delhi Daredevils from IPL 2009 to IPL 2013. However, since IPL 2014, Warner joined Sunrisers Hyderabad and has remained as its captain since then. He held the record for the leading run-scorer in IPL 2015, IPL 2017, and IPL 2019.
Shane Watson holds a record of 4 centuries in his name in IPL history so far. The former Australian batsman has played 141 innings in the tournament and has hit 3874 runs. His biggest score in IPL stands at an unbeaten 117-run-knock. He has also scored 21 half-centuries in the league.
Shane Watson was a team member of Rajasthan Royals from IPL 2008 to IPL 2015. He made a move to Royal Challengers Bangalore for IPL 2016 and IPL 2017.
Since IPL 2018, Shane Watson has played for Chennai Super Kings as an outstanding opener. Watson has been released ahead of IPL 2021 auction by CSK and will no longer participate in IPL 2021.
AB de Villiers has scored three centuries so far in the history of the Indian Premier League. The South African batsman has played 156 innings in the tournament and has racked up 4849 runs.
AB de Villiers has also managed to score 38 half-centuries in the league. His highest score in IPL stands at an unbeaten knock of 133 runs. Since IPL 2011, AB de Villiers has been a member of Royal Challengers Bangalore.
As the date for the commencement of IPL 2021 approaches, fans are brimming with zest to watch their favourite teams and players hit it big in every match. As is the case with every year, the batsmen will score great runs and probably even centuries to ensure that their team beats the competition.
Fans hold high expectations from new players and the previous heavy hitters who have scored centuries and half-centuries. The list above states the top five batsmen who made history with their excellence in batsmanship and thus, have people’s eyes locked on them every time they enter the field.