Top 5 Batters with Highest Individual Scores in IPL History

While it’s unusual for a player to score a century in a 20-over match, certain cricketers have had impressive innings when they’re in form.

In T20 cricket, when a player scores a century for their team, it often leads to an easy victory. This trend is seen in major T20 tournaments like the IPL. Although centuries are rare in the 20-over format, some players have delivered remarkable innings on their day. Throughout the history of the IPL, there have been some incredible and aggressive batting performances by top cricketers. This article will highlight the five highest individual scores by batters in the Indian Premier League. Among these, only one player is Indian, while the others are foreigners.

Batters with Highest Individual Scores in IPL History

Chris Gayle, known as the ‘universe boss‘, set the record for the highest number of runs scored in a single innings in the league. He achieved this feat by scoring 175 runs off 66 balls against Pune Warriors while representing Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2013 season. Gayle reached his century in just 30 balls during this remarkable innings.

RCB plans to honor The Universe Boss and AB de Villiers, affectionately called Mr. 360, by inducting them into their Hall of Fame on March 26. With a busy schedule ahead, it’s uncertain if RCB will clinch the coveted trophy in the upcoming season.

Gayle scored a century without being dismissed, hitting 13 boundaries and 17 maximums. Bangalore reached a total of 263/5, with Gayle’s contribution, and limited Pune to 133/9, securing a victory by a margin of 130 runs.

Brendon McCullum lit up the stage with a stunning performance in the opening match of the first IPL season. Playing for Kolkata Knight Riders against Royal Challengers Bangalore, the former New Zealand captain scored an unbeaten 158 runs off just 73 balls. His innings included 10 fours and 13 sixes. Kolkata Knight Riders won the match convincingly, with a massive 140-run margin.

During the 2022 IPL match between Lucknow Super Giants and Kolkata Knight Riders, Quinton de Kock played a remarkable innings, scoring an unbeaten 140 runs off 70 balls. Partnering with KL Rahul, who remained not out with 68 runs off 51 balls, they formed an unbeaten partnership of 210 runs. De Kock hit 10 fours and an equal number of sixes in his innings, ensuring Lucknow Super Giants didn’t lose any wickets throughout the match.

During the 2015 IPL match between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore, AB de Villiers played an unforgettable innings, scoring 133 runs from 59 deliveries. Teaming up with Virat Kohli, who contributed 82 runs off 50 balls, they formed a partnership of 215 runs. Together, they hit 19 boundaries and 4 sixes, guiding their team to a 39-run victory.

In the 2020 IPL held in the UAE, KL Rahul, the captain of Punjab, scored an impressive 132 runs in a single innings against the Bangalore team, marking the highest individual score by an Indian player in the league. Rahul’s unbeaten knock came off 69 balls, including 14 boundaries and 7 sixes. Punjab posted a formidable total of 206/3 in their innings and then bowled out Bangalore for just 109 runs, securing a commanding 97-run win.

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
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