The IPL is undoubtedly the most popular league in the world. When the annual T20 extravaganza begins every year, the entire cricketing world shifts their gaze to the IPL.
From Brendon McCullum’s belligerent 158 that set the IPL ablaze, to Sohail Tanvir’s 6/14 that rocked the Chennai Super Kings, to Chris Gayle’s murderous 175 that blew away the Pune Warriors outfit, to that match in the 2016 edition, where Virat Kohli scored a scintillating hundred with stitches in his hand, and finally the 19 runs that the legendary MS Dhoni plundered in the last over against Kings XI Punjab, the IPL has thrown up several iconic moments that will be etched in the minds of cricket fans forever.
In this article, we look at 4 IPL records that will never be broken…
#1 Highest Individual Score - Held By Chris Gayle
If a team scores 175 runs in 20 overs, then it would be considered a good total that can be defended. But then, on the 23rd of April 2013, a tornado called Christopher Henry Gayle pulverised the Pune Warriors outfit with a brutal performance. Gayle faced 66 balls, and scored 175 runs, but that's not all!
Out of the 175 runs that he scored, 154 runs were through fours and sixes. His 175 propelled RCB to 263 runs and enabled them to crush the Pune outfit by 130 runs.
Now, there are only 120 balls in an innings in T20 cricket, and even if a batsman faces close to 60 to 70 balls in an innings, it is highly unlikely for them to come anywhere close to Gayle’s score.
This record of the Jamaican powerhouse will stand the test of time.
#2 4 Hundreds In A Single Season - Held By Virat Kohli
Chris Gayle (6 hundreds) is the only batsman in the history of the IPL to score more than 4 hundreds in the competition. But then, Virat Kohli scored 4 hundreds in a single edition of the IPL.
Kohli owned the 2016 edition of the IPL like a monarch. The master batsman scored an ethereal 4 hundreds in one season, and ended up scoring a colossal 973 runs in that edition.
The hundred that he scored against Kings XI Punjab where he batted on despite having stitches in his hand will go down as one of the greatest innings of the IPL. The dexterity in his stroke play and the command that he had proved that it was a master at work. This ethereal feat of Kohli will never be replicated again.
#3 Most Runs Scored In Boundaries In A Single Innings - Chris Gayle
There have been just two batsmen who have scored over 150 runs in a single innings in the entire history of the IPL, but Gayle achieved that feat through fours and sixes alone.
During his epic 175 run knock against the Pune Warriors, Gayle plundered 17 sixes and 13 fours, and tore the PWI attack to shreds.
Out of the 175 runs he scored, a staggering 88% of his runs came through boundaries alone!
Now, in the entire history of the IPL, only two 150 plus scores have been recorded, and here is Gayle, who scored over 150 runs in boundaries alone. This absurd feat of Gayle will surely stand the test of time.
#4 Most Runs In A Single Season - Virat Kohli
The 2016 edition of the IPL belonged to the batting powerhouse Virat Kohli. The batting dynamite was in scintillating form and plundered bowling attacks with his dexterous stroke play.
Kohli’s numbers in the 2016 edition of the IPL make for almost absurd reading. In the 16 matches that he played in the 2016 edition, Kohli scored a colossal 973 runs at an average of 81.08 and a strike rate of 152.03, including 4 hundreds and 7 fifties.
To understand the magnitude of this record, the next batsman in the list of highest run scorers in a single edition is David Warner, and he scored 848 runs in the same edition.
Now, this record of Kohli ranges on the verge of absurdity, and if there is any batsman who can go past this, then it has to be Kohli himself!