IPL has seen some breathtaking individual performances in a single inning over the years. Be it McCullum tormenting RCB in the first ever match of the tournament or Chris Gayle going berserk against Pune in 2013, it has never been short of any individual brilliance.
Since the IPL dates have finally been announced, in this article we will take a look at the very aspect of individual brilliance. Let’s check 5 highest individual scores in the 12 years of this league.
5. Rishabh Pant : 128* (63) in 2018
Rishabh Pant in 2018 played one of the best IPL innings when he scored 59 runs in the last 18 balls he faced to take his side to a competitive score out of nowhere in a league game in Delhi. He came to bat in the final over of the powerplay with the score reading 25-2.
Pant took his time initially and only capitalized on the loose balls but once he got going, there was no stopping him. He creamed Bhuvneshwar Kumar who is regarded as one of the finest death overs bowlers for 26 runs in his final over to finish his inning at 128 off 63 balls. The enormity of his inning can be measured by the fact that when other batsmen could only manage to score 56 off 57 balls on a slow pitch, Pant scored at a strike rate over 200. His 128* is the highest ever individual score by an Indian in this competition.
4. AB De villiers : 129*(52) in 2016
There is very little one could do when AB De villiers gets going. It is exactly what the bowlers of Gujarat Lions had to deal with on that particular day. It is the same match where Virat Kohli had scored a 100 too making it the first appearance in IPL where two teammates scored tons each but it was AB De villiers who stole the show with his class, adaptability and destruction.
Batting first on a slow Bangalore wicket, De villiers joined Kohli after the fall of Gayle’s wicket. He not just steadied the ship but also increased the pace of the inning. AB completed his 100 in just 43 balls and scored the next 29 runs in 9 balls to finish with 129*(52). His inning comprised of 10 fours & 12 sixes which meant 112 of his 129 runs came from boundaries in that inning. Later, RCB gave Gujarat a proper thumping in that game.
3. AB De villiers : 133*(59) in 2015
The story line was very much similar to how it unfolded against Gujarat Lions a year later. If you call that a movie, this must be recognized as a prequel to the movie. RCB lost Gayle early again and De villiers joined captain Kohli against a strong Mumbai Indians bowling attack. Not only De villiers won the match for his side with his artistic willow work, he also made the Mumbai crowd stand on their feet and applaud him. He won quite a few hearts that day.
He hit 19 fours & 4 sixes during this breathtaking knock and shared a record 215 runs with Virat Kohli who took a backseat and remained unbeaten on 82. It was the record they broke next year in the inning mentioned above.
2. Brendon McCullum : 158*(73) in 2008
Had McCullum not played this epic inning, who could have imagined such a breathtaking start to the IPL? It was the opening match of IPL played between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders at Chinnaswamy. McCullum was playing for KKR who battted first after losing the toss. While none of the other batsmen could do much, Bazz, as they say kept going from one end. He completed his 100 in 53 balls and then added 58 more runs in the final 20 balls to take his side to 222-3.
The KKR opener didn’t get much support from the others as the second highest score in that inning was only 20, which came from Ponting’s bat. He hit 10 sixes and 13 fours during the course of the inning which set the competition on fire right from the first game.
1. Chris Gayle : 175*(66) in 2013
Chris Gayle has played many destructive innings in IPL but none better than this. Have you seen the rain followed by storm? Definitely not, because it’s always the opposite but it wasn’t the case during that particular inning. Gayle was quiet, taking his time to settle in until rain arrived. When play resumed after rain, what everyone witnessed was bonkers. Bowlers were looking for hideouts but they had nowhere to hide as the RCB opener hit 17 sixes and 13 fours during his sensational inning of 175.
He first broke the record of fastest T20 and IPL 100, which came in only 30 balls and then went on to break Mccullum’s record of 158* few moments later. He got comparatively slower by the end which you can see from the fact that his last 75 runs came from 36 balls but the damage he did in the first half was enough to seal an easy win for RCB that day.