In the very basic, the very rudimentary sense, T20 cricket is scoring runs. The fastest way of scoring runs-hitting sixes. And therefore, batters who possess the ability to hit sixes become fundamental to any T20 team’s success. Here’s a list of the top five contenders for the coveted ‘most sixes in IPL 2020’ title.
No surprises here. Andre Russell, like every year, yet again starts as the favourite to end the competition with the highest number of sixes hit. The man is a literal beast, and his ability to hit sixes almost at will makes him arguably one of the greatest hitters of the white ball. Although he didn’t get as many chances to express himself in the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League, the man from Kingston still managed to end the season with 16 sixes in the nine games that he featured in for the Jamaica Tallawahs. And in the IPL, no one even comes close to his numbers batting lower down the order for the Kolkata Knight Riders. Last time around, the West Indian all-rounder finished the world’s premier T20 tournament sitting on the top of the six hitters list. He tonked as many as fifty-two sixes in the fourteen matches that he featured in for the Knight Riders. He is an indispensable part of the Kolkata dressing room and it wouldn’t be a revelation if he manages to top the list yet again this season.
Another power-packed, hard-hitting finisher, the success of Rishabh Pant will be pivotal for the overall success of the Delhi Capitals this season. Pant is the storm among the low-lying waves of Dhawan, Rahane and Iyer. And he’s got the perfect motivation to perform, as well, for, his position has never been so vulnerable ever since he made his Test debut in England in 2018. He was expelled from the white ball teams just before the world was engulfed by the pandemic, and was left helpless when KL Rahul started to shine in his newly adopted post of wicketkeeper-batsman. Having a good IPL, therefore, yet again becomes quintessential for the southpaw from the national capital. He has no better place to do it than at Delhi, a side which has invested tons of faith in the man. He’ll have no shortage of opportunities under Shreyas Iyer and Ricky Ponting, and it will be interesting to see if he is able to score the number of runs that are being expected of him, smashing a lot of sixes in the way.
Another young Indian superstar with a lot of new-found fame, Hardik Pandya would want to start the ‘post-corona’ period with a bang. His first task on the way to this mission is performing well for the Mumbai Indians in this edition of the Indian Premier League, something that he is not new to. In the last three to four years that Pandya Jr. has been at Mumbai, he has become a part of their star-studded core. Hardik, along with his brother Krunal, is yet again likely to be entrusted with the finishing duties for his franchise, something that he has been doing and doing well for every team that he has recently played for- be it India or Mumbai. The 26-year-old, on his day, is capable of striking fear in the mind of any opposition bowler. He possesses near perfect power-hitting technique, which a lot of bowlers have been at the receiving end of. His incredible six-scoring ability is no news to even any half-aware cricket fan, and the all-rounder from Baroda would yet again start the IPL as the favourite for ending it with the highest number of sixes next to his name.
RCB stalwart. IPL legend. Three-quarters Indian. AB de Villiers is the ideal overseas player for any team. He connects well with the crowd, his brand does well commercially, and most importantly, he adds character to the team’s batting order. The franchise’s most worshipped cricketer besides Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers gets mad love here in India. He’s got the crowds chanting his name, kids wanting to emulate him, there are posters of him everywhere he goes during the cricket season. Some people have even gone to the extent of naming their babies after him. He, along with captain Virat Kohli, will once again form the centre around which the Royal Challengers’ batting order will revolve. A large part of this astronomical affection for AB de Villiers is due to his innate six-hitting ability. He manages to hit the ball over the fence in ways unimaginable to the common man. This sounds extremely cliché, but the skill that sets de Villers apart from the crowd is his ability to hit the ball to all the areas of the ground. Again, very cliché, but he is the original Mr. 360.
The fact that he gets to play at his preferred position at number four also strengthens the argument that one will experience six-smashing to the fullest from the South African.
A wild card entry of sorts for the last name on this list, we have Kieron Pollard. Although beyond his prime, the Trinidadian all-rounder seems to be in red-hot form and was in fact at the top of the six-hitting list in the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League. Pollard, in a mere eleven matches, put the ball over the fence as many as twenty times. The thirty-three-year-old had a phenomenal Caribbean Premier League in general, leading the Trinbago Knight Riders to their third CPL title. The tournament went so well for Pollard that he, in fact, was dubbed as its ‘Player of The Tournament’. He will soon join the Mumbai Indians’ camp and is expected to play a vital role in the Indians’ performance this season. His power-hitting ability is no secret, and it will be interesting to see how he manages to cash in his good form for results in his favour.
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