The 20th over in a T20 match is the final over, and the batters look to take the maximum amount of risk in these six deliveries. The bowler bowling the 20th over is under tremendous pressure because, on most occasions, he is either bowling to the well-set batters or the hard-hitting finishers in the 20th over.
Many batters have mastered the art of scoring runs in the 20th over of IPL matches. Scoring a six is the best way to contribute in the final over, and in this article today, we will look at the four players who have smashed the most sixes in the final over of IPL innings.
4. Hardik Pandya – 23 sixes in 20th over
One of the three Indian batters to appear on this list is Mumbai Indians all-rounder Hardik Pandya. The all-rounder has smashed the ball out of the park 23 times while batting in the last over of an IPL innings. Hardik has been a reliable finisher for the Mumbai Indians team in the Indian Premier League. He had been out of form for a while, but the Baroda-based star played a match-winning knock of 40 runs against the Punjab Kings recently.
3. Rohit Sharma – 23 sixes
Hardik Pandya’s IPL team captain Rohit Sharma is another player who has hit 23 maximums in the final over of his team’s IPL innings. Sharma started his IPL career at the Deccan Chargers back in the year 2008. After three seasons, he moved to the Mumbai Indians and has played for the same franchise since then. Rohit is popularly called the ‘Hitman’ and this stat proves why.
2. Kieron Pollard – 30 sixes in 20th over
Another Mumbai Indians star to feature on this list is Kieron Pollard. The Caribbean star holds the record for the most sixes by an overseas player in the final over of IPL innings. Pollard made his IPL debut for the Mumbai Indians in 2010 and is currently playing his 12th season for the team.
1. MS Dhoni – 50 sixes
Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni became the first player to smash 50 sixes in the last over of IPL innings yesterday against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Dhoni accomplished the feat by hitting a six off Siddarth Kaul’s bowling in the 20th over.