SRH vs RR: Travis Head scripts history, breaks Adam Gilchrist's long-standing record as he completes 400 powerplay runs in IPL 2024

Updated - 24 May 2024, 08:36 PM

Travis Head
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Travis Head has been in stunning form in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). His form is one of the reasons why Sunrisers Hyderabad have performed so well this season.

Having finished at the bottom of the points table last year, the Hyderabad-based outfit qualified for the playoffs this season and can go all the way if they manage to win two more games. Travis Head has led the charge with the bat for SRH in his comeback season in the IPL.

He had not played in the tournament since 2017 and has announced his return in style. No batter has scored more runs than him for SRH this season. Overall, Travis Head is the fourth leading run-scorer in IPL 2024 behind Virat Kohli and Ruturaj Gaikwad. Before the ongoing second qualifier against Sunrisers Hyderabad, he had scored an impressive 533 runs in 13 games with the help of one century and four fifties.

Travis Head creates history:

Travis Head, on Friday (May 24), created history by breaking the legendary Adam Gilchrist's long-standing record of hitting the maximum number of boundaries in the powerplay in a season. Gilchrist had hit a staggering 72 boundaries in the powerplay in 2009 when he led the now-defunct Deccan Chargers to their maiden IPL title.

After that, only two players managed to touch the 70-boundary mark but none of them could go past Gilchrist's record before Head created history. In 2016, David Warner became only the second player to reach the 70-boundary mark in the powerplay. The Australia star had also hit 72 boundaries that season while leading Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Later, Yashasvi Jaiswal hit 70 boundaries in IPL 2023. And in the ongoing season, Head went to the top of the list by hitting his 73rd boundary. He achieved the feat during the second qualifier against Rajasthan Royals. The southpaw also became only the second player after David Warner to score 400 runs in the powerplay in a season.

Most runs in the powerplay in an IPL edition
467 - David Warner, 2016 (SR: 150.16)
402 - Travis Head, 2024 (SR: 209.37)*
382 - Adam Gilchrist, 2009 (SR: 165.36)
374 - Jos Buttler, 2022 (SR: 133.57)
373 - Virat Kohli, 2024 (SR: 161.47)

Talking about the game, SRH were on 104 for 4 in the 12th over at the time of writing this report. Head got the start but failed to convert it into a big score and was out for 34. The winner of the ongoing game will play against Kolkata Knight Riders in the final on Sunday (May 26).