During the ninth match of the IPL 2021 between Mumbai Indians (MI) and SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) at Chennai, MI cricketer Kieron Pollard created a new history in the list of most IPL sixes for a team as he became the first non-RCB cricketer to hit 200 IPL sixes for a team.
On Saturday (17th April) evening, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma chose to bat first after winning the toss. The defending champions once again struggled in the tough batting pitch at Chennai despite getting a solid opening start (55 runs opening partnership between Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma).
Caribbean star Kieron Pollard came to bat in the fifth position when the five-time IPL winners were batting on 98/3 in 13.5 overs. While other late batsmen struggled in that first innings, Pollard scored a crucial 35 not out off 22 balls with the help of only four and 3 sixes as Mumbai Indians scored 150/5 (20 overs).
Before this match, Pollard already hit 198 IPL sixes, all for Mumbai Indians. After hitting a sixer in the 17th over to Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Pollard ended the first innings with two back-to-back sixes to Bhuvneshwar Kumar which were his 200th and 201st IPL sixes for Mumbai Indians.
Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli are the only other batsmen who have hit 200+ IPL sixes for a team but all of them achieved those feats for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). So, Pollard became the first non-RCB cricketer to reach this milestone.
In the list of most sixes in the IPL history for a team, MS Dhoni is currently in the fifth position as he has hit 186 sixes for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the IPL history.
Top 5 batsmen with most IPL sixes for a team
|Player||Team||Number of IPL sixes|
|Chris Gayle||Royal Challengers Bangalore||239|
|AB de Villiers||Royal Challengers Bangalore||224|
|Virat Kohli||Royal Challengers Bangalore||201|
|Kieron Pollard||Mumbai Indians||201|
|MS Dhoni||Chennai Super Kings||186|
Kieron Pollard became the sixth batsman to hit 200 sixes in IPL history
In the meantime, while Kieron Pollard also completed his 200 IPL sixes as he has hit 201 sixes in his IPL career, he has become the sixth batsman to hit 200 or more sixes in IPL history. Meanwhile, after Caribbean cricketer Chris Gayle and South African cricketer AB de Villiers, Pollard became the third overseas cricketer to hit 200 or more sixes in his IPL career.
Batsmen with 200 IPL sixes
|Player||Nationality||Number of IPL sixes|
|AB de Villiers||South African||237|