175 is considered a par score in T20 cricket. However, if one batsman goes on to make 175 by himself, it is a gargantuan score in the shortest format of the game. Chris Gayle had gone berserk in 2013 IPL season against Pune Warriors. The combative southpaw had scored a blistering undefeated knock of 175 off just 66 balls. That’s correct he scored his runs at a rocket strike rate of 265.15.
The pugnacious batsman jackhammered 13 fours and 17 sixes. Thus, he scored 154 runs in just boundaries. Consequently, it is not going to be a cakewalk to go past Gayle’s mountain of runs. He was in the zone that day and Pune Warriors bowlers were helpless against his onslaught.
Meanwhile, we take a look at the top ten batsmen who have the skills to surpass Chris Gayle’s 175 in IPL 2019.
Here are the ten batsmen who can go past Gayle’s 175:
Rohit Sharma has the penchant for scoring daddy hundreds. He is the only International batsman who has scored three double hundreds and has scored four T20I hundred – which is the most by any. Sharma has the skills to hit the ground running and he can catapult his attack on the opposition from the get-go.
In fact, Rohit Sharma had scored 118 off just 43 balls against Sri Lanka in the Indore T20I in 2017. Everyone thought at one stage that the Indian opener could go on to make a double hundred in the shortest format of the game.
Rohit Sharma relies on timing and he can clear the ropes with ease. Sharma has played 173 IPL matches in which he has scored 4493 runs.
AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers has retired from the International circuit but he has still got the power in his arms. The Proteas talisman batsman can get going from the word go and he is like a nightmare for any bowler.
de Villiers can play all across the ground and thus he was named as 360 Degree batsman. The linchpin can come up with most arduous shots in the game. In fact, he has the skills to execute those shots with perfection. AB has played 141 IPL matches in which he has amassed 3953 runs at an average of 39.53. In fact, de Villiers scores his runs at a blistering strike rate of 150.94 in the IPL.
Martin Guptill has a double hundred to his name as he scored a fine knock of 237 in the 2015 World Cup against West Indies. The right-hander was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League auctions.
Martin Guptill doesn’t have a lot of IPL experience as he has played only 10 matches in the league thus far. However, he is a batsman to look out for as he can score his runs in a jiffy. Guptill has a great record in the shortest version of the game as he is second highest leading run-getter in the T20I format. The Kiwis opener has collected 2272 runs in 76 matches.
Australia’s David Warner is going to get back into the IPL after serving his suspension. The southpaw batsman has a great record while playing in the T20 extravaganza and he would like to make a solid return to the game.
In fact, it is not going to be easy for Warner to straight away find his Midas Touch. However, there is no denying the fact that the left-hander is a world class player. Warner has scored 4014 runs in 114 IPL matches and also took Sunrisers Hyderabad to the IPL crown in 2016 season.
The combative southpaw has a staggering average of 40.55 and scores his runs at an impressive strike rate of 142.14 in the IPL matches.
Jos Buttler has the skills to bat long. The attacking right-hander had scored five back to back fifties in the previous season the IPL. Thus, he was instrumental in taking Rajasthan Royals to the playoff stages.
In fact, Buttler was able to turn the tables when he batted at top of the order for the Royals. Buttler can make most of the powerplay conditions to get maximum runs for his team. The wicketkeeper-batsman has an immaculate record in the IPL. The right-hander has scored 1075 runs in 37 matches at an average of 34.68. Most importantly, Buttler scores his runs at a stellar strike rate of 150.56.
Rishabh Pant was the second highest run-getter of the IPL 2018. The southpaw batsman accumulated 684 runs at a staggering strike rate of 173.60 and at an average of 52.61. The left-hander has all the shots in his repertoire. In fact, the Delhi Capitals batsman likes to hit the ground running from the get-go. He is kind of batsman who aims to catapult his attack on the opposition bowlers as soon as he arrives at the crease.
The left-hander has scored 1248 runs in 38 IPL matches. He has an aggressive batting approach as he bats with a strike rate of 162.71 in IPL matches. Pant had scored a blistering knock of 128 runs in the previous season.
Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock will represent Mumbai Indians in the upcoming season of the IPL. de Kock had a quiet season for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2018 in which he scored 201 runs in eight matches. However, the southpaw batsman will be determined to turn the tables in IPL 2019.
de Kock is known for his pyrotechnics and he can demolish any bowling line-up on his day. The southpaw batsman will like to be at the top of his game in the upcoming season of the IPL. de Kock has collected 927 runs in 34 IPL matches as he has scored his runs at a strike rate of 130.38.
New Zealand’s Colin Munro has the skills to bat a long inning in T20 cricket. Munro has three T20I hundreds in the shortest format. However, the Kiwis southpaw batsman could not get going in the previous season of the league. The left-hander could only score 63 runs in five matches of the previous season of the league.
Meanwhile, the combative Blackcaps opener will like to deliver the goods for Delhi Capitals. Munro hasn’t played a lot of IPL but he can come up with his piece de resistance. The southpaw batsman has a strike rate of 162 in the T20I format as he has scored 1411 runs in 52 matches.
Shane Watson was at his best in the previous season of the IPL. The veteran batsman also scored a fine hundred in the final of the IPL 2018. Watson scored 555 runs in 15 matches of the edition. The Chennai Super Kings all-rounder scored his runs at a strike rate of 154.59.
In fact, Watson also scored a hundred in the recently concluded Big Bash League while leading Sydney Thunder. Watson has scored 3177 runs in 122 IPL matches as he has scored his runs at a strike rate of 141.02.
Shreyas Iyer has attracted the eyeballs with his blistering batting. The right-hander scored the highest score by an Indian batsman in T20 cricket in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy against Sikkim. Iyer clobbered 147 runs off just 55 balls as he took the opposition bowler to the cleaners.
Meanwhile, Iyer also had a good previous season while playing for Delhi Capitals. He scored 411 runs in 14 matches at an average of 37.36. Iyer has scored 1218 runs in 46 IPL matches.