Bangalore, May 19: Indian Premier League 5 is drawing to a close. But the big sixes will continue to rain in the remaining few matches. And on Saturday, the 3,000th six of the Indian Premier League came off the bat of a Kings XI Punjab player.
Siddharth Chitnis hit Delhi Daredevils' bowler Irfan Pathan for a six in Dharamsala to bring up IPL's 3,000th six.
Earlier, till Friday night, across five edition of this Twenty20 league, 2,999 sixes were hit with two-time champions Chennai Super Kings on top of the pile with 426 hits over the boundary.
The first match of Saturday will see Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils in action in Dharamsala. One of the batsmen from these two teams will get the honour of hitting the 3,000th six.
This year has also seen the most number of sixes when compared to last four seasons. The number stands at 647 after Friday's games in IPL 5. It might cross 700 by the time the final ball is bowled in Chennai on May 27.
In 2011, 639 were on view while the next highest were in 2008 with 622. In 2010, there were 585 and 506 in 2009.
After CSK, Royal Challengers Bangalore are second with 409 sixes, followed by Deccan Chargers (395).
Kings XI Punjab have scored 344, closely followed by Mumbai Indians (333). Delhi Daredevils have contributed 318 and Rajasthan Royals (309) have also crossed the 300-six mark.
Kolkata Knight Riders (294), Pune Warriors (118) and the defunct Kochi Tuskers Kerala (53) are the bottom three in terms of six-hitting.
When you think of a six, your mind tends to think Chris Gayle. The tall Jamaican left-hander, who plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore, has already crossed 100 sixes in IPL history.
At the moment, Gayle is the leader in IPL 5 with 57. He is also the highest run scorer with 706 runs. Of these, 342 runs have come, courtesy sixes.
The second best in the six-hitter list of IPL 5 are Cameron White (Deccan Chargers) and Kevin Pietersen (Delhi Daredevis) with 20 each. Next is Delhi captain Virender Sehwag with 19.
Sixes and boundaries are the shots which attract crowds to the grounds and also viewers on television. IPL is all about the big shots and after the 3,000th six is confirmed on Saturday, there will be many more to come.
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