Best IPL innings of all-time: Ranking the top 5

Best IPL innings of all-time: Suresh Raina's 87.

Greatest Indian Premier League knocks ever

Between 2008 and 2020, the Indian Premier League has seen some extraordinary knocks played by batsmen. Be it in a losing cause or a winning cause, they have thrilled audiences all over the globe. In this article, we will be exploring the top 5 best IPL innings of all-time. These have been judged on their impact, strike rate and quality of stroke-play.

So, which innings make our top 5?

AB de Villiers 79 of 47 balls vs Gujarat Lions in Qualifier 1 of IPL 2016

RCB were in trouble. It was clear that they were not going to win this qualifier. 29-5 chasing 159. It was not going to happen.

In walk AB de Villiers. “MR 360” had been watching his partners fall from the other end and boded his time before opening his shoulders. A cool and calm approach. Arguably his best innings ever.

He had great support from Stuart Binny and Iqbal Abdulla, which took the pressure off him to score at the start. As the partnership began to grew, the boundaries flourished from AB de Villiers’ bat and there was little any of the Gujarat Lions players could do about it.

An amazing innings in a high-pressure situation.

AB de Villiers’s 79 of 47 is “Number one on our list of best IPL innings of all-time.”

Suresh Raina 87 of 25 balls vs Kings XI Punjab in Qualifier 2 of IPL 2014

Despite not ending up on the winning side, Suresh Raina can be mighty proud off his performance against the Kings XI Punjab. In fact, had it not been for a run-out, CSK would probably have won.

Raina rampaged during the power play to take CSK to 100-1. He tore through Pawinder Awana. 30 runs off the over. Shots through the off-side, leg-side and down the ground. Raina was belligerent.

Chasing north of 200 to win, it was a very tough ask with the run rate steep from the start. In just the power play, Raina changed the entire momentum of the game. Scoring 87 from four overs and one ball is not a joke. Superb effort.

Suresh Raina’s 87 of 25 balls is “Number two on our list of best IPL innings of all-time.”


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Chris Gayle 175 of 66 balls vs Pune Warriors India in IPL 2013

Still the highest score in the history of the Indian Premier League. Chris Gayle destroyed all of the Pune Warriors India bowlers that day, apart from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. So much so that, that the franchise is now defunct.

175 from just 66 balls on paper is too good to be true. And that is exactly what it was. Ball-hitting off the highest-calibre, Gayle was on unstoppable form. Rahul Sharma bore the brunt off the attack, going for five sixes in an over.

Chris Gayle’s 175 of 66 is “Number three on our list of best IPL innings of all-time.”

David Miller 101 of 38 balls vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2013

“I’ll say it again.”

“I’ll say it again.”

“It’s David Miller time.”

Pommie Mbangwa’s voice rang out in Mohali that day. Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers both scored half-centuries but it was the southpaw who shone brightest. A thrilling 101 from just 38 balls took the Kings XI Punjab to a quite sensational victory, with two overs to spare.

Anything that was in the arc went out of the park. Miller was on song, hitting the ball clean as a whistle down the ground. He also showed great finesse and touch to find delicate boundaries square of the wicket and with the pull shot.

David Miller’s 101 of 38 is “Number four on our list of best IPL innings of all-time.”


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Virender Sehwag 122 of 58 balls vs Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2014

Despite scoring 455 runs in the 2014 IPL, Sehwag only scored one century and one half-century. A lot of times he was dismissed after quick starts. His strike rate of 144 overall was strong but on a crazy night in Mumbai he upped his game massively.

Sehwag stepped up in the big game in some style. His belligerent 58 ball 122 propelled the Kings XI Punjab to the IPL 2014 final. Both spinners and pacers felt the wrath of his bat and it was vintage Virender Sehwag.

He overshadowed the two stars of the season – Glenn Maxwell and David Miller, both of whom came in at a later stage. Miller, though, did strike an important 38 of 19 balls to help finish off the innings.

Sehwag’s 122 of 58 balls is “Number five on our list of best IPL innings of all-time.”

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