The Indian Premier League (IPL) is about to reach into its 7th edition and it promises to be yet another roller coaster ride of heart stopping and nerve wrecking encounters. Over the years the IPL has given us a lot in term of entertainment and some great cricketing memories to look up to. Here we take a look at some of the greatest innings in the IPL history, innings which have swung the game into the favor of their teams and have given a broken heart to the supporters of the other team.
David miller 101 vs. RCB IPL6: KXIP were chasing a total of 191 and were down and out when they were 64/4 in the tenth over. In comes David Miller and what followed was one of the best and probably the greatest T20 innings you will ever witness. He started off well but then provided a chance to the RCB team but Virat Kohli dropped a very easy catch inside the circle. From then onwards though it was all murder of about everything the RCB bowlers had to offer. The innings was so great and had such spark that the KXIP won the game in the 18th over, a game that looked lost at one point of time. Miller scored the 3rd fastest century in IPL history and probably the best one by a long margin. (Read: List of RCB Players Bought for IPL 7)
Virendra Sehwag 119 vs. DC IPL 5: Deccan chargers had not won a game at their home ground in a long long time and this one looked in their pocket because they had posted a target of 176 for the Delhi Daredevils and the DD team was in all sorts of trouble when they were 25/3 in the sixth over. The Chargers must have thought that the game was heading to a conclusion in their favor; the only problem with that idea was that Virendra Sehwag was in top form and was batting at the other end. Sehwag started murdering the Dc bowling, a bowling line up which boasted of Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra. Such was Sehwag dominance that he shared a partnership of 61 for the 4th wicket with Travis Birt of which Birt managed to score only 4 runs. (Read: List of DD Players Bought for IPL 7)
Manish Pandey 114 vs. DC IPL 2: This happened to be the First century by an Indian in the IPL and it came from the bat of a lesser known but highly talented Manish Pandey in conditions where many great batsmen failed to make a mark. You can imagine the greatness of this innings when you consider the fact that it was scored in South Africa in the second IPL, when the only other player to score a century was none Other than Ab De Villiers. Also it came against a bowling lineup which consisted of Ryan Harris and RP Singh, bowlers who were in good form in international cricket at that time and was in a crucial game which made sure that the RCB Qualified for the Semis.
Manvinder Bisla 89 vs. CSK IPL 5: This was the final match of the 5th edition of the IPL and CSK put up another amazing performance as they posted a total of 190 with the help of a brilliant innings from SK Raina. But that innings was bettered by Manvinder Bisla in the second innings as he along with Jacques Kallis took the Team home in the all important finals after losing the important wicket of Gautam Gambhir in the very first over. Bisla scored 89 runs of 48 deliveries and was adjudged the man of the match for his efforts.
AB de Villiers 47 vs. DC IPL 5: Of all the great innings that feature in this list, this is the lowest score of them all, but the importance and the excellence of this innings is in the same league as any other innings that features here. RCB needed 38 of 18 deliveries and they still had to face 2 overs of none other than Dale Steyn, a bowler who boasted of figures of 2-1-7-1 till that point of time. The only positive that you could see in the RCB team’s favor was that they had Ab De Villiers in the middle. That was all that was needed as De Villiers smashed Dale Steyn for 23 runs of the 18th over making sure that the game does not even goes to the last over.
Adam Gilchrist 85 vs. DD IPL 2: This innings was played in the semi finals of the Second edition of the IPL. It came against probably the best team in the tournament and was played in probably the toughest of the conditions. You could figure how great the innings was when you consider the fact that Gilchrist blasted Dirk Nannes for 5 boundaries of the very first over and Nannes was the most economical bowler of the tournament that year. By the time Gilchrest was dismissed in the 10th over he had already scored 85 runs which made sure that they reserve their place in the finals. The Deccan chargers then went on to win the tournament, a feat which looks very impressive considering that they were placed at the bottom in the first edition.
Chris Gayle 175 vs. PWI IPL 6: It was very hard to just choose one out of the four centuries that Gayle has made in the IPL as all are amazing in their own rights. But this innings makes this list because it takes destruction to a whole new level. Gayle smashed 17 sixes in this innings; he reached the 3 figure mark in just 30 deliveries and was the major force behind the record score of 263/5 that the RCB team managed to score. He was wrongly judged man of the match in this game though as that honor should have went to Bhuvaneshwar Kumar who managed to return with the figures of 4-0-23-0, an achievement considering the RR and the destruction that Gayle caused on this particular day.
There are many more such innings that have been incredible on many levels, but these few stand out the most. We hope that the IPL entertains us with one more incredible season of great cricket. After all it’s the “Entertainment ka Baap”