IPL 2019: With the IPL about a week to go, the battle will start right away as three big names in Indian cricket battle it out to become the first to 200 sixes in IPL history. The three big names in this race are MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, and Suresh Raina. All the three cricketers are successful, be it international cricket or IPL. Dhoni is at the top of the tree with 186 sixes from 175 matches, whereas Raina (185), Rohit (184) inches away from the former India skipper. It will be extremely interesting to see who gets there first, all the three stalwarts are capable of clearing any Indian grounds.Also Read - #WorldSportsJournalistsDay: Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Suresh Raina Lead Wishes on Sports Journalists Day

It is Chris Gayle who was the first cricketer in IPL to breach the 200-sixes-mark. He has hit a staggering 292 sixes from 112 IPL games which is exactly how the KXIP cricketer likes to operate. Gayle is way ahead in the leaderboard as Dhoni is in the second spot, tied with AB de Villiers (they are 106 sixes behind the leader). Also Read - IND vs ENG: Cricket Fraternity Lavishes Praise On Rishabh Pant's Knock Against England; See Reactions

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Meanwhile, Raina has not played international cricket compared to Rohit and Dhoni who have been on the road for Team India. But given the reputation the three cricketers have, anyone can get there first all the three have been IPL stars for years. Dhoni would be leading the title defense of Chennai Super Kings in the upcoming season starting March 23. Chennai Super Kings will play the tournament opener against Royal Challengers Bangalore which is pitted to be a humdinger.

With the World Cup around the corner, it will be a great opportunity for Rohit and Dhoni to oil their machine well before the big tournament.