SRH vs PBKS: Abhishek Sharma breaks Virat Kohli's IPL record

The 23-year-old from Punjab has scored 466 runs from 13 matches

By Web Desk
May 19, 2024
Abhishek Sharma. - BCCI 

Sunrisers Hyderabad opener Abhishek Sharma claimed the record for most sixes hit by an Indian in an IPL season during the IPL 2024 encounter against Punjab Kings in Hyderabad.

With 41 sixes in the 2024 edition, the Punjab batter surpassed the record held by Virat Kohli, who had managed 38 sixes for the Royal Challengers Bengaluru in 2016.

Most sixes by an Indian batter in an IPL season:

41 - Abhishek Sharma (SRH, 2024)

38 - Virat Kohli (RCB, 2016)

37 - Rishabh Pant (DC, 2018)

37 - Virat Kohli (RCB, 2024)

35 - Shivam Dube (CSK, 2023)

The 23-year-old from Punjab was eventually dismissed for 66 off 28 balls by Shashank Singh. Sharma is 16th on the list of most successful batters of IPL 2024 with 466 runs from 13 matches at an average of just over 42. This was his third fifty of the season, which came in just 21 balls.

SRH are chasing 215 runs for victory after Punjab Kings posted 214 for 5 on the board, thanks to opener Prabhsimran Singh's 71.

A win for SRH will see them clinch second place from Rajasthan Royals, who will be facing Kolkata Knight Riders in their final league match later on Sunday evening.

Playing XIs

SRH: Abhishek Sharma, Rahul Tripathi, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Nitish Kumar Reddy, Abdul Samad, Shahbaz Ahmed, Sanvir Singh, Pat Cummins (c), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth.

Impact players: Umran Malik, Jaydev Unadkat, Travis Head, Glenn Phillips, Washington Sundar.

PBKS: Prabhsimran Singh, Atharva Taide, Rilee Rossouw, Shashank Singh, Shivam Singh, Ashutosh Sharma, Jitesh Sharma (c & wk), Rishi Dhawan, Harpreet Brar, Harshal Patel, Rahul Chahar.

Impact players: Arshdeep Singh, Tanay Thyagarajan, Vidwath Kaverappa, Harpreet Bhatia.

It must be noted that the four teams have been confirmed that will feature in the IPL 2024 playoffs after Royal Challengers Bengaluru defeated Chennai Super Kings by 27 runs in a virtual knockout fixture.

RCB finished the round stage with 14 points and will now play Eliminator against Rajasthan Royals or Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Meanwhile, Kolkata Knight Riders have been booked to play Qualifier 1 after they bagged 19 points in the 13 games.

RR and SRH will battle for the Qualifier 1 spot on the last day of the league stage. SRH are scheduled to play Punjab Kings in the opening fixture of the day while RR play KKR later in the night.

If SRH win, they will hope RR to lose but if they can’t beat PBKS, Sanju Samson’s Rajasthan will play KKR in Qualifier 1 on May 21.