IPL 2020 : Raining sixes as IPL 2020 currently leading the race of average sixes per game

Ever since the inception of the Indian Premier League, it has been a sixes fest as was evident from the very first match in 2008 between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore. McCullum hit an unbeaten 158 comprising 13 sixes as is set the precedent for the future editions of the IPL.

But the ’Sixes Fest’ in Dream11 IPL 2020 is something special. The average no of sixes per match kept in IPL 2020 is the highest in the IPL history. Though the season currently is just 14 matches old but IPL 2020 is currently averaging 14.83 SIXES per game. This is the highest average of SIXES per game in the IPL history.

On completed season basis, IPL 2018 is hailed as the season which saw maximum number of sixes in the tournament with 872 sixes. This resulted in average of 14.53 sixes per game. But IPL 2020 is on the road of bettering the record as in the first 14 matches the average sixes per game has risen to 14.83.

Here is the season wise average of sixes hit per match

2008 619 10.72
2009 442 8.88
2010 582 9.75
2011 638 8.75
2012 727 9.75
2013 674 8.84
2014 714 11.9
2015 692 11.73
2016 638 10.63
2017 705 11.95
2018 872 14.53
2019 784 13.07
*2020 —— 14.83

*Stat is updated only till 14th match of IPL 2020

IPL 11 saw the highest no of sixes in a single IPL season

The IPL season where the most number of sixes was hit was IPL season 11 played in the year 2018, this season saw 872 sixes. Returning to the IPL after completing their two-year suspension period, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) won their third IPL trophy by winning the IPL 2018 trophy. This season saw 60 matches being played. Which meant on an average almost 15 sixes were hit every match. Whereas the sixes tally was led by the Indian youngster Rishabh Pant, who hit 37 sixes in 14 innings, making it almost 3 sixes per match alone.

The 2nd highest number of sixes hit in a season of IPL is in 2019, in this season there were 784 sixes hit in all. Mumbai Indians (MI) created a new record in IPL 2019 by winning this trophy for the fourth time. Meanwhile, Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) cricketer Andre Russell won the Maximum Sixes Award of IPL 2019 after hitting 52 sixes in this season.

IPL 2020 Sixes Fest : Big reason, limited grounds and Sharjah’s smaller boundary

Since only three stadiums are hosting the games, the teams have a good idea about the nature of the tracks by now. That knowledge will only grow in the upcoming games, which could mean more sixes being hit.

However, the number of sixes hit on a ground is also directly proportional of course to the size of the ground.

The stadium in Sharjah for instance has a smaller playing area and a flatter pitch. It was tagged as the most batting friendly venue ahead of the IPL and in just two matches played at this ground so far, there have been 62 sixes that have been hit here.

IPL 2020 sixes stat and venue-wise average
Only 10 IPL matches have been played so far and the glittering tournament has already witnessed 153 sixes (till the RCB vs MI match on Monday).  The league kicked off with a mouth-watering clash between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians and nine sixes were hit in the IPL 2020 opener. The highest was hit between CSK and RR wich saw a total of 33 sixes.

Sharjah Cricket Stadium (Sharjah) – 2 matches, 62 sixes, Avg – 31 sixes per match so far

Sheikh Zayed Stadium (Abu Dhabi) – 3 matches, 33 sixes, Avg – 11 sixes per match so far

Dubai International Cricket Stadium (Dubai) – 5 matches, 58 sixes, Avg – 11.6 sixes per match so far.