Abhishek Sharma Blasts Past Kohli’s Record with Six-Hitting Machine

On Sunday, Abhishek Sharma from Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) was another example to the young breed of IPL players by entering into the annals of IPL history. It was in the last league stage match of his team against Punjab Kings (PBKS) that Sharma surpassed Virat Kohli ‘s record of most sixes scored by an Indian player in that IPL season.

Sharma’s Power-Packed Knock

Having scored 215 for the loss of five while bowling, PBKS, SRH want to give themselves the best chance of being in the game early on. Come, Abhishek Sharma grabbing the bowling scalps with both hands. The left-handed batsman showed his carnage in the last over of the powerplay against Rishi Dhawan by absolutely thrashing the ball for a six over the long on. This massive over got more than SRH’s chase underway but also heralded a significant record for Sharma.

The opener’s breakthrough came in the sixth over of the SRH’s pursuit. As the situation demands, Sharma went on the rampage, especially against Rishi Dhawan, in order to force the pace for his team. He then hit a delivery which landed and went deep over the long-on for a maximum. This mighty hit not only gave him crucial runs on the board but also took his tally of sixes in the season to 39 while continuing the previous record holder Virat Kohli’s 38 sixes in the Indian Premier League for 2016.

Breaking Kohli’s Record

That six took Sharma’s six hitting total to 39 in the 2024 IPL campaign, which was a record-high for any player, going past the tally of Virat Kohli. Kohli, interestingly, had achieved this feat in 2016 while serving the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), which found him scoring as many as 38 sixes en route a monumental total of 973 in the tournament.