IPL 2020: Scoring 50s at 40, Chris Gayle enters record books

Overall, only three batsmen have managed to score 50+ runs in an innings after the age of 40. Rahul Dravid did it four times, Gilchrist twice, and now Gayle.

Kings XI Punjab batsman Chris Gayle in action in IPL 2020.   -  BCCI/IPL


Chris Gayle’s age when he made 53 in 45 balls for Kings XI Punjab against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Sharjah on October 15, making him the second oldest to score 50 or more runs in an innings in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The oldest remains Australian Adam Gilchrist, who made 85 for the same team against the same opponent in Bangalore in 2013. Overall, only three batsman have managed to score 50 runs or more in an innings after the age of 40. Rahul Dravid did it four times, Gilchrist twice, and now Gayle has done it once.

Batsmen with 50-plus scores after the age of 40

41 years, 181 daysAdam Gilchrist85*Kings XI PunjabRoyal Challengers BangaloreBangalore2013Won
41 years, 24 daysChris Gayle53Kings XI PunjabRoyal Challengers BangaloreSharjah2020Won
40 years, 185 daysAdam Gilchrist64*Kings XI PunjabChennai Super KingsDharamsala2012Won
40 years, 116 daysRahul Dravid53Rajasthan RoyalsDelhi DaredevilsJaipur2013Won
40 years, 114 daysRahul Dravid58Rajasthan RoyalsPune Warriors IndiaJaipur2013Won
40 years, 90 daysRahul Dravid54Rajasthan RoyalsPune Warriors IndiaPune2013Lost
40 years, 85 daysRahul Dravid65Rajasthan RoyalsDelhi DaredevilsDelhi2013Won

Rahul Dravid in Rajasthan Royals jersey.   -  S. Subramanium



The number of matches played by M. S. Dhoni in the IPL, thus making him the first to reach this historic landmark.

First to reach landmark matches in the IPL

Match No.Player(s)TeamAchieved onOpponentVenue
50Suresh Raina, S. BadrinathChennai Super KingsApril 18, 2011Kochi Tuskers KeralaKochi
100Suresh RainaChennai Super KingsApril 18, 2014Kings XI PunjabAbu Dhabi
150+Suresh RainaChennai Super Kings/Gujarat LionsApril 14, 2017Rising Pune SupergiantRajkot
200#M. S. DhoniChennai Super Kings/Rising Pune SupergiantOctober 19, 2020Rajasthan RoyalsAbu Dhabi

Note: The only occasion where the players above were involved in a winning cause was at Rajkot!

+ Raina was playing his 18th match for Gujarat Lions after appearing in 132 IPL games for CSK.

# It was Dhoni’s 170th match for CSK. He appeared in 30 games for RPS.

Players appearing in the most IPL matches

MatchesPlayerSpanTeam (matches)
201M. S. Dhoni2008-20Chennai Super Kings (171), Rising Pune Supergiant (30)
197Rohit Sharma2008-20Deccan Chargers (45), Mumbai Indians (152)
193Suresh Raina2008-19Chennai Super Kings (164), Gujarat Lions (29)
192Dinesh Karthik2008-20Delhi Daredevils (56), Kings XI Punjab (14), Mumbai Indians (36), Royal Challengers Bangalore (16), Gujarat Lions (30), Kolkata Knight Riders (40)
187Virat Kohli2008-20Royal Challengers Bangalore (187)


The number of back-to-back centuries scored by Shikhar Dhawan – all inside three days – after going through his entire Twenty20 and IPL career till then without a single three-figure score. His unbeaten 101 for Delhi Capitals came against Chennai Super Kings in Sharjah on October 17 in his 268th match and 265th innings in T20 cricket; it was his 168th match and 167th innings in the IPL. Dhawan took 4,564 days (12 years, five months and 28 days) to register his maiden IPL century – the longest by any batsman in terms of matches, innings and days, surpassing previous record-holders Virat Kohli and Mayank Agarwal.

Longest wait for a maiden IPL century (in terms of days)

DaysBatsmanAchieved onTeamInnings
4,564Shikhar DhawanOctober 17, 2020Delhi Capitals265
3,459Mayank AgarwalSeptember 27, 2020Kings XI Punjab75
2,983Ambati RayuduMay 13, 2018Chennai Super Kings119
2,928Virat KohliApril 24, 2016Royal Challengers Bangalore120
2,235Wriddhiman SahaJune 1, 2014Kings XI Punjab44
2,190K. L. RahulApril 10, 2019Kings XI Punjab51


Longest wait for a maiden IPL century (in terms of innings)

InningsBatsmanAchieved onTeamDays
167Shikhar DhawanOctober 17, 2020Delhi Capitals4564
120Virat KohliApril 24, 2016Royal Challengers Bangalore2,928
119Ambati RayuduMay 13, 2018Chennai Super Kings2,983
88Suresh RainaMay 2, 2013Chennai Super Kings1,839
75Mayank AgarwalSeptember 27, 2020Kings XI Punjab3,459
71Rohit SharmaMay 12, 2012Mumbai Indians1,483


The percentage of runs made by Shikhar Dhawan – while scoring his second successive century (106*) – against Kings XI Punjab in Dubai on October 20 is now the fifth highest among opening batsmen while batting the entire 20 overs of his team’s innings.

Opening batsmen monopolising the team total after playing the full quota of 20 overs

Percentage of runsBatsmanRuns (total)TeamOpponentVenueYearResult
71.17Brendon McCullum158* (222/3)Kolkata Knight RidersRoyal Challengers BangaloreBangalore2008Won
67.06Manish Pandey114* (170/4)Royal Challengers BangaloreDeccan ChargersCenturion2009Won
66.54Chris Gayle175* (263/5)Royal Challengers BangalorePune Warriors IndiaBangalore2013Won
66.43K. L. Rahul95* (143/7)Kings XI PunjabRajasthan RoyalsJaipur2018Lost
64.63Shikhar Dhawan106* (164/5)Delhi CapitalsKings XI PunjabDubai2020Lost


The second-highest score by a Delhi Capitals batsman in the innings in Dubai when Shikhar Dhawan made his second consecutive IPL century. The ratio between the highest and second-highest scores in this innings was 7.57, which is the third-best in the tournament’s history.

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Highest ratio between top two individual scores in the same innings of an IPL match

RatioHighest scoreSecond-highest scoreTeamOpponentVenueYearResult
8.64K. L. Rahul (95*)Marcus Stoinis (11)Kings XI PunjabRajasthan RoyalsJaipur2018Lost
7.90Brendon McCullum (158*)Ricky Ponting (20)Kolkata Knight RidersRoyal Challengers BangaloreBangalore2008Won
7.57Shikhar Dhawan (106*)Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (14)Delhi CapitalsKings XI PunjabDubai2020Lost


The wicketkeeper-bowler dismissal combination of Rishabh Pant and Kagiso Rabada is now the best in IPL cricket.

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Most dismissals by wicketkeeper-bowler pairs in the IPL

18Rishabh PantKagiso RabadaDelhi Capitals25
15M. S. DhoniDwayne BravoChennai Super Kings100
13Wriddhiman SahaSandeep SharmaKings XI Punjab/Sunrisers Hyderabad65
10Dinesh KarthikAndre RussellDelhi Daredevils/Kolkata Knight Riders48
10Naman OjhaBhuvneshwar KumarSunrisers Hyderabad57
10M. S. DhoniShardul ThakurChennai Super Kings/Rising Pune Supergiant41


Kolkata Knight Riders’ total for the loss of eight wickets in 20 overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Abu Dhabi on 21 October 21 is now the lowest total by any IPL team without being dismissed after playing the full quota of 20 overs.

Teams scoring less than 100 runs in 20 overs without getting all-out

84/8Kolkata Knight RidersRoyal Challengers BangaloreAbu Dhabi2020
92/8Kings XI PunjabChennai Super KingsDurban2009
94/8Mumbai IndiansRajasthan RoyalsJaipur2011
95/9Kings XI PunjabChennai Super KingsChennai2015
96/9Royal Challengers BangaloreRising Pune SupergiantPune2017
99/9Pune Warriors IndiaKings XI PunjabPune2013

Note: All the above teams lost the game.

All records are complete and updated up to October 23, 2020.

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