Shane Watson of the Sydney Thunder celebrates after taking the wicket of Melbourne Stars' Marcus Stoinis during the T20 Big Bash League cricket final between the Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne on January 24, 2016. THEO KARANIKOS/AFP/Getty Images

There have been a staggering 65 centuries in IPL history, with some of them downright outrageous by the biggest hitters on the planet.

From Chris Gayle’s record-breaking 175 not out in 2013, to some of our own Australian stars going past three figures, it’s a feat which is extremely difficult to achieve in the shortest form of the sport.

Gayle himself holds the record for the most IPL centuries with six, meaning he has scored just over one out of every 11 centuries in T20 cricket’s richest competition.

Indian captain - although recently standing down from that job in the shortest form of the game - sits second with five centuries, while Australian duo, retired all-rounder Shane Watson and opening batsman David Warner round out the podium, the duo tied on four centuries.

But what are the best of the best when it comes to centuries? The game-winning performances which fans all around the world still go back and watch to this day?

Here is our top-five countdown.


5. Brendon McCullum, 2008

The very first IPL game saw New Zealand’s former wicketkeeper and captain tonk one of the biggest centuries in T20 history.

McCullum, who was playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders, will forever be remembered as the man who launched the IPL, scoring 158 from just 73 balls for the Kolkata Knight Riders against the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Kolkata would go on to miss the finals in that opening season with McCullum's form falling away, but that special innings in Bangalore will forever be known as the moment which launched the IPL.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 20: Brendon McCullum of the Heat bats during the T20 Big Bash League match between the Brisbane Heat and the Melbourne Stars at The Gabba on December 20, 2011 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

The Kiwi's innings included ten fours and 13 sixes, going along at a strike rate of 216.43. He scored well over 50 per cent of his teams 222 total, before the bowling attack held the Rahul Dravid-captained Bangalore team to just 82.

Interestingly enough, Australian Michael Hussey would be the second century-maker the following day as the Chennai Super Kings ran up 240, with another six games then being played before another century was hit, this time by Andrew Symonds.