Cricket, over the years, has been subjected to monumental changes. Now a days with the advent of T20 cricket, hitting a six has become one of the essential commodities of the new age cricket.
Previously players never used to focus on clearing the ropes but the new age has seen some audacious cricket shots where the batsman has made mockery of bowlers.
Hitting sixes have become a major part of international cricket these days. There have been many iconic and memorable sixes in cricket history. But very few of them have actually resembled the word monstrous.
Here we have a look at some of the longest sixes in international cricket.
#8. MS Dhoni (112m)
Over the years, MS Dhoni has been an actual beast with the bat. The fact that he’s hit some of the most iconic sixes gives clear evidence of his domination in his heydays.
With 13 required in a nail-biter vs Australia, Dhoni pulled out this nasty 112 meter six and later won the match for India, a thing he’s done many a times.
The fact that the ball landed on the roof of the Adelaide Oval is no joke and gave us a glimpse of the sheer power possessed by the stylish wicketkeeper batsman.
#7. Ijaz Ahmed (115m)
India-Pakistan games in cricket have a different fanbase. Players who perform in these matches become instant heroes for their respective countries.
In 1999, the stage was stage for a high voltage match between the neighbouring countries. The match, later, was also remembered for Ahmed’s pyrotechnics.
Only two sixes were hit in the match and both came off the bat of Ijaz Ahmed.
One of them was off a young Virender Sehwag. Ahmed hammered the ball so hard that the ball sailed and covered a distance of about 115 meters.
#6. Chris Gayle (116m)
Honestly, we did expect the big Jamaican in the list. For a start no player has breached the 100m mark as frequently as Gayle. Such has been his power, dominance and strokeplay.
The incident happened in a T20 World Cup match between India and West Indies. Gayle was in his usual destructive form in the match and the highlight of the match was when he hammered Yusuf Pathan for a huge six which was later measured to be 116m.
No wonder Gayle has the most number of sixes in international cricket.
#5. Yuvraj Singh (115m)
The sixer king from India was certainly a treat to watch when in full flow.
Over the years, he’s given testimonies of the fact that hitting sixes is not a big deal for him.
In the very same tournament in which he hit six sixes in a over, Yuvraj also hit a gargantuan 120m six off Bret Lee.
It happened in a league game vs Australia where Yuvraj demolished the Australian attack with a 30 ball 70 and also launched one of the most audacious hits of the tournament.
#4. Corey Anderson (122m)
That Corey Anderson was a highly talented bloke was evident by his dashing century against West Indies where he broke Afridi’s long standing record of the fastest century in international cricket.
However, bad form took a roll on him and he found himself out of the side very often.
It was when India toured New Zealand when Anderson showed his brute strength and hit Md. Shami for a 122 meter six over long on, a shot applauded by everyone on the ground.
#3. Martin Guptill (127m)
New Zealand were chasing a target of 147 when “Two-Toe” Guptill launched one of the longest six in international cricket.
The dashing opener hit a Lonwabo Tsotsobe ball and the ball travelled 127 meters, something gigantic even by Guptill’s standards.
#2. Bret Lee (135m)
The most surprising name on the list is one of Australia’s own darling boys.
In 1999, a relatively young tearsome pacer, Lee did something outrageous even by his standards.
Australia were facing West Indies at the Gabba when Lee theacked a Rovman Powell delivery for a colossal hit of 135 metres which crossed the stadium and landed in the parking lot.
#1. Shahid Afridi (unofficial) (158m)
Shahid Afridi was an absolute beast and a true phenomena on the field.
Such was his brute power that even his misfields sailed for sixes.
In 2013,at the fag end of his career, Afridi hit the longest six in international cricket at about 158 meters. The fact that it is rated as unofficial is that because of certain reasons ICC has recorded it only as 120m.
But let’s not take any credits away from this audacious Pakistani allrounder.
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