Hitting a six is considered as one of the most dynamic thing in modern cricket. As the game continues to evolve, we see many batsmen who have the penchant of sending the ball out of the park.
While we only associate six hitting with power, one must not forget that six hitting is also related to resound timing and a good technique.
It is considered as the most efficient way of accelerating an innings. A handful of sixes changes the course of the innings in a few overs.
Over the years we have seen several batsman who have frequently sent the ball in the stands. We might associate the words destructive, deadly with these batsmen but one thing we must agree is that all these batsman, on their peak, served as a headache to the bowlers.
Here’s a list of the batsmen who have hit the most sixes in international cricket:
#10. Ross Taylor
Over the years, Ross Taylor has been a vital cog for New Zealand. He’s been one of the best batsman in the past decade. But seldom do we see his name being placed among the greats of the game.
Apart from scoring truckloads of runs at a healthy average, Taylor, has hit some luscious hits. The midwicket area remains his favourite. In international cricket, Taylor has carted 270 sixes, not to forget he’s still going strong.
#9. AB de Villiers
The Superman of Cricket- rightly so, ABD has left no stone unturned in his 14 year old career. From playing whirlwind knocks to saving test matches, De Villiers has proved himself as one of the most versatile batsmen international cricket.
One of the fewest players to average over 50 in both Tests and ODIs, De Villiers has risen through the ranks to become one of the finest of this generation.
When on song, de Villiers could destroy any attack and his 328 sixes are evidence of the fact.
#8. Eoin Morgan
Morgan plays the attacking brand of cricket and has established himself as a vital cog in the middle order of England’s star studded batting line up.
The prime architect of England’s change in playing style post the 2015 humiliation, Morgan has been an absolute phenomenon post 2015 WC and achieved new heights when England made a successful turnaround winning the World Cup.
Morgan has hit 338 sixes in his career.
#7. Martin Guptill
The fact that Martin Guptill made it this big as an athletes despite losing three fingers of his foot is exceptional in itself. Guptill has been one of the best openers in international cricket in the past decade.
He’s hit the most sixes in T20Is. The fact that he’s still playing will definitely boost his chances of a top 5 finish by the time he hangs his boots.
All in all, Guptill has hit 351 sixes in international cricket.
#6. Sanath Jayasuriya
The Matara Mauler had claims of being the most destructive batsman of his era. The rise of the man who redefined opening batsman has coincided with Sri Lanka’s rise in international cricket. He is certainly the best one dayer from the island country.
Jayasuriya had a great turnaround in his cricket career post getting adjudged the MVP in 1996 WC.
Known for his aggressive batting, Sanath Jayasuriya has hit 352 sixes at a time where nonchalant six hitting was relatively new to world cricket.
#5. Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni and six hitting have quite many things in common between them. The most successful Indian captain has been no slogger with thr bat as he remains one of the most successful batsman of the past decade.
Indian cricket fans are still reminiscent of MSD churning out victories with his destructive batting and cool captainship.
One of the most destructive batsman of his era, MSD has hit 359 sixes in international cricket.
4. Brendon McCullum
“Brash”- this is the word which Brendon McCullum uses to describe himself.
One of the greatest players from New Zealand and certainly one of the top T20 players of his era, McCullum has been an embodiment of attacking cricket.
Predominantly favouring the cow corner, McCullum has hit 398 sixes in his illustrious career which ended with him scoring the fastest test century.
#3. Rohit Sharma
Another active player, and certainly a contender to be on the top of the list, Rohit Sharma has established himself as a six hitting beast in recent years.
“Hitman”- as his fans call him is certainly one of the best ODI players currently.
His penchant for daddy hundreds and astonishing records as an opener have already established himself as one of the greatest ODI openers of all time and he still has some time left to play.
Rohit Sharma has 436 hits over the rope.
#2. Shahid Afridi
Being subjected to trolls regarding his age ever since he made his debut, Shahid Afridi has answered each and every critic with his exceptional performances.
An attacking cricketer of the highest quality, Afridi has started in many victorious campaigns of Pakistan.
The knack of throwing wickets after a good start couldn’t stop him from hitting 475 sixes in international cricket.
#1. Chris Gayle
We could have all guessed this, right?
It seems like T20 cricket has chosen Gayle as it’s brand ambassador. The Universe Boss owns almost every batting record in T20 cricket.
However, he has proved his credentials in the other two formats as well, churning out memorable performances for West Indies and easily establishing himself as the most destructive batsman of the era.
Gayle has hit an astonishing 535 sixes, a testimony of the fact that he’s indeed the foremost among the best six hitters in cricket history.
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