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Most Sixes in International Cricket – Overall and Format-wise

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The Cricket game is quite popular in the Asian continent and is increasingly becoming famous with the European Cricket Nations due to their persistent efforts to aware people about the sport and improve their performances in the ICC tournaments. One of the reasons for the game increasing its reach, is the player’s ability to hit sixes and entertain the audience. The crowds love the ball coming towards them, and with the T20 and especially T10 format is a go-to-format for the Olympics and the players with six-hitting abilities will be in demand.

Most Sixes in International Cricket

Let’s delve into the most number of sixes hit by the player in his international career (combined of all formats).

Chris Gayle tops the list with 550 sixes and has been the highest six-hitter in international format and it will be difficult for any player to cross his number of 550. Then, comes Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi and then Indian opener Rohit Sharma.

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Most sixes in cricket

Player

Matches

Sixes

Chris Gayle

478

550

Shahid Afridi

524

476

Rohit Sharma

381

440


Most sixes in T20I

T20 is the format, where you need to hit sixes to make the game more entertaining and upto the mark with a big score on the board. The shorter format requires a talented hard hitting player, who can accelerate the team’s score very well.

The Universe Boss Chris Gayle has not played enough matches for West Indies in the last few years in the T20I format, and falls behind the Kiwi Martin Guptill who is leading by a fine margin. Guptill has hit the most sixes in T20 format, the Kiwi international is a delight to watch, when he’s on song.

Player

Matches

Sixes

Martin Guptill

102

147

Rohit Sharma

111

133

Chris Gayle

74

121


Most sixes in ODI

ODI is the format, where different set of players have different job to do at a certain point in game. Middle order players are the ones, who need to get going as soon as they get settled in the field, and the finish the scoreboard on a high. Shahid Afridi is the player, who has hit the most sixes (351) in the ODI format. He was an explosive batsman, and his stats in ODIs depicts the same.

The Sri Lanka opening batsman Sanath Jayasuriya was terrific during his playing days and fired all cylinders in the ODI format. If the player of his calibre would have played in this T20I era, he would have surely topped the list.

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Player

Matches

Sixes

Shahid Afridi

398

351

Chris Gayle

301

331

Sanath Jayasuriya

445

270


Most sixes in Test

Last but not the least, let’s check out the players who have hit most sixes in the longest format of the game. Test matches are not usually about hard hitting and aggressive cricket, but there have been players, who played fast in the game that needs patience.

Brendon McCullum has hit 107 sixes in the test format, which is the highest. He was a very aggressive batsman in this format of the game, and used to play, as if he’s playing an ODI game. While, the Australian wicket-keeper Gilchrist was impressive with his six-hitting capabilities as well.

Player

Matches

Sixes

Brendon McCulum

176

107

Adam Gilchrist

137

100

Chris Gayle

182

98

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