Cricket is not just a game of sixes and fours, for we have seen players like Sachin Tendulkar, Mohammad Yousuf, Ricky Ponting, and Rahul Dravid bat with sheer class and technique and steal the game away from the opponents.
However, the sport is known for accommodating multi-faceted stars, and players who can hit crucial sixes at will are important as well.
Players like Virender Sehwag and Sanath Jayasuriya instill fear in the rival camps even before they have stepped out on the field because they have the ability to take the game away in just a few overs. By brute force, these cricketers have ensured many memorable wins for their respective sides.
Recently, Chris Gayle became the cricketer with the most international sixes in his whirlwind knock of 135 against England. He beat Shahid Afridi’s record of 476 international sixes and is now perched at numero uno with 477 maximums.
Here are the 5 batsmen with most sixes across all formats in international cricket.
1. Chris Gayle
The first player that comes to mind when we talk about six hitting abilities is West Indian great Chris Gayle. The Jamaican is one of the most brutal smashers of the ball, and there is hardly any bowler to can stop the Universal Boss when he is in full form.
Gayle’s still head position, his high backlift, and his core muscle help him power through, delighting spectators with his strokeplay and his belligerence. The player has announced his retirement from ODIs after the World Cup this year, and one hopes that he can accumulate more hits to the fence till then.
2. Shahid Afridi
The Pakistani was one of the most clinical hitters of the ball in his heydays. His six-hitting abilities drew many spectators into the ground and he earned the nickname ‘Boom Boom Afridi’ due to his huge sixes in the death overs.
The Karachi star played some blinders down the order to helped Pakistan chase down some memorable targets. His powerful forearms that easily lofted balls overs deep-cover or mid-wicket made him a threat and his 476 sixes across formats is a testimony of how lethal he was.
3. Brendon McCullum
McCullum was one of the most dangerous players for his country. His good hand-eye coordination and his footwork ensured that more often than not, he got New Zealand off to a tremendous start.
The dazzling player would charge down the track and relish in hitting the quicks for big sixes across the ground. He was a good puller and cutter of the ball, which ensured that he smashed some eye-pleasing strokes square of the wicket.
McCullum ended his international career with 398 sixes.
4. Sanath Jayasuriya
One of the most dangerous openers in cricket, Jayasuriya was known for his six-hitting abilities at the top of the order. Blessed with great hand-eye coordination, the Sri Lankan could reduce the threat of the bowlers by dispatching them all across the ground with disdain.
He was a good player of the cut and pull shots, and used his muscular forearms to derive power. He made hitting sixes look so very easy, and made a name for himself as one of the most destructive players to have graced the field.
Jayasuriya ended with 352 international sixes.
5. MS Dhoni
Though Dhoni’s six-hitting abilities have drastically reduced, on his day, he was the most dangerous player, especially in the death overs. He has single-handedly won India many tight games and his power ensured that no bowler heaved in relief till they had his back.
A bottom heavy player, Dhoni used the immense strength of his wrists to hit low and flat sixes. His bat swing was next to none and his knowledge of when to accelerate and take the game into the next-mode is what set Dhoni apart. The former Indian captain has 342 international sixes to his name and would hope to end his career with a few more.