The gentleman’s game of cricket has now reached a stage wherein it sees utter supremacy of the batsmen. With the advent of T20s, the crowds also clamour for bowlers to be hit all over the park.
There is a seeming sense of fearlessness, as batsmen now fancy hitting sixes rather than playing safe shots.
We take a look at five players who have hit the most sixes in international cricket.
5. MS Dhoni (359 sixes)
Mahendra Singh Dhoni enjoys cult status for leading India to World Cup glory in 2011 after 28 long years. One of the country’s best limited-overs batsmen, Dhoni burst on to the international scene as a raw attacking talent.
The quintessential finisher revamped his game as he aged, becoming more matured and reserved in his shot making.
The man from Ranchi relied on his aerial hitting prowess against the best of bowling attacks. The trademark ‘Helicopter’ shot is a joy to behold, and in 526 games for India, MSD has hit 359 sixes.
Dhoni is fifth in the list for the most international sixes in his career.
4. Brendon McCullum (398 sixes)
Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum was an immensely talented player for his country. ‘Baz’, as he was fondly called, began his career as a middle-order batsman, but the Kiwis started reaping rewards aplenty when they began to use him as an opener.
One of the cleanest strikers of the ball, his century in the inaugural match of the Indian Premier League is a brilliant example of power hitting.
McCullum’s penchant for six-hitting saw him go down as one of the most destructive batsmen in international cricket.
With 398 sixes in 432 matches, Brendon McCullum is ranked fourth in the list for most sixes by any player in international cricket.
3. Rohit Sharma (398 sixes)
India’s Rohit Sharma is the third on the list for players with most sixes in international cricket.
With a tally of 398 sixes in just 355 innings, the ‘Hitman’ is known for his out-of-the-world sense of timing and hand-eye coordination.
His lazy elegance and ability to shift gears at any point in the innings across all formats, are second to none.
The man from Mumbai is a true leader, and is also the holder of the record for most runs in an ODI innings (264 not out).
Rohit Sharma symbolizes the modern Indian spirit of batting, and is a true six-hitting machine.
2. Shahid Afridi (476 sixes)
Shahid Afridi was highly renowned for his explosive batting in each format of the game.
The iconic Pakistani cricketer was more-than-handy with the ball too, and has won many a match singlehandedly, thanks to his very unique six-hitting prowess.
Such was his impact with the bat that he registered the then-fastest century in ODI innings in a mere 37 balls.
‘Boom Boom’ Afridi, in 524 international games, hit as much as 476 sixes, and that gets him in the second position.
Even though he was not the most reliable when it came to temperament, Afridi was a crowd favourite and a chance to dazzle them was something he did not like to miss.
1. Chris Gayle (534 sixes)
Chris Gayle is the ultimate showman of modern cricket. As a sheer entertainer, the West Indies cricketer has created an unparalleled impact.
The global icon that he is, the ‘Universe Boss’ has rendered his services for a number of franchises the world over.
A bonafide champion, Gayle has amassed an incredible tally of 534 sixes from 460 international appearances for West Indies.
With a highly positive attitude that allowed him to trust his strength, Gayle has been the terrorising his opponents with brutal power.
This record of his, will surely take some beating.