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Longest six in T20 World Cup history

Legendary Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has hit the longest six in T20 World Cup history as his strike against Australia in the semi-final during the 2007 T20 World Cup travelled 119m.

As T20 cricket has developed and grown over the years, batsmen have found newer and more innovative ways to take on bowlers and punish their bad deliveries with extreme disdain. Sixes are getting bigger and longer than ever as batsmen these days pack more power to their six-hitting technique in order to ensure that the ball clears the boundary ropes by a considerable margin.

The T20 World Cup is the biggest competition in this format and all of the top countries in the world participate with the hope of winning it. As we head towards the upcoming 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia, it’s only fair we talk about the longest six in T20 World Cup history and the player who was responsible for it.

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Yuvraj Singh, the star of the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup in 2007 holds the record of smashing the longest six in T20 World Cup history when he recorded a 119m six against Australia in the semi-final in 2007.

Fresh from his monstrous exploits of six-hitting against England in the last game where he smashed six consecutive sixes off Stuart Broad’s over to create history and bring up the fastest half-century in T20 and international cricket, Yuvraj Singh picked things up right from where they were left off in the semi-final against Australia.

When he came out to bat, India were struggling for a score of 41-2 after losing both openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir. With the first ball he faced, he was greeted to the crease with a mean bouncer from Stuart Clark but Yuvraj didn’t take long to settle into his stride and pulled him for a six off the very next delivery to begin the fireworks.

When Brett Lee came steaming in, the left-hander flicked his full delivery over the backward leg and the ball travelled 119m for a thunderous six over cow corner. This six is officially the longest six ever hit by an Indian batter and the longest six to have arrived at the T20 World Cup stage.

Yuvraj didn’t just stop there after smacking Lee. He then went after Andrew Symonds and Clark and put away their bad balls with plenty of disdain.

He brought up his second consecutive fifty in the T20 World Cup knockout rounds with a six off Clark’s length ball in the 14th over and he took merely 21 balls to get to that mark. After reaching the milestone, he put his foot on the accelerator and plundered more boundaries and sixes to race to 70 runs.

Yuvraj’s juggernaut eventually came to an end when he tried to hit yet another six off Clark’s bowling and even though the ball went high into the air, it didn’t find the distance to clear Michael Hussey, who took the catch.

Thanks to Yuvraj’s gargantuan efforts, India comfortably won the match and booked their tickets to the final where they defeated Pakistan to become T20 World Champions for the very first time!

Who hit the longest sixes in T20 World Cup 2021?

The ICC T20 World Cup 2021 was a pretty entertaining affair that saw Australia being crowned as world champions in this format for the very first time. It also saw an exhibition of sixes and both Liam Livingstone and Andre Russell stunned and enthralled audiences with their titanic efforts.

Liam Livingstone smashed the longest six at the T20 World Cup in UAE last year when he recorded 112m off Kagiso Rabada’s bowling while facing South Africa. He also smashed as many as three consecutive sixes off Rabada’s bowling while coming in to bat at number 6 in the 13th over of the contest.

With England needing 80 runs off 46 balls to chase a target of 190, the right hander broke his shackles soon and Livingstone hit 18 runs off the next three deliveries. He picked the full-length delivery effortlessly and didn’t think twice before hitting it over mid-wicket for a mammoth 112m six that wowed and amazed those in the stadium as well as those watching it on screens.

Following a six that crashed outside the stadium, Livingstone sent the next ball on the famous roof at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. With Rabada once again bowling in his hitting arc, hewas in no mood to spare the bowler hitting him for another six down the ground.

Before getting out to South Africa all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius in the penultimate over, Livingstone scored an impact-generating 28 (17) with the help of one four and three sixes.

Andre Russell of West Indies wasn’t far behind eight when it came to an exhibition of sixes during the same tournament. Russell, who is one of the most powerful strikers of the ball in modern cricket and has mastered the art of six-hitting, smacked a massive 111m six while facing the penultimate delivery against Australia.

He took one of the best death bowlers in the world Mitchell Starc to the cleaners with his strike and made sure to end West Indies’ innings on a high note.

FAQs

Who has hit the longest six in IPL?

The record for the longest six in IPL history belongs to former Chennai Super Kings all-rounder Albie Morkel who smashed a jaw-dropping 125m six during the inaugural edition of the tournament held in 2008.

What is Liam Livingstone’s longest six?

Liam Livingstone once smashed a 122m six against Pakistan which is not only the longest six in his career, but also in international cricket.

Who holds the record for smashing the longest six in international cricket history?

Liam Livingstone hit the longest six in cricket history when he clocked a 122m six while playing for England against Pakistan. In that match, Livingstone had smashed a quick-fire 36 to provide impetus to the England innings. The 122m six came in the 16th over of England’s innings, and Pakistan’s Haris Rauf was the unfortunate bowler at the other end.

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