Most Sixes in T20 Cricket
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Given the explosive nature of the shortest format of cricket, entertainment is an essential element of T20 cricket. If we start delving deeper into the specifics, it is ideally segregated into boundaries and over-boundaries. But which batsmen have hit the most sixes in T20 cricket?
Despite the bowlers having their fair share of glory, it is a format that is essentially dictated by the batters. In the ongoing IPL in UAE, where sixes have been hard to come by, people always reminisce about the knock played by the former New Zealand captain, Brendon McCullum, as he went on whack a mind-bending 158.
Call it an unfortunate development for the players with cherries in their arm, but the ones who swing the willow gets to highlight in its flamboyant livery. Let’s say we detract the glitz and glam with fireworks blazing all-round and cheer-leaders prancing their hearts out (let’s read the grim reality of bubble-bound cricket); we will be left with the bare minimum, fours, sixes and wickets.
In this story, we will be taking a glance at the players with the most sixes in T20 cricket. The answer to the question is simple. Chris Gayle is the undisputed six-hitter and has hit the most number of sixes in T20 history. Sadly, for the KKR and the New Zealand fans, erstwhile New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has fallen behind in the list of the highest number of sixes in T20 by a proverbial mile.
Chris Gayle – 1042 sixes
The Universe Boss, aka Chris Gayle, hailing all the way from West Indies, is undoubtedly the biggest hitter of sixes in the shortest format of the game. Currently a part of the Punjab Kings in the ongoing IPL, he is an unstoppable cricketer when his stats start reading just 4s 6s. Gayle also became the first batsman to hammer a 175 in T20 cricket, playing against Pune Warriors, which continues to be the highest score in a T20 innings.
Gayle has forged a gilt-edged career where his strike rate reads a staggering 145.71. Despite Kings XI Punjab being his current employer, Chris Gayle has been a part of illustrious franchises like Melbourne Renegades, Kolkata Knight Riders, Stanford Superstars and the list goes on. He is a player of immense talent and his average of 36.79 makes Chris Gayle one of the most fearsome players to have smacked the highest sixes in T20.
Kieron Pollard – 758 sixes
Another compatriot of Chris Gayle, who will also be captaining West Indies in the upcoming T20 World Cup, Kieron Pollard, is a leading contender of the highest number of sixes, but he trails Chris Gayle by a proverbial mile.
In the history of T20 cricket and West Indies, Kieron Pollard has established himself as one of the most fearsome players and his arrival to the crease is always a sign of fear for the bowlers. His stint for the Mumbai Indians has been another reason why he is deemed as one of the most fearsome batters to have graced the sport. His SR is a whopping 152 plus.
Andre Russell – 510 sixes
Andre Russell will be teaming up with both Pollard and Chris Gayle for the upcoming T20 World cup. He is a crucial member of the West Indies team, given his proclivity for hard-hitting. The teams that he has been a part of have benefitted massively from the player. His arrival to the crease is always a sign of upheaval for the bowlers. In the BCCI-led IPL, Russell has been a part of the KKR squad and will most likely be a significant player to watch out for in the upcoming playoff as Kolkata has already signaled the West Indian hitter loading.
The man has racked up a strike rate of 169.66 in his glittering career and has been a part of various franchise-based leagues that include the likes of IPL, LPL and the Pakistan Super League. No wonder he features in the list of the most sixes in T20. He will be an important man to watch out for West Indies when he takes the field.
Brendon McCullum – 485 sixes
The former New Zealand captain is one of the most intimidating to have played T20 cricket. Formerly an opening partner of Martin Guptill, McCullum has hit 485 sixes in his T20 career. He has managed to garner a strike rate of 136.49. India has seen the first-hand might of the New Zealand batsman as he set the IPL ablaze with a fiery brand of 158.
He was an exceptionally aggressive batsman and is currently the coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders. It was a treat for the eyes to witness him and Martin Guptil hit the bowlers with fury and passion. Another impressive feat about him was the fact that he was always a team man. Both him and Martin Guptill reversed roles as when he hit the bowlers, Guptill took an anchoring stance while when Baz started to hit, Guptill was a silent observer.
Shane Watson – 467 sixes
The former Rajasthan Royals all-rounder is another illustrious name in the list of the batsmen with most sixes in T20. He was always going to feature in this prestigious list of players with most sixes as the aerial route was a personal favourite of destruction for Baz.
When you were scrambling for stability in the opening of the innings and also at the tail-end of the innings, he will be the first batsman that you will be turning to. He used to hit mercilessly and managed to smash 467 sixes in his entire career.
AB De Villiers – 436 sixes
The South African batsman has managed to hit 436 sixes and features handsomely in the list of most sixes in T20 cricket. He is also one of the most loved cricketers in India. In the history of T20 cricket, his average of 37.35 is one of the most handsome ones ever. He also holds a record strike rate of 150.17.
In the BCCI-conducted IPL, ABD is one of the most loved players to record countless feats that are loved by the entire nation. In the history of T20 cricket, he has performed for several franchises and his nation, where he has managed to hit 6268 runs.
Rohit Sharma – 400 sixes
Rohit Sharma has established himself as one of the most prolific batters of any format of the sport. If you would remember the ODI brilliance against Sri Lanka, that was simply a display of merciless hammering. In T20 cricket the MI opener has left a significant mark with some incredible knocks.
Rohit Sharma belted out a 39-ball-79 against Kings XI Punjab that marked his onset as the captain of the MI franchise and the significant help that he received from the captain of West Indies in shaping the fortunes of the IPL, evolved him into one of the most successful captains and batsmen of all time.
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