West Indies cricket team batsman Chris Gayle currently holds the record for hitting the most sixes in T20 cricket

Often regarded as the greatest T20 batsman in history, the southpaw has clobbered 1042 sixes in 448 matches and has amassed a staggering 14,276 runs at an average of 36.79 and strike rate of 145.71. The 41-year-old is the only cricketer to aggregate more than 14,000 runs and smash over 1000 sixes in the shortest format of the game.

Since making his T20I debut against New Zealand in 2006, Gayle has cemented himself as one of the most feared batsmen in world cricket and helped West Indies claim the ICC World T20 titles in 2012 and 2016.

He has hit 121 sixes in T20I matches, which is the third-highest only behind New Zealand’s Martin Guptill (147) and Rohit Sharma (133) of India.

Apart from representing the West Indies, Gayle has played for several franchises in the Indian T20 League, Caribbean Premier League, Big Bash, Pakistan Premier League and Bangladesh Premier League. 

The Jamaica-born cricketer broke the record for the fastest T20 hundred in history when he scored a blitzkrieg 66-ball 175 for Bangalore against Pune in the Indian T20 League. Gayle also holds the record for the joint-fastest fifty along with Yuvraj Singh and Hazratullah Zazai having smashed a 12-ball half-century while playing for Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash.

Apart from Gayle, his West Indies teammates Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell are in the top three list for most sixes in T20 cricket. While Pollard has hit 758 sixes, Russell has smashed 510 maximums.

Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum (485) and retired Australia all-rounder Shane Watson (467) complete the top five list for the most sixes in T20 cricket.

Most sixes in T20 cricket

Player Matches Sixes Runs Average  Strike Rate
Chris Gayle 448 1042 14276 36.79 145.71
Kieron Pollard 567 758 11223 31.61 152.69
Andre Russell 382 510 6405 26.57 169.66
Brendon McCullum 370 485 9922 29.97 136.49
Shane Watson 343 467 8821 29.30 138.30
AB de Villiers 338 435 9387 37.39 150.38
Rohit Sharma 355 400 9428 31.95 133.31
Aaron Finch 324 399 6970 34.42 141.24
Colin Munro 311 395 7675 29.98 141.78
David Warner 306 379 10019 37.52 140.71

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