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Hitting a six is widely considered to be one of the biggest game-changing abilities that a batter could possess in modern-day cricket. With the popularity of the sport having largely moved away from the classic five-day long format to limited-overs cricket, the significance of big-hitters today cannot be stressed enough.

That said, here’s a list of batsmen with the most sixes in international cricket.

Chris Gayle - 553 sixes

Making his international debut in 1999, the towering West Indies opener has mostly dealt in sixes. Chris Gayle holds the record for the most number of sixes in international cricket with 553 from 483 matches across all three formats. This means that the Universe Boss has scored 3,318 runs out of his 19,594-run tally in sixes alone.

Chris Gayle has hit 98 sixes in 103 Test matches, 331 sixes in 301 ODIs and 124 sixes in 79 T20Is.

Shahid Afridi - 476 sixes

The former Pakistan all-rounder was yet another individual who liked to score only in maximums. Shahid Afridi, a middle-order batsman who made his debut in 1996, featured in 524 international matches. Afridi hit a total of 476 sixes on the international stage, bringing up 2,856 of his 11,196 run-tally in sixes.

Afridi played only 27 Test matches in his career but managed to hit 52 sixes in them. However, his six-hitting ability shone the brightest in the 50-over format, where he hit a whopping 351 sixes in 398 ODIs. The twenty-over format suited his style as well, where Afridi slogged 73 sixes in 99 T20Is.

Rohit Sharma - 461 sixes

Star Indian opener Rohit Sharma has made quite a name for himself for his effortless six-hitting ability. Making his debut in 2007, Rohit Sharma has played 393 matches so far, where he has hit 461 sixes. Aptly nicknamed the ‘Hitman,’ Sharma has scored 2,766 out of his current run tally of 15,567 runs in sixes.

Rohit Sharma has played 43 Test matches so far and has managed to hit 63 sixes in them. His record, quite unsurprisingly, gets better in the limited-overs cricket, where he has hit 245 sixes in 230 ODIs and 150 sixes in 119 T20Is. Amongst active cricketers, Rohit Sharma has hit the most number of sixes. 

Players with most sixes in international cricket

Player (country)

Matches 

Sixes

Chris Gayle (West Indies)

483

553

Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)

524

476

Rohit Sharma (India)

393

461

Brendon McCullum (New Zealand)

432

398

Martin Guptill (New Zealand)

345

369

MS Dhoni (India)

538

359

Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka)

586

352

Eoin Morgan (England)

377

346

AB de Villiers (South Africa)

420

328

Ross Taylor (New Zealand)

440

270

Featured Image: AFP/ Randy Brooks

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