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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.

Rohit Sharma - 477 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 410 matches so far, where he has hit 477 sixes. Aptly nicknamed the ‘Hitman,’ Sharma has scored 2,862 out of his current run tally of 16,000 runs in sixes.

Rohit Sharma has played 45 Test matches so far and has managed to hit 64 sixes in them. His record, quite unsurprisingly, gets better in limited-overs cricket, where he has hit 250 sixes in 233 ODIs and 163 sixes in 132 T20Is. Amongst active cricketers, Rohit Sharma has hit the most number of sixes.

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. 

Players with most sixes in international cricket

Player (country)

Matches 

Sixes

Chris Gayle (West Indies)

483

553

Rohit Sharma (India)

410 477

Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)

524

476

Brendon McCullum (New Zealand)

432

398

Martin Guptill (New Zealand)

358

379

MS Dhoni (India)

538

359

Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka)

586

352

Eoin Morgan (England)

379

346

AB de Villiers (South Africa)

420

328

Jos Buttler (England)

308

275

Featured Image: AFP/ Randy Brooks

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