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    Who Is the Current Holder of the Number of Sixes in the History of International Cricket?
Who Is the Current Holder of the Number of Sixes in the History of International Cricket?
Cricket players. Source: Jagran Josh

Who Is the Current Holder of the Number of Sixes in the History of International Cricket?

The list of the highest number of sixes in international cricket includes some of the most dynamic and powerful batters. These players have mesmerised fans with their ability to smash the ball beyond the boundary. Rohit Sharma of India currently holds the record for the highest number of sixes in international cricket, with a staggering 597 as of May 2024.

Scoring a six is an incredibly difficult feat in cricket. Look at a compilation of players who have hit the highest number of sixes in international cricket, sourced from various reputable outlets such as ESPN.

Here are the top 10 players who have hit the most sixes in international cricket.

When the ball sails over the boundary without making contact with the ground, it is referred to as a six. It is genuinely exhilarating in the world of cricket. A perfectly executed sixer electrifies the crowd. So, who holds the record for the highest number of sixes in international cricket?

Player

Nationality

Sixes

Rohit Sharma

India

597

Chris Gayle

West Indies

553

Shahid Afridi

Pakistan

476

Brendon McCullum

New Zealand

398

Martin Guptill

New Zealand

383

MS Dhoni

India

359

Sanath Jayasuriya

Sri Lanka

352

Eoin Morgan

England

346

AB de Villiers

South Africa

328

Jos Buttler

England

326

Jos Buttler | 326

  • Birthplace: Taunton, Somerset, England
  • Born on September 8, 1990
  • Debut: 2011
  • Height: 1.8 metres

Buttler MBE, a distinguished leader, proudly served as the captain of the England cricket team in Test matches until 2022. He holds the distinction of being England's second most-capped player in T20I, just behind Eoin Morgan. Buttler was a member of the England squad that emerged victorious in both the 2019 Cricket World Cup and the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup.

AB de Villiers . Source: Cricket Times
AB de Villiers . Source: Cricket Times

AB de Villiers | 328

  • Birthplace: Bela-Bela, South Africa
  • Birthdate: February 17, 1984
  • Debut: 2004
  • Height: 1.78 metres

According to News18, Benjamin de Villiers, a former cricketer from South Africa,  transitioned into a commentator role after retiring. De Villiers has been awarded the ICC ODI Player of the Year on three separate occasions, solidifying his status as one of the most exceptional batters of his era. He has achieved remarkable feats in the world of cricket, setting records for the quickest ODI fifty (16 balls), the fastest ODI century (31 balls), and the speediest ODI 150 (62 balls). 

Eoin Morgan | 346

  • Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
  • Birthdate: September 10, 1986
  • Debut: 2006
  • Height: 1.75 metres

Morgan, a former cricketer from Ireland and England, has transitioned into a role as a commentator. He led the England team in limited-overs matches from 2015 until his retirement in June 2022. Morgan holds the record for the highest number of sixes in international cricket while leading the team. He secured the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 and the 2019 World Cup with his nation.

Sanath Jayasuriya | 352

  • Birthplace: Matara, Ceylon
  • Birthdate: June 30, 1969
  • Debut in 1989
  • Height: 1.70 metres

Jayasuriya is a former Sri Lankan captain who is widely regarded as one of the finest in his field. The player played a crucial role in his team's triumph in the 1996 Cricket World Cup. Under his guidance, he led both Sri Lanka and India to a shared victory in the 2002 Champions Trophy.

According to a report by Al Jazeera, Jayasuriya entered politics in 2010 and assumed the role of a Member of Parliament.

MS Dhoni | 359

  • Birthplace: Ranchi, Bihar (now Jharkhand), India
  • Birthdate: July 7, 1981
  • Debut: 2004
  • Height: 1.75 metres

The Indian player is widely regarded as one of the top wicket keeper-batsman and captains in the sport. He had the privilege of being a part of the esteemed Indian cricket team, leading the (ODI) squad from 2007 to 2017 and commanding the Test side from 2008 to 2014.

Dhoni has achieved a remarkable feat by holding the world record for leading in the highest number of International matches. Furthermore, he stands as the sole captain in India's history who has achieved consistent success. Under his captaincy, India emerged victorious in the 2011 ICC World Cup, 2007 ICC World Twenty20, and 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.

Martin Guptill | 383

  • Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Birthdate: September 30, 1986
  • Debut in 2009
  • Height: 1.88 metres

Guptill is one of the players who has hit the highest number of sixes in ODIs in international cricket. He became the inaugural New Zealander and the fifth player in history to accomplish a double century in a One-Day international. His personal record for the cricket World Cup is unmatched, and his score of 237 not out was hailed as one of the greatest in the history of one-day internationals.

In addition, he was a member of the New Zealand team that came in second place at the 2015 World Cup. He achieved an impressive feat by scoring more than 600 T20 International runs at Eden Park, making him the first player to surpass both 500 and 600 runs at a single venue.

Brendon McCullum | 398

  • Birthplace: Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
  • Birthdate: September 27, 1981
  • Debut: 2002
  • Height: 1.71 metres

Brendon, a former player, now holds the esteemed position of head coach for the England cricket team in Test matches. McCullum is widely recognised as one of New Zealand's most accomplished batsmen and leaders. He guided the team to the finals of the 2015 World Cup and the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy. In August 2019, he decided to step away from all forms of cricket and retire.

Shahid Afridi | 476

  • Birthplace: Tirah, Pakistan
  • Birthday: March 1, 1977
  • Debut in 1996
  • Height: 1.8 metres

Shahid ranks third among players who have hit the highest number of sixes in international cricket across all formats. He is a former player from Pakistan who had the honour of leading the national cricket team.

In 1996, Afridi made his debut in One Day International cricket against Kenya. During his second ODI match against Sri Lanka, he Debuts a new record for the quickest century in ODI history, accomplishing this feat in just 37 deliveries. According to Crictracker, Afridi emerged as the standout performer in the final of the 2009 T20 World Cup, delivering an unbeaten 54 runs and playing a crucial role in Pakistan's victorious title win.

Chris Gayle. Source: CrickTracker
Chris Gayle. Source: CrickTracker

Chris Gayle | 553

  • Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
  • Birthdate: September 21, 1979
  • Debut in 1999
  • Height: 1.88 metres

Regarded as the ultimate powerhouse in Twenty20 cricket, Gayle has earned the title of "The Universe Boss." He played a crucial role in the West Indies' triumphs at the 2004 ICC Champions Trophy, the 2012 ICC World Twenty20, and the 2016 ICC World Twenty20.

Gayle holds the record for the highest number of appearances for the West Indies in international matches and is the sole player to accomplish the remarkable feat of scoring three centuries across all formats (scoring a triple century in Test matches, a double century in One Day Internationals, and a century in Twenty20 Internationals).

Rohit Sharma | 597

  • Birthplace: Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
  • Birthdate: April 30, 1987
  • Debut in 2007
  • Height: 1.74 metres

Rohit, an Indian cricketer, currently holds the prestigious position of being the captain of the national team in all formats of the game. He is widely regarded as an exceptional batsman, having achieved remarkable feats in international cricket. He currently holds the record for hitting the most sixes across all formats of the game. Additionally, he has scored the highest number of double centuries in One Day Internationals, a feat that he has accomplished three times.

The Indian team holds the record for the highest number of centuries made in World Cups, achieving this feat seven times. They also share the record for the most centuries in Twenty20 Internationals. Additionally, he holds the record for the highest number of sixes in international cricket throughout history.

Last Statement

Smashing a six is an extraordinary feat that every cricketer aspires to, as it not only contributes to the team's success but also enhances their standing. Rohit Sharma continues to reign supreme as the unrivalled leader in international cricket, boasting the highest number of sixes.

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