Top 10 Players Hit Most Sixes in ODI

Cricket is more than just about boundaries and sixes but I guess I’m in minority with people who admire great fast bowling and batsmen who counter them with authority. Today’s cricket, inspired by twenty20, is more about sixes which lands us onto the question, which batsman has hit most sixes in one day cricket career.

Shahid Afridi, the Pakistani pathan who started his career as leg spinner, scored century the first time he went out to bat (thanks to Waqar Younis’ bat he borrowed that day) which is still the fastest ever, and changed his career forever. Afridi, on 21st June 2010, took over Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya who’s second in list of most sixes as you can see in following list.

Top 10 Players Hit Most Sixes in ODI

If you notice, Shahid Afridi also has the highest strike-rate among the greatest six hitters listed below, but also the fewest fours, which summarizes Afridi’s career as someone who never put value on his wicket but whenever survived, mesmerized the audiences.

Sourav Ganguly of India was probably the one cleanest hitters, timing the ball perfectly, while Adam Gilchrist of Australia had strong wrists to go with unusual batting style. Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya, with number of ODI they’ve played, are automatic entrants but presense of Kiwi Chris Cairns makes an interesting presence in the list. Blackcaps allrounder played just 215 ODI but hit 153 sixes.

Most sixes by a batsman in one day international cricket career.
Batsman (Country) Sixes Mts Best 100s 50s S.rate
Shahid Afridi (Pakistan) 301 350 124 6 33 114.03
Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka) 270 445 189 28 68 91.21
Sachin Tendulkar (India) 195 463 200* 49 96 86.23
Chris Gayle (West Indies) 193 239 153* 20 45 84.17
Saurav Ganguly (India) 190 311 183 22 72 73.70
Ricky Ponting (Australia) 162 375 164 30 82 80.60
Chris Cairns (New Zealand) 153 215 115 4 26 84.26
MS Dhoni (India) 152 216 183* 8 47 88.71
Adam Gilchrist (Australia) 149 287 172 16 55 96.94
Brendon McCullum (New Zealand) 145 212 166 4 25 96.94
Yuvraj Singh (India) 145 279 139 13 50 87.77
Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pakistan) 144 378 137* 10 83 74.24
Virender Sehwag (India) 136 251 219 15 38 104.33
Jacques Kallis (South Africa) 136 321 139 17 85 72.97
Brian Lara (West Indies) 133 299 169 19 63 79.51
Herschelle Gibbs (South Africa) 128 248 175 21 37 83.26
Vivian Richards (West Indies) 126 187 175 11 45 90.20
Abdul Razzaq (Pakistan) 124 265 112 3 23 81.25
Wasim Akram (Pakistan) 121 356 86 0 6 88.33
Andrew Symonds (Australia) 103 198 156 6 30 92.44
Arvinda de Silva (Sri Lanka) 102 308 145 11 64 81.13
Shane Watson (Australia) 101 157 185* 7 29 88.74
Saeed Anwar (Pakistan) 97 247 194 20 43 80.67

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