Cricket is a statistics-driven sport, and there is maybe no better statistic for a bowler to dread than a batsman’s ability to strike a six. Several players have a history of destroying a bowling attack of their own volition. However, in order to smash the majority of sixes in their cricket career, a batsman must not only be able to pack powerful strikes but also be technically sound and have the all-round potential to have a long career.
It is a well-known fact that one-day international cricket has progressed exponentially over the last decade or so. In its current form, the format advantages batsmen over bowlers significantly. The number of sixes struck per match has risen dramatically as a result of shorter boundaries and hard bats. The game is gradually evolving into a showcase for strong, muscular batsmen who stand and hit sixes.
Eoin Morgan – 17 Sixes
With 17 sixes in his stunning knock against Afghanistan, Eoin Morgan is at the top of the list. Morgan’s 148-run innings is his highest in ODIs, surpassing his previous best of 124 not out. Morgan’s magnificent innings helped England amass a huge 398 for 6.
Rohit Sharma – 16 sixes
Rohit Sharma has a reputation for setting records for the Indian national team on a daily basis. He became the third player in men’s ODI history to cross a double century when Australia faced India in Bengaluru in 2013. He hit 16 sixes in the game. It was the world record before Morgan broke it.
Chris Gayle – 16 sixes
Chris Gayle has long been synonymous with some of the best limited-overs knocks in the history of the game. Chris Gayle became the fifth player to score a double century in ODIs and the first to do so in the World Cup, setting a new milestone in the 2015 edition. Zimbabwe was on the receiving end of the West Indian star’s ferocious attack.
AB de Villiers – 16 sixes
AB de Villiers’ name has been engraved in the record books for a number of individual knocks. AB de Villiers’ quickest century came during the West Indies’ tour of South Africa, during which he also became the second player in history to smash 16 sixes.
Shane Watson – 15 sixes
In the 2011 ODI in Dhaka, Bangladesh set Australia a target of 229 runs. Shane Watson, on the other hand, wanted to make the game interesting by hitting big. After hitting 15 sixes, the former Australia allrounder scored 185 not out, a world record at the time.