The veteran Windies opener, Chris Gayle has surpassed Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi as the player with most sixes in international cricket (Tests, ODIs, and T20Is combined) during the 1st ODI against England at the Kennington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados. Afridi had smashed 476 sixes in all the formats combined, while Gayle with a knock of 135 runs off 129 balls against England took his six-hitting tally to 488 in his 444th international match.
Gayle, who recently announced that he will be hanging his boots from international cricket after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, scored his 24th ODI century, which included 12 sixes in the innings on Wednesday. Before the start of the match, the tally of sixes for Gayle and Afridi was equal, but now, the self-proclaimed ‘ Universe Boss’ has now surpassed the Pakistan allrounder when the opener hit a maximum off Moeen Ali in the 21st over.
Here is the video of his knock:
The Windies opener had smashed 98 sixes in 103 Tests, 103 in 56 T20Is and before the start of the match had 275 sixes in 284 ODIs.
However, Gayle is not the only leading six-hitter in any single format. The leading six-hitter in Tests is New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum with 107 sixes in 101 matches, followed by Australia’s Adam Gilchrist with exactly 100 hits in 96 games over the ropes with Gayle at third. In T20Is, Gayle is the joint-highest with New Zealand’s Martin Guptill, closely followed by India’s Rohit Sharma with 102 sixes in 93.
In ODIs, Afridi is leading the charts by a long margin with 351 sixes in the format in 398 games, while Gayle is now at 287 in 285 games. Overall, Afridi took 524 matches to hit 476 sixes, while Gayle broke the record in his 444th international match.
Most sixes in international cricket:
England 364 for 4 (Roy 123, Root 102) beat West Indies 360 for 8 (Gayle 135, Hope 64) by six wickets