Chris Gayle goes past Shahid Afridi, now has most sixes in international cricket

Chris Gayle recently made a comeback to the Windies cricket team after a long break from international cricket. But as soon as he took the field, the spotlight was on him. In the first ODI between Windies and England, he made a record his own that he deserves the most. Gayle has now hit the most sixes in international cricket.

Previously, the record for most sixes in international cricket was held by Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi. Afridi had hit a combined 476 sixes in Test, ODI and T20I cricket. Gayle was also on that same number prior to the game. When the Windies opener struck Moeen Ali for his first six of the innings in the 15th over of the Barbados ODI, he toppled Afridi to claim the top spot.

Gayle ended up scoring 135 runs from 129 balls that included 12 sixes. As of today, the left-hander has 488 sixes to his credit. For now, the record looks safe as there is a big gap between him and other active international players. But the 39-year-old has announced that he will retire from ODI cricket after the 2019 World Cup.

Among the top 10 players for most sixes in international cricket, India’s Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni are placed 5th and 6th respectively. New Zealand’s Martin Guptill is another who is occupying the 8th slot at the moment.

Most sixes in international cricket

Player Teams played for Matches Innings Fours Sixes
Chris Gayle ICC/Windies 444 514 2259 488
Shahid Afridi Asia/ICC/Pakistan 524 508 1053 476
Brendon McCullum New Zealand 432 474 1552 398
Sanath Jayasuriya Asia/Sri Lanka 586 651 2486 352
Rohit Sharma India 321 327 1039 349
MS Dhoni Asia/India 524 513 1455 348
AB de Villiers Africa/South Africa 420 484 2004 328
Martin Guptill New Zealand 292 329 1182 290
Sachin Tendulkar India 664 782 4076 264
Adam Gilchrist Australia/ICC 396 429 1866 262

-Stats as of February 20, 2019

 

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