When it comes to hitting sixes in ODI cricket, Shahid Afridi’s name comes first. The former Pakistan all-rounder hit 351 sixes in ODIs. Chris Gayle is second with 331 sixes. India’s captain Rohit Sharma is next to the West Indies batsman. His total number of sixes in ODI cricket is now 316. Afridi has played 381 matches, Gayle has played 301 matches and Rohit has played 260 matches. But AB de Villiers was on top of the record for most sixes in a year. Rohit left the Protea batsman behind yesterday. Rohit’s six off Colin Ackerman in the seventh over of the innings against the Netherlands in Bengaluru was his 59th of the year. No one has hit more sixes in a year before.
The highest so far was de Villiers’ 58 sixes, which he hit in 2015. Shubman Gill hit 56 sixes in 2019. Shahid Afridi is fourth in this list with 48 sixes in 2002. Mohammed Wasim of United Arab Emirates is at the fifth place in the list with 47 sixes this year. Apart from the most sixes in a year, Rohit also holds the record for the most sixes in a World Cup tournament as a captain.
England’s Ewin Morgan hit 22 sixes in the 2019 World Cup. At the end of yesterday’s innings, Rohit Sharma’s number of sixes stood at 24. India captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and chose to bat at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. On this day as usual, Rohit gave the team a stormy start. The Indian opener scored 61 runs from 54 balls in Markoot’s innings. Hankan hit eight fours and two sixes in the innings. Shubman made a 100-run partnership with Gill in the opening. Rohit Sharma joined the 500-run club as the fourth batsman in the current World Cup. At the end of yesterday’s innings, his run in 9 matches in the series stood at 503. Average 55.88 and strike rate 121.49. He hit 58 fours and 24 sixes in the tournament. Rohit’s teammate Virat Kohli tops the list of best scorers in this World Cup with 594 runs. Virat Kohli, who scored two centuries in the tournament, averages 99.00. The former Indian captain’s strike rate is 88.52. Proteas batsman Quintor de Kock is second in the list with 591 runs. This South African opener scored the maximum four centuries in the tournament. Young New Zealand opener Rachin Ravindra is third in the list with 565 runs.