Most Sixes in T20
This article will provide you with a review of 10 batsmen with the greatest number of sixes in T20 matches. We will also take a closer look at the innings in which each batsman recorded maximum hits over the fence.
Top 10 Batsmen with Most Sixes in T20
Nicknamed “Hitman,” India’s Rohit Sharma has earned the reputation for being one of the world’s most devastating batsmen. He has played both T20 Internationals and IPL matches with equal success. In 188 IPL matches, Rohit has made 4898 runs at 31.6 and a strike rate of 130.82 with one ton, 36 half-centuries and the top score of 109. In T20Is, he has been even more impressive, scoring 2773 runs from 108 matches at an average of 32.21 and a strike rate of 138.791 with four tons and 21 half-centuries. Sharma has recorded a total of 321 sixes in T20 games, including 127 sixes in T20Is and 194 sixes in the IPL. Arguably his most dominant T20 innings came in an international match held at Indore in December 2017 against Sri Lanka when he hit a match-winning 118 in 43 balls to help India post a score of 260/5. He got out in the 13th over after an opening stand of 165 with KL Rahul. His innings included 12 fours and 10 sixes, accounting for 108 runs.
New Zealander Martin Guptill has emerged as one of the most aggressive batsmen in white-ball cricket in recent years. In 101 T20 games including 13 IPL matches, he has scored more than 2800 runs at a strike rate of over 135. In T20Is, Guptill has a batting average of 32.51 with two tons and 15 half-centuries. Guptill has hit 119 sixes in T20Is and added 15 sixes in the IPL. His highest score of 105 came against Australia at Auckland in February 2018. New Zealand won the toss and batted first to put up a score of 243/6. Guptill was involved in an opening stand of 132 with Colin Munro. He was the third batsman to get out with the scoreboard reading 212/3 in 16.4 overs. Unfortunately for Guptill, his brilliant effort came in a losing cause as Australia managed to chase down the target with more than an over to spare. Guptill’s 105 runs came from 54 balls and included six fours and nine sixes.
If Martin Guptill has become an asset for New Zealand in white-ball cricket, his opening partner is not far behind him. In 65 T20Is, Munro has scored 1724 runs at an average of 31.35 and a strike rate of 156.44 with three tons and 11 half-centuries, including his top score of 109 not out. In 13 IPL matches, Munro has made 177 runs at 14.75, a strike rate of 125.53 with the top score of 40. He has hit 107 sixes in T20Is. He made his top score of 109 not out in a T20I against India at Rajkot in November 2017. New Zealand batted first and piled up 196 for 2, riding on Munro’s innings. In reply, India could make only 156/7. Munro was involved in an opening partnership of 105 with Martin Guptill. When India batted they lost both openers cheaply to Trent Boult and were never in the chase. Munro’s knock of 109 came off 58 balls with seven fours and seven sixes.
Chris Gayle’s reputation for big hitting has remained intact over two decades of cricket. In 58 T20Is, Chris Gayle has scored 1627 runs at an average of 32.54 and a strike rate of 142.84 with two tons and 13 half-centuries, including his top score of 117. In 125 IPL matches, he has made 4484 runs at 41.14, a strike rate of 151.03 with six tons and 28 half-centuries, including his top score of 175 not out. Gayle has been a prolific six-hitter with 138 sixes in T20Is and 369 sixes in the IPL. Gayle’s 175 not out is an innings that will never be forgotten. During the IPL 2013 season, Pune Warriors came to Bengaluru to play RCB. Chris Gayle who opened the innings for RCB was on the attack from the word go. After RCB had posted a score of 263/5, Pune Warriors ended up with a poor score of 133 for 9, resulting in a 133-run victory for RCB, one of the biggest wins in T20 games. Gayle shared an opening partnership of 107 with Dilshan. He made his 175 off 66 balls with 13 fours and 17 sixes at a strike rate of 265.15. It was arguably the most sensational innings seen in any format of the game at any level. Gayle broke all manner of records during his innings. He got to 50 off 17 balls, 100 off 30 balls, and 150 off 53 balls as most Pune Warriors bowlers, including Pandey, Dinda, Marsh, Murtaza and Finch, were milked for runs.
Eoin Morgan became the face of limited-overs cricket in England after the ODI World Cup in 2015. After he had been handed the captaincy in white-ball cricket matches, Morgan grew from strength to strength and the cricketing world stood up and paid attention when he led England to their first ODI World Cup in 2019. In 89 T20Is, Morgan has scored 2138 runs at an average of 30.99 and a strike rate of 137.49 with 13 half-centuries, including the top score of 91. In 52 IPL matches, he has made 854 runs at 21.35 average and a strike rate of 121.13 with four half-centuries, including his top score of 66. He has added 34 sixes in the IPL to his tally of 105 sixes in T20Is. Morgan got his best T20I score of 91 against New Zealand at Napier in November 2019. His innings propped up the England innings of 241/3. Chasing the target of 242, the Kiwis were bowled out for 165, handing England victory by 76 runs. During his innings, Morgan shared a partnership of 182 with DS Malan. He made his 91 off 41 balls at a strike rate of 221.95 with seven fours and seven sixes.
McCullum who had been already reputed for his big six-hitting skills became a T20 legend when he recorded the highest score of the IPL in his very first game in 2008, the inaugural year of the competition. In 71 T20Is, McCullum has scored 2140 runs at 35.67, a strike rate of 136.22 with two tons and 13 half-centuries, including the top score of 123. In 109 IPL matches, he has made 2880 runs at 27.69 and a strike rate of 131.75 with two tons and 13 half-centuries, including his top score of 158. With 91 sixes recorded in his T20I career, McCullum has added 130 sixes in IPL games. McCullum’s top score of 158 not out in the IPL is the stuff of folklore. It came in the very first match of the competition in the inaugural 2008 season. Playing for Kolkata Knight Riders, McCullum travelled with the squad to Bengaluru for a match against RCB. Batting first, KKR made 222/3, thanks to McCullum’s aggressive knock. In reply, RCB were bowled out for 82 in 15.1 overs, leaving KKR the winners by 140 runs. McCullum’s knock of 158 not out was made off 73 balls at a strike rate of 216.43. He treated every RCB bowler with disdain, including the likes of Zaheer Khan and Kallis, recording 10 fours and 13 sixes in an innings that had remained the highest score in the IPL until it was surpassed by Chris Gayle’s 175 in 2013.
Cricket Australia has recognised Aaron Finch’s white-ball credentials by handing him the captaincy of the Australia squad in the limited-overs games. In 61 T20Is, Finch has scored 1989 runs at an average of 38.25 and a strike rate of 155.88 with two tons and 12 half-centuries, including the top score of 172. In 75 IPL matches, he has made 1737 runs at 25.93, a strike rate of 130.70 with 13 half-centuries, including his top score of 88. Not content with hitting 196 sixes in T20Is, Finch has hit 176 sixes in the IPL games. Finch registered his most impressive T20 innings against Zimbabwe in Harare in July 2018. Australia batted first and piled up a score of 229/2 thanks to Finch’s belligerent knock. Zimbabwe made 129/9 in reply, handing Australia a 100-run victory. Finch shared an opening partnership of 223 with D’Arcy Short, in the process of scoring 172 off 76 balls with a strike rate of 226.31. He had 16 fours and 10 sixes in his knock.
David Warner’s exploits with the bat in all formats of the game in the last decade have spoken loud and clear, making the Aussie opener one of the most feared batsmen in the world. In 79 T20Is, Warner has scored 2207 runs at an average of 31.53 and a strike rate of 140.48 with one ton and 17 half-centuries, including the top score of 100. In 126 IPL matches, he has made 4706 runs at 43.17, a strike rate of 142.39 with four tons and 44 half-centuries, including his top score of 126. To his already high tally of 215 sixes in T20Is, Warner has added 459 more sixes in the IPL. His biggest display of six-hitting came when his team, Sunrisers Hyderabad, clashed with Kolkata Knight Riders at Hyderabad in April 2017. Batting first, SH posted a huge score of 209/3 in their allotted twenty overs, thanks to Warner’s aggressive knock. In reply, KKR managed to score only 161/7. During his innings, Warner partnered Dhawan in a 139-run opening stand. When Warner got out the scoreboard read 171/2 in 16.2 overs. Warner scored his 126 off 59 balls at a strike rate of 213.55 with 10 fours and eight sixes.
While Shane Watson was acknowledged as an all-rounder, his batting skills alone would have allowed him to walk into any international side in his prime. He has shone in all formats but his penchant for big hitting has made him the man to watch in white-ball games. In 58 T20Is, Watson has scored 1462 runs at an average of 29.24 and a strike rate of 145.33 with one ton and 10 half-centuries, including his top score of 124. In 134 IPL matches, he has made 3575 runs at 31.09, a strike rate of 139.54 with four tons and 19 half-centuries, including the top score of 117. Watson has embellished his aggregate of 83 sixes in T20Is with 177 sixes in IPL matches. He registered his most aggressive innings in the IPL when, playing for CSK, he came good against the bowlers of Sunrisers Hyderabad in May 2018. Batting first, Sunrisers made 178/6. CSK cruised to the target thanks to Watson’s brilliant innings of 117 off 57 balls at a strike rate of 205.26. During his innings, Watson scored 11 fours and eight sixes.
Maxwell’s six-hitting exploits have made him an automatic choice for Australia in white-ball games. Likewise, in the IPL, he has made several match-winning efforts characterised by sixes that go soaring over the fence. In 61 T20Is, Watson has scored 1576 runs at 35.02 and a strike rate of 160.00 with three tons and seven half-centuries, including his top score of 145. In 69 IPL matches, he has made 1397 runs at an average of 22.9 and a strike rate of 161.13 with six half-centuries, including the top score of 95. Maxwell has hit 81 sixes in T20Is and added 91 more such sixes in the IPL. Maxwell registered his most devastating innings at Pallikele against Sri Lanka in a T20I played in September 2016. He opened the innings for Australia who batted first and helped his side to an aggregate score of 263/3. In reply, Sri Lanka could manage only 178/9. During his knock, Maxwell enjoyed a 97-run partnership with Usman Khawaja. He made his 145 runs off 65 balls at a strike rate of 223.07. The innings was embellished with 14 boundaries and nine sixes.
|Batsman||Match||Not Out||Runs||Highest Score||Average||100||50||4s||6s|
|CH Gayle (WI)||58||4||1627||117||32.54||2||13||138||105|
|MJ Guptill (NZ)||76||7||2272||105||33.91||2||14||200||103|
|RG Sharma (INDIA)||94||14||2331||118||32.37||4||16||207||102|
|C Munro (NZ)||52||7||1411||109*||33.59||3||9||104||92|
|BB McCullum (NZ)||71||10||2140||123||35.66||2||13||199||91|
|SR Watson (AUS)||58||6||1462||124*||29.24||1||10||115||83|
|AJ Finch (AUS)||52||7||1671||172||37.13||2||9||161||79|
|DA Warner (AUS)||70||3||1792||90*||26.74||0||13||172||79|
|GJ Maxwell (AUS)||59||9||1514||145*||34.40||3||6||126||78|
|EJG Morgan (ENG)||80||15||1753||85*||27.82||0||9||131||78|
|Yuvraj Singh (INDIA)||58||9||1177||77*||28.02||0||8||77||74|
|Shahid Afridi (PAK)||99||12||1416||54*||17.92||0||4||103||73|
|Mohammad Shahzad (AFG)||65||3||1936||118*||31.22||1||12||218||72|
|JP Duminy (SA)||81||25||1934||96*||38.68||0||11||138||71|
|MN Samuels (WI)||67||10||1611||89*||29.29||0||10||144||69|
|Mohammad Nabi (AFG)||68||10||1161||89||21.90||0||3||78||66|
|NLTC Perera (SL)||79||21||1169||61||23.85||0||3||87||62|
|Shoaib Malik (PAK)||111||30||2263||75||30.58||0||7||186||61|
|AB de Villiers (SA)||78||11||1672||79*||26.12||0||10||140||60|
|LRPL Taylor (NZ)||88||19||1579||63||25.88||0||5||100||59|
|H Masakadza (ZIM)||58||2||1516||93*||27.07||0||10||139||58|
|SK Raina (INDIA)||78||11||1605||101||29.18||1||5||145||58|
|DA Miller (World)||70||18||1291||101*||30.02||1||2||91||56|
|AD Hales (ENG)||60||7||1644||116*||31.01||1||8||175||55|
|Umar Akmal (PAK)||82||14||1690||94||26.82||0||8||122||55|
|E Lewis (WI)||20||1||637||125*||33.52||2||4||38||54|
|V Kohli (INDIA)||67||17||2263||90*||50.28||0||20||223||54|
|Asghar Afghan (AFG)||59||4||1056||62||21.55||0||3||63||53|
|JC Buttler (ENG)||66||11||1260||73*||26.80||0||7||102||53|
|MS Dhoni (INDIA)||98||42||1617||56||37.60||0||2||116||52|
|Mohammad Hafeez (PAK)||89||8||1908||86||24.46||0||10||196||51|
|DJ Bravo (WI)||66||12||1142||66*||24.29||0||4||67||49|
|E Chigumbura (ZIM)||53||9||823||54*||19.13||0||3||58||48|
|KJ O’Brien (IRE)||73||10||1021||74||18.23||0||2||68||46|
|F du Plessis (SA)||44||6||1363||119||35.86||1||8||126||45|
|CL White (AUS)||47||14||984||85*||32.80||0||5||71||44|
|PR Stirling (IRE)||58||4||1433||91||27.03||0||11||176||44|
|Shaiman Anwar (UAE)||32||3||971||117*||33.48||1||6||75||43|
|S Dhawan (INDIA)||50||3||1310||92||28.47||0||9||144||42|
|KL Rahul (INDIA)||27||4||879||110*||43.95||2||5||76||41|
|Tamim Iqbal (BDESH)||75||5||1613||103*||23.04||1||6||174||41|
|KA Pollard (WI)||59||10||788||63*||19.70||0||2||56||40|
|MDKJ Perera (SL)||36||0||1046||84||29.05||0||10||105||39|
|JA Morkel (SA)||50||11||572||43||21.18||0||0||29||39|
|Najibullah Zadran (AFG)||50||16||764||60*||30.56||0||2||50||39|
|ADS Fletcher (WI)||42||4||765||84*||21.25||0||6||54||37|
|Samiullah Shinwari (AFG)||62||10||985||61||21.88||0||2||73||37|
|KJ Coetzer (SCOT)||48||2||1113||74||25.29||0||4||115||36|
|JJ Roy (ENG)||32||0||743||78||23.21||0||4||75||35|
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