Most Sixes in Test Cricket

Virender Sehwag Most Sixes in Test Cricket

Batsmen with Most Sixes in Test Cricket


There is nothing more entertaining for the crowd in the stadium other than witnessing some big sixes being hit all around the park. Although the view is common in limited-overs cricket, it is pretty much less in Tests.

Test matches- the purest form of the game, are seemingly known for batting slowly for long periods of time, piling on runs while taking minimal risks.

The batsmen are cautious in their approach and unlike T20s or ODIs, the sight of ball clearing the boundary rope is pretty less in red-ball cricket. But, there have been batsmen in Test history who broke the conservative approach and were sanguine enough to use the long handle.

In this list, we will have a look at the players who have hit the most sixes in the history of Test cricket.


#5 Virender Sehwag (91 Sixes)

Virendra Sehwag Most Sixes in Test Cricket

The former Indian opener was very aggressive in his approach. One of the most destructive batsmen of the 21st century, he is also the record holder of 2 Test triple hundreds.

The flamboyant Indian opener could hit boundaries from the word go. Hitting six when on 295, pretty much describes his fearless approach towards the game.

The world record holder of the fastest 300 in terms of ball faced, he missed out on his third triple ton when he was dismissed on 293 against Sri Lanka in 2009.

During his Test career which spanned almost 12 years, he scored 8586 runs in 180 innings. Virender Sehwag hit 91 sixes in his career.


#4 Jacques Kallis (97 Sixes)

Jacques Kallis Most Sixes in Test Cricket

Arguably the greatest all-rounder of all time, Jacques Kallis was a precious asset to the South African team. Consistent with both bat and ball in limited-overs as well as Tests, Kallis is an inspiration to many budding all-rounders.

13,289 Test runs at an average of 55.37 with 45 centuries and 292 Test wickets in 166 games in 18 years long illustrious Test career, gives an adequate glimpse of the powerhouse that Kallis was.

He hit 97 sixes in his Test career and ranks 4th in the all-time list.


#3 Chris Gayle (98 Sixes)


The destructive West Indian opener is one of the few batsmen, who, when on the song, makes Tests and T20s look-alike with his six-hitting prowess. Best suited for limited-overs cricket, mainly T20s, Gayle has some record to cherish about in Tests too. He has hit the first ball of the inning for six in Tests. He achieved this feat against Bangladesh in 2012.

Chris Gayle is the only active cricketer to feature in this list. He ranks 3rd in the all-time list with 98 sixes to his name. Although the left-hander has played his last Test in the year 2014, he has not announced his retirement from the format yet.

Given the kind of batsman, Gayle is, he might well break the world record of most sixes in Test Career if he plays a minimum of 5 Tests before retiring.


#2 Adam Gilchrist (100 Sixes)

Adam Gilchrist in tests

The gentleman of the game, Adam Gilchrist is one of the most destructive batsmen ever witnessed by the cricketing world. Gilchrist holds the record for hitting the second most number of sixes in Test Cricket. 

Part of the 3 World Cup-winning Australian team, the southpaw redefined batting in Tests. Coming into bat at No. 7 in Tests, he used to hit boundaries at will.

During his illustrious 12-year international career, Gilchrist represented Australia in 96 Test matches and scored 5,570 runs, which included 17 centuries and 26 half-centuries at a magnificent average of 47.60.

He hit exactly 100 sixes in his Test career before retiring in 2008. He features second in the list.


#1 Brendon McCullum (107 Sixes)

Brendon McCullum Most Sixes in Test Cricket

One of the most loved cricketers across the world, the former New Zealand skipper is one of the greatest batsmen New Zealand has ever produced. He sits at the top of the list of most sixes in Test Cricket. 

An inspirational captain, he led New Zealand to their maiden World Cup final as they finished runners-up in World Cup 2015.

He is the only New Zealand batsman to have scored a triple century in Tests and is the fastest to score a Test century in terms of ball faced.

In the last Test of his career, he smashed the Australian bowlers all around the park after coming in to bat when his team was struggling at 32-3. He scored the fastest ton of Test history in his last test. He achieved this feat by scoring 100 off 54 balls en route to his 79 balls 145.

Brendon McCullum finished with 6453 runs in 101 Tests. He hit 107 sixes in his career before retiring in 2016.