Gone are the days when hitting sixes were not that important for teams to win matches. In today’s era of T20 cricket, the ones who hit the cleanest of sixes are being taken into consideration more than the stylish looking batsmen with the conventional old technique. With only 120 balls to play for a team, it’s vital for them to have players who have the ability to hit maximums and change the course of the game in a very short period of time.
Each team today looks to have at least 2-3 fearless batsmen with an aggressive style of play in a bid to post a huge total on the board.
Over the years, in T20 world cups, we have seen numerous players hitting some huge sixes and entertain the crowd. And on that note, let’s take a look at the top 5 players who have hit the most number of sixes in T20 world cups:
#1 Chris Gayle
The West Indies legendary cricketer, Chris Gayle is unarguably the ambassador of T20 cricket. Gayle has an exceptional record in T20 World Cups. He has been around right since the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup.
He has represented West Indies 28 T20 World Cup matches and also helped the team win 2 World Cup titles, the most by any country.
Chris Gayle has scored 920 runs in T20 World Cups, averaging 40.00 and a strike rate of 146.73.
Gayle tops the chart of maximum sixes in T20 World Cups with as many as 60 sixes to his name.
#2 Yuvraj Singh
The left-handed Indian batsman is one of the best cricketers of all-time. Yuvraj Singh was unarguably the man of big tournaments. The Indian cricketer played a significant role in helping India win their maiden T20 World Cup title and 2011 World Cup title.
His 30-ball 70 run innings in the 2007 T20 World Cup semi-final game against Australia has to be one of the best T20 innings of all-time. Yuvraj Singh sits at the second position in the list of most number of sixes in T20 World Cup.
Yuvraj Singh hit 33 sixes in his T20 World Cup career. He has 593 runs to his name in 31 matches in T20 World Cup.
#3 Shane Watson
The former Australian batsman proudly features at the third position in the list. He was part of the Australian cricket team since the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup. Watson has retired from an International career but still plays actively in franchise T20 tournaments around the world.
Shane Watson has hit 537 runs in 24 T20 world cup matches he played in his career.
He has 31 sixes to his name in the T20 World Cups.
#4 AB de Villiers
The Mr. 360 cricketer is right up there in top 5 with 30 sixes to his name in T20 World Cups.
AB de Villiers is counted as one of the best batsmen in today’s generation. Known for his unconventional shots, the South African batsman can rip apart any bowling line up on his day. De Villiers has a lot more records to his name in T20 cricket.
The South African cricketer has played thirty matches in his T20 World Cup career in which he has scored 717 runs with the highest score of 79 not out.
AB De Villiers has been one of the most destructive batsmen in the T20 World Cups held over the years, as his strike rate of 143.40 suggests.
#5 Mahela Jayawardene
You might not have expected this, but the legendary Sri Lanka batsman does feature in the list of maximum sixes at fifth position. Mahela Jayawardene was exemplary in the first three seasons of the T20 World Cup.
The Sri Lankan cricketer has as many as 1016 runs in T20 World Cups, which isn’t a small feat to achieve.
Jayawardene has 25 sixes to his name which makes him sit at the fifth in the list of top 5 batsmen in the list of most number of sixes in T20 World Cup.
Mahela played 448 one-day matches and 149 test matches in his international career in which he scored 12,650 and 11,814 runs respectively.