From Chris Gayle to Yuvraj Singh, International cricket has seen many powerful strikers of the ball over the years. In modern-day cricket, power hitters have become integral to a team setup. Their primary role is to get as many boundaries and sixes as possible. This listicle will look at some of the biggest sixes ever hit in international cricket.
3 Martin Guptill- 127m six vs South Africa, 2012
Martin Guptill of New Zealand is an unsurprising name on this list, mesmerising the cricketing audience numerous times with his extraordinary power hitting. For example, during a T20I against South Africa in 2012, he struck the biggest six of his career off Lonwabo Tsotsobe.
The ball was brutally struck over the mid-wicket boundary by Guptill, hitting the roof of the stand before rolling back to the ground. The largest six ever seen in a T20I match is this one.
2 Brett Lee- 130m six vs West Indies, 2005
Brett Lee’s massive strike against West Indies came from the most unlikely sources. Lee contributed 47 runs for the home team at the Gabba in this game, but the only six he hit in this knock are remembered to this day.
Darren Powell delivered a friendly length delivery for Lee to swing his arms at, which landed many miles away. It is the biggest six-hit at the Gabba, one of the world’s largest stadiums. It is the most significant six in Test cricket history as well.
1 Shahid Afridi- 158m vs South Africa, 2013
Unsurprisingly, Shahid Afridi has the longest six hits in international cricket. For the distance it covered, this six he hit off Ryan McLaren is one of the most talked about sixes in cricket history.
Although many argue that it did not travel that far, Shahid Afridi did record a six that travelled 158 meters in Johannesburg. McLaren bowled a length ball in the 35th over of the run chase, and Afridi smashed it ruthlessly out of the Wanderers, hitting him for the biggest six of the match.