Popularly referred to as the “Gentleman’s game”, cricket is a game of character, class and commitment. Over the years, the sport has evolved beyond the borders of race, gender and countries, and has made a remarkable impact on the lives of people across the globe.
In the cricketing world, technically gifted players have always been held in high regards and there have been various instances where the high-hitting ability has been attributed to the prowess of the player. While it does take some brute force to hit the balls over the boundary line, it’s the perfect blend of power, technique and timing that takes a six to become a shot that goes into the record books.
And, there are only a few players who have the capability to smash the ball in such a way that it would be remembered for years to come. So, at cricketbettingtips.io, we take a look at 10 such players whose hits have had the ball sail into the stands for a breathtaking and memorable maximum.
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Jacob Oram – New Zealand vs Australia, 2005 ODI
A left handed batsman and a right arm medium fast bowler, Jacob Oram was one of New Zealand’s most effective all-rounders during the early 2000s. Several injuries ruined his career to some extent, but he still managed to make his mark in international cricket. Jacob secures the top position in our list, given his mind-blowing six that went over 130 meters. The ball smashed by Jacob travelled enough distance to send the audience in awe.
In the game, New Zealand was chasing a total of 332 set by Australia. And when Stephen Fleming and Nathan Astle failed to post a good total on the scoreboard, the responsibility of bringing their team home successfully laid on the shoulders of Jacob Oram and Scott Styris. They both continued to smash the ball with their bat, and it was during this partnership that Oram hit the ball far beyond the boundary line.
Brett Lee – Australia vs West Indies, 2005 Test
One of the fastest bowlers of all time, Brett Lee was a potent weapon in Australia’s armory during their most prominent period in international cricket. With 310 wickets in 76 matches to his name, Lee finished as the fourth-most successful bowler in the history of Australian cricket.
Besides being an exponent of extreme speed, Brett Lee also holds the record of smashing the ball past the 130-metre mark for a maximum. This time, it was the Windies pacer Rowman Powell who was at the receiving end from Lee that crossed over the boundary rope.
Martin Guptill – New Zealand vs South Africa, T20I 2012
A mystifying strokemaker by design, Martin Guptill has been one of the mainstays of the Kiwi batting side over the years. Guptill is one of the few players who elegantly play the short-arm pull on one leg, and is also one of the best fieldsmen that New Zealand has had in recent times.
In 2012, Guptill showed his true prowess by striking a mighty hit during a T20I against South Africa at the Westpac Stadium, Wellington. And, it was this shot that travelled a distance of 127 meters and got registered in the record books.
Corey Anderson – New Zealand vs India, 2014 ODI
Corey Anderson recently made headlines with his announcement of retiring from the New Zealand team and moving on to play for the USA in international cricket. Anderson has always been known for his powerful hits, but he took it to a whole new level on New Year’s Day 2014 when he scored a century with a 36-ball blitzkrieg against West Indies.
In the same year, Anderson was in talks for having hit a massive six in an ODI match against India. He hit delivery by Mohammed Shami for a distance that was recorded to be a whopping 122 meters. It was Anderson’s innings in that game that helped the Kiwis to walk back with a 24-run win.
Mark Waugh – Australia vs New Zealand, 1997 test.
Australia’s extremely talented batsman, Mark Waugh was known for his ability to hit breathtaking strokes with extreme ease. Mark made his international debut in 1988, but wasn’t quite able to set the cricket world on fire. However, his Test debut in 1991 had a positive effect on his limited-over format game and he started performing well in One Day Internationals as well.
Mark takes the fifth position in this list, for having hit a six that landed past the 120-metre mark. Waugh while batting for Australia in a test match against Australia against New Zealand hit a Daniel Vettori delivery six that broke many records.
Shahid Afridi – Pakistan vs South Africa, 2013 ODI
There’s probably no list in cricketing history that could be completed without the inclusion of one of the most prominent hitters of the ball in modern-day cricket, Shahid Afridi. Pakistan’s all-rounder is as mystifying a player as there ever was, and it can be said the cricketing world will never see another like him.
Afridi takes the 6th spot on our list, thanks to the massive 120 meter six that he hit way back in 2013. On the 4th ball of the 34th over by South Africa’s Ryan McLaren, Afridi smashed a six that went over the roof of the stadium in Johannesburg. The right-handed batsman is still the proud owner of the record for the maximum sixes in ODI cricket.
Yuvraj Singh – India vs Australia, 2007 T20I
Yuvraj Singh was one of the prominent architects behind India’s successful T20 and ODI World Cup campaigns in 2007 and 2011 respectively. With some blistering knocks at various instances, the Chandigarh born has single handedly won many international matches for his side.
In the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup, Yuvraj got his name registered in the record books for his mind-boggling six sixes in Stuart Board’s over against England. But besides the amazing six sixes, Yuvraj also holds the record for having hit a massive six during a 2007 T20 World Cup against Australia. Playing one of his most memorable innings, Yuvraj launched a full-blown attack on the Aussie bowlers and smashed a ball by Brett Lee which travelled a distance of 119 meters.
MS Dhoni – India vs New Zealand, 2009 ODI
Hailing from Jharkhand, MS Dhoni is probably one of the most popular and scrutinized cricketers in India. Under Dhoni’s captaincy, the Indian cricket team has won the top prize in all the three formats: the T20 World Cup in 2007, the 50-over World Cup in 2011 and topping the Test rankings for 18 months starting December 2009.
MS Dhoni is acknowledged as the greatest finishers the game of cricket has ever seen, and the right-handed batsman has the habit of finishing off the matches with stupendous hits. He also holds the record for a 118 meter six, which brings his name into the list at the 8th spot. This mammoth hit was a short-arm jab in an ODI match against New Zealand.
Shahid Afridi – Pakistan vs Australia, 2005 ODI
There’s a reason that Shahid Afridi is one of the most celebrated hitters of the cricket ball in modern-day cricket. The former Pakistani cricketer is highly acknowledged for his six-hitting abilities and this time he is with a 117 meter six that he smashed against the Aussie bowlers in 2005.
During the innings of Pakistan, Afridi had hit many balls over the boundary rope but one delivery was such that it travelled long-enough to bring his name in the record books for the second time.
Chris Gayle – West Indies vs India, 2010 T20I
Given that Gayle holds the record for hitting the most sixes in all formats of international cricket (534 in Test matches, ODI matches and T20Is for West Indies), it’s no surprise that his name also appears in this list of the longest sixes in international cricket.
It was during a World T20 game of West Indies against India that Gayle smashed a delivery by Yusuf Pathan that travelled a distance of 116 meters. The cricket’s master of the six would have wanted to hit the ball even further and it would be no surprise if he does it the next time he hands the bat in a game of international cricket.