Top 10 Batsmen With Highest ODI Sixes in History
When a batsman hits a six, everyone waits with bated breath to see where the ball lands and erupts into loud cheers when it crosses the boundary rope. Here are the top 10 batsmen with the highest ODI sixes.
Batsmen With Highest ODI Sixes in History
In the few countries where cricket is played, a sport is like a religion, and the players are revered like gods. Every shot, every throw of the ball, every shout of appeal on the field is a thrilling experience for the onlookers. One of the most exciting things that can happen in a match is a sixer.
Tsotsobe attempted a yorker to Afridi, which turned out to be a low full-toss, Afridi simply smashed it over Tsotsobe’s head, and it crashed into the fence, and he has crossed the milestone of 300 sixes in one-day internationals after he hit three massive sixes against South Africa in 1st ODI at Bloemfontein on 10th of March 2013. The feat of Boom Boom became a part of cricket history.
10. Ricky Ponting
Total Number of ODI Sixes: 162
ODI Matches Played: 375
Active ODI Cricket Career: 1995 – 2012
In the 10th place on our list of batsmen with the highest ODI sixes is one of the best cricket captains in history, Ricky Ponting. During his tenure between 1995 and 2012, he scored 162 sixes in 365 innings of 375 matches.
During this time, he also scored 1231 ODI fours, and accumulated a total of 13704 runs, at a strike rate of 80.39. He also made a massive 30 centuries in his One Day International career.
9. Rohit Sharma
Total Number of ODI Sixes: 208
ODI Matches Played: 180
Active ODI Cricket Career: 2007 – Present
In the 9th place on our list of batsmen with the Most ODI sixes is the current Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma. During his tenure from 2007 till now, he has also scored 169 sixes, but in 174 innings of 180 matches, which puts him ahead of Ponting.
During this time, he also scored 570 ODI fours, and accumulated a total of 6594 runs, at a strike rate of 86.96. He also made 17 centuries in his One Day International career till now.
8. Sourav Ganguly
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Total Number of ODI Sixes: 190
ODI Matches Played: 311
Active ODI Cricket Career: 1992 – 2007
In the 8th place on our list of batsmen with the highest ODI sixes is the former Indian cricketer Sourav Ganguly. During his tenure between 1992 and 2007, he scored 190 sixes in 300 innings of 311 matches.
During this time, he also scored 1122 ODI fours, and accumulated a total of 11363 runs, at a strike rate of 73.70. One of the greatest left-handed batsmen of all time, Ganguly, also made 22 centuries in his One Day International career.
7. Sachin Tendulkar
Total Number of ODI Sixes: 195
ODI Matches Played: 463
Active ODI Cricket Career: 1989 – 2012
In the 7th place on our list of batsmen with the highest ODI sixes is the former Indian master blaster Sachin Tendulkar. One of the greatest cricketers of all time, Sachin, earned praises for being the greatest batsman of his time.
During his tenure between 1989 and 2012, he scored 195 sixes in 452 innings of 463 matches. During this time, he also scored 2016 ODI fours, and accumulated a total of 18426 runs, at a strike rate of 86.23. He also made a massive 49 centuries in his One Day International career.
6. Brendon McCullum
Total Number of ODI Sixes: 200
ODI Matches Played: 260
Active ODI Cricket Career: 2002 – 2016
In the 6th place on our list of batsmen with the Most Number of ODI sixes is the former New Zealand cricketer Brendon McCullum. During his tenure between 2002 and 2016, he scored 200 sixes in 228 innings of 260 matches.
During this time, he also scored 577 ODI fours, and accumulated a total of 6083 runs, at a strike rate of 96.37. He also made 5 centuries in his One Day International career.
5. AB de Villiers
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Total Number of ODI Sixes: 208
ODI Matches Played: 228
Active ODI Cricket Career: 2005 – 2018
In the 5th place on our list of batsmen with the highest ODI sixes is the current South African cricketer AB de Villiers. During his tenure from 2005 to 2018, he scored 204 sixes in 218 innings of 228 ODI matches.
During this time, he also scored 840 ODI fours, and accumulated a total of 9577 runs, at a strike rate of 101.09. He also made a massive 25 centuries in his One Day International career.
4. MS Dhoni
Total Number of ODI Sixes: 217
ODI Matches Played: 318
Active ODI Cricket Career: 2004 – 2018
In the 4th place on our list of batsmen with the highest ODI sixes is the current Indian cricketer MS Dhoni. During his tenure from 2004 to 2018, he scored 217 sixes in 272 innings of 318 matches. During this time, he also scored 770 ODI fours, and accumulated a total of 9967 runs, at a strike rate of 88.40.
He also made 10 centuries in his One Day International career. One of the greatest captains of all time, Dhoni, is widely known for his trademark ‘Helicopter Shot’ with which he scored several biggest sixes.
3. Chris Gayle
Total Number of ODI Sixes: 267
ODI Matches Played: 281
Active ODI Cricket Career: 1999 – Present
In the 3rd place on our list of batsmen with the highest ODI sixes is the current West Indian cricketer Chris Gayle. During his tenure from 1999 till now, he scored 267 sixes in 276 innings of 281 ODI matches.
During this time, he also scored 1063 ODI boundaries, and accumulated a total of 9585 runs, at a strike rate of 85.61. He also made 23 centuries in his One Day International career.
2. Sanath Jayasuriya
Total Number of ODI Sixes: 270
ODI Matches Played: 445
Active ODI Cricket Career: 1989 – 2011
In the 2nd place on our list of batsmen with the highest ODI sixes is one of the best all-rounders of all time, Sanath Jayasuriya. During his tenure between 1989 and 2011, he scored 270 sixes in 433 innings of 445 matches.
During this time, he also scored 1500 ODI fours, and accumulated a total of 13430 runs, at a strike rate of 91.20. He also made a massive 28 centuries in his One Day International career.
1. Shahid Afridi
Total Number of ODI Sixes: 351
ODI Matches Played: 398
Active ODI Cricket Career: 1996 – 2015
At the top of our list of batsmen with the Most ODI sixes in History is the former Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi. During his tenure between 1996 and 2015, he scored 351 sixes in 369 innings of 398 matches. During this time, he also scored 730 ODI fours, and accumulated a total of 8064 runs, at a strike rate of 117.00.
He also made 6 centuries in his One Day International career. Boom Boom is also the leader of the top 10 longest sixes in cricket history. He smashed the biggest six of cricket history against South Africa.
You may also like to take a view of the list of most sixes in an innings of ODI by a player. Rohit Sharma and AB de Villiers are the leader of that list with 16 sixes each. Here is another interesting list of the fastest ODI 100, which is controlled by Mr perfect of cricket, AB de Villiers.
Top 10 Highest Wickets Takers ODI’s Cricket | Most ODI Wickets
Everyone loves the batsmen. They hit the sixers and boundaries; they make the crowd go crazy. But, whom do the batsmen fear? The bowlers, of course, have the power to send them to the green room. When they send a batsman out of the game and take a wicket, it’s a step closer to victory for his team. Let’s take a look at the countdown of the highest wickets takers ODI’s cricket.
Highest Wickets Takers ODI’s
Here is the list of the top 10 highest wickets takers in ODI. M Muralitharan, ahead of all, took 534 wickets in his incredible ODI career, more than any bowler in the history of this format. Shahid Afridi also secures his position at No: 8 with 348 wickets. (two “W”s) Waseem and Waqar are together on the list also, like they were in team Pakistan.
10. Sanath Jayasuriya
ODI Matches Played: 445
Total ODI Wickets: 323
Best Bowling: 6/29
In the 10th place on the list of highest wickets takers in ODI’s cricket is Sanath Jayasuriya, the former Sri Lankan player who is considered as one of the best all-rounders in cricket. During his career as a slow left-arm orthodox bowler from 1989 to 2011, he has acquired 323 wickets, having played in 368 innings in 445 matches.
He has delivered 14874 balls, and given 11871 runs, and thus has a Bowling Average of 36.75 and an Economy Rate of 4.78. He was also among the best batsmen in cricket’s history.
9. Anil Kumble
ODI Matches Played: 271
Total ODI Wickets: 337
Best Bowling: 6/12
The next place on the list belongs to Anil Kumble, the former Indian Right-arm leg-break bowler, known for his mature and steady performances for the team, during his career from 1990 to 2007. He has played in 265 innings in 271 One Day International matches, he took a record of 337 wickets by delivering 10412 runs in 14496 balls.
He has a Bowling Average is 30.89, while his Economy Rate is 4.30. One of the best bowlers the team has had, Kumble is among 4 Indian players to be included in the ICC Hall of Fame.
8. Brett Lee
ODI Matches Played: 221
Total ODI Wickets: 380
Best Bowling: 5/22
Former Australian heartthrob Brett Lee is in 8th place on the list of cricketers with the highest number of wickets in ODI. This right-arm fast bowler appeared in 217 of 221 games during his ODI career from 2000 to 2012 and took a massive 380 wickets.
He delivered 11185 balls during this time, and gave 8877 runs in the process, thus acquiring a bowling average of 23.36, and an Economy Rate of 4.76. Lee was among the fastest bowlers, with his highest speed at 161.1 kph, behind Shoaib Akhtar’s 161.4 kph.
7. Glenn McGrath
ODI Matches Played: 250
Total ODI Wickets: 381
Best Bowling: 7/15
Former right-arm fast-medium bowler, Glenn McGrath, is the second Australian player to secure a place on the list of highest wickets takers ODI’s cricket, with an impressive 381 wickets secured in 248 innings in 250 ODI games during his One Day International career between 1993 and 2007. During this time, he delivered 12970 balls and gave 8391 runs.
He thus had a bowling average of 22.02 and an Economy Rate of 3.88. He is one of the biggest contributors to Australia’s dominance in the cricketing world in the 90s.
6. Shaun Pollock
ODI Matches Played: 303
Total ODI Wickets: 393
Best Bowling: 6/35
One of the best all-rounders Shaun Pollock, the former South African cricketer, who represented his team in world cricket as a right-arm fast-medium bowler, is in the 6th place on the list of the highest wickets takers ODI’s. He took an incredible 393 wickets while appearing in 297 innings in 303 matches, during his ODI career from 1996 to 2008.
He gave 9631 runs in 15712 balls and had a Bowling Average of 24.50, and an Economy rate of 3.67. Pollock was a genuine all-rounder, and one of the most intimidating bowlers.
5. Shahid Afridi
ODI Matches Played: 398
Total ODI Wickets: 395
Best Bowling: 7/12
In 5th place on this countdown is Shahid Afridi, the former cricketing star of Pakistan, who was one of the most dangerous hard-hitters in cricket history. As a right-arm leg spinner, Afridi played for his team from 1996 to 2015 and played in 372 innings in 398 games, during which he took a record 395 wickets.
He delivered 13632 runs in 17670 balls during this time and acquired a Bowling Average of 34.51 and an Economy Rate of 4.62. Afridi himself thinks that he was a better bowler than a batsman, Even though the world seems to believe otherwise.
4. Chaminda Vaas
ODI Matches Played: 322
Total ODI Wickets: 400
Best Bowling: 8/19
Former cricketing superhero, Chaminda, is yet another player from Sri Lanka on the list of highest wickets takers in ODI’s cricket. This left-arm fast-medium bowler played for his team between 1994 and 2008. He appeared in 320 innings of 322 ODI matches and took a stunning 400 wickets.
Vaas gave 11014 runs by delivering 15775 balls during this time, and thus has a Bowling Average of 27.53 and an Economy Rate of 4.18. He is the only bowler with a bowler to take an 8-wicket haul in ODI.
3. Waqar Younis
ODI Matches Played: 262
Total ODI Wickets: 416
Best Bowling: 7/36
Former Pakistani cricketer Waqar Younis is yet another Pakistani on this countdown, and is the third player among players with most ODIs wickets, with an amazing 416 wickets which he secured in his ODI career from 1989 to 2003, during which he performed in 258 innings in 262 matches.
He gave 9919 in 12698 balls. He has a Bowling Average of 23.84, while his Economic Rate is 4.68. This right-arm fast bowler is considered one of the best cricketers in the history of the sport, for his much-feared attacks.
2. Wasim Akram
ODI Matches Played: 356
Total ODI Wickets: 502
Best Bowling: 5/15
Yet another former player from Pakistan. and one of the Greatest Fast Bowler on the countdown of bowlers with the highest wickets in ODI cricket, Wasim Akram has an unreal 502 wickets, which he secured in 351 innings in 356 matches, during his ODI career from 1984 to 2003.
He delivered 18186 balls in ODI matches, gave 11812 runs, and thus has a Bowling Average of 23.52, along with an Economic Rate of 3.89. The left-arm fast bowler is noted for his reverse swing bowling, of which he is considered as one of the founders.
1. Muttiah Muralitharan
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ODI Matches Played: 350
Total ODI Wickets: 534
Best Bowling: 7/30
With 534 wickets, Sri Lanka’s former right-arm off-break bowler Muttiah Muralitharan leads the list of highest wickets takers in ODI’s cricket. He represented his team from 1993 to 2011. During that time, he played in 341 innings of 350 matches of One Day International cricket.
He delivered 18811 balls during this time and gave 12326 runs. He got a Bowling Average of 23.08, along with an economy rate of 3.93. The only Sri Lankan on the ICC Hall of Fame, this player is also one of the best spin bowlers of all time.
These bowlers have created almost unbeatable records in wicket-taking in One Day International cricket, and have set really high standards for the current and future cricketers to become the highest wicket-takers in ODI’s cricket.
Women's World Cup 2022: Shafali Verma’s chance to convert her spark into a raging fire in ODI mega event
A couple of years ago at the Women’s T20 World Cup, Shafali Verma was the talk of the town. The teenager, who had only made her debut in 2019, was treating each bowler she faced with disdain and was showcasing the kind of conviction usually associated with a seasoned campaigner.
Throughout that tournament, Shafali provided excellent starts for the Indian women’s cricket team. For a large chunk of the competition, she batted alongside Smriti Mandhana. Yet, at times, she managed to overshadow her more illustrious teammate, highlighting how exceptionally talented she was.
Her stock, as far as T20 cricket is concerned, hasn’t dropped. If anything, she has surveyed the franchise cricket world and has conquered whatever challenge has been kept in front of her. In T20Is, she hasn’t set the world alight and averages only 25. But her strike rate, which hovers around 141 is the best in the business.
ODI cricket, though, hasn’t exactly gone to plan for Shafali. It took India nearly two years to trust Shafali with a role at the top of the order. The right-handed batter only made her debut against England at Bristol. Unfortunately, she has not been able to repay the team management’s faith — denoted by an average of 23.63 and a strike rate of 75.14.
Recently, too, she has only shown glimpses of the potential she has. Against New Zealand, she notched up a delightful half-century in the third ODI. In the remaining games, however, she failed to cross 25, her next highest score being 24. She was also dismissed for a duck against the West Indies in India’s second warm-up game and didn’t look in great rhythm against South Africa either.
Thus, on form, there isn’t a lot to prompt India to stick with Shafali at the top of the order, especially with the alternatives at their disposal. Under ordinary circumstances, it would be a pretty easy decision too, considering Shafali is very inexperienced and might find it tough to handle the pressure of a World Cup.
But these yardsticks don’t apply to a cricketer of her ilk. While India have only been treated to fleeting glances of her brilliance, there is no denying that she provides impetus at the top of the order — something India have lacked in the past couple of years.
The biggest challenge for Shafali at this World Cup could be identifying a requisite tempo for herself. In the shortest format, she blazes away at a million miles per hour, striking at more than 140. A strike rate of 75.14 in ODIs, however, indicates that she is struggling to choose her moments to attack.
At times, she has been too eager to transfer the pressure onto the bowlers. On other occasions, she has got so bogged down that an ugly swipe across the line has become inevitable.
Yet, whenever she has gotten going, it has seemed as if Shafali is indeed the final piece in India’s ODI jigsaw. Not just because she can rip bowling attacks to shreds, but also because she is a genuine match-winner.
So, India are in a bit of a catch-22 situation. They know what Shafali is capable of but aren’t certain if she can be backed throughout a high-pressure event such as the World Cup. From India’s perspective, it is imperative that she is given the platform and the backing to succeed.
Almost everyone in the cricketing community knows the destruction she can cause with the willow. The onus, however, is on Shafali to prove that she can inflict such damage consistently. Most teenagers, especially with a middling ODI record, wouldn’t warrant such faith.
Shafali, though, has a spark to her batting — a spark that India would hope gets converted into a raging fire at the Women’s World Cup. And, of course, provides them with the momentum they crave at the top of the order.