Rohit Sharma, India’s all-format captain, recently joined an exclusive club as only the fourth batter in ODI cricket history to hit 250 sixes. Sharma achieved the feat while on his way to a magnificent half-century in the first ODI against England.
Sharma struck 5 sixes on his way to a brilliant 76 runs innings off just 58 balls as India chased down the target of 111 with 10 wickets in hand and more than 30 overs to spare.
The 35-year-old joined the likes of former Pakistan all-rounder, Shahid Afridi, Universe Boss, Chris Gayle, and former Sri Lankan captain, Sanath Jayasuriya, to hit at least 250 sixes in ODIs. Shahid Afridi, is a former Pakistani cricketer and captain of the Pakistan national cricket team.
Shahid Afridi, former Pakistan captain, leads the list of most sixes in ODIs, having struck a total of 351 maximums throughout his illustrious 19-year career in the 50-over format.
Afridi achieved this feat in only 6,892 balls faced, making him one of the most efficient six-hitters in ODI history.
Former West Indian opener Chris Gayle is second on the list of players with the most ODI sixes, having hit 331 across his career. Gayle faced 12,019 balls during his time playing in the ODI format.
Former Sri Lankan all-rounder, Sanath Jayasuriya’s career spanned 22 years, during which time he hit 270 sixes off of 14,725 balls in the 50-over format. Sharma is not far behind Jayasuriya, with 250 sixes to his name off of 10,486 balls in international cricket.
Furthermore, Sharma became the second-fastest batter in the world to hit 250 sixes in terms of balls faced. Sharma achieved the feat in 10,485 balls while Afridi had reached the milestone in only 5,108 balls in ODIs.
Here’s the list of players with the most sixes in ODIs:
|Chris Gayle||West Indies||331||12,019|
|Sanath Jayasuriya||Sri Lanka||270||14,725|