Top 10 Longest Six in Cricket History
It's no wonder that massive blockbusters excite fans and become hot topics for years to come. Interestingly, several former cricketers and pundits have stated that such big hits should be given extra credit. Still, the precision and reliability of technology, which is constantly under review when measuring such distances, has never given these arguments any weight. It's always enjoyable to reminisce about some of the game's most memorable moments, so let's look at the longest sixes ever hit in international cricket.
1. Shahid Afridi || 153 meters vs. South Africa
Afridi is usually regarded as one of cricket's most dangerous players. Afridi was an all-rounder who bowled leg-spin and was known for his aggressive hitting. Afridi was also a global record holder for the fastest ODI century, achieving 37 deliveries. Corey Anderson shattered the record, which had stood for 17 years. Shahid Afridi is a name that consistently appears at the top of lists like these, and it's no surprise that he holds the record for the longest six hits in international cricket. For the distance it covered, this six he smashed off Ryan McLaren is one of the most talked-about sixes in cricket history.
2. Brett Lee || 130 meters vs. England
Brett Lee was a member of the Australian squad that won the World Cup in 2003. He made his Test debut in 1999 and announced his retirement from international cricket on July 12, 2012. Lee concluded his Test career with 310 wickets and 380 wickets in One Day Internationals. From 2000 to 2009, only Muttiah Muralitharan got more ODI wickets than Lee, regarded as one of the finest bowlers of his period. Among the many entries on our list of longest sixes, few are as well-remembered as Brett Lee's tremendous strike against West Indies, which came from the most unlikely places. In this game, Brett Lee contributed 47 runs for the home team at the Gabba, but the only six he hit in this at-bat is remembered to this day.
The one that comes to mind is the 2005 Ashes Test at Edgbaston, where he came close to saving Australia from a dismal situation in what turned out to be a gripping thriller of a game. Despite being an aggressive character, Lee rarely allowed his emotions to get the best of him on the field. He enjoyed taking on opponents, but he was also a gracious loser when things didn't go his way, frequently accepting defeat with his signature grin. Lee was a gentleman off the field and had good camaraderie with opposing players. He was also one of the few Australian players who was liked in India.
3. Martin Guptill || 127 meters vs South Africa
Guptill is the first New Zealand cricketer and the sixth overall to make a double century in a One Day International match. His 237 not-out holds the highest individual score in Cricket World Cup matches and the second-best score in One Day Internationals. Guptill's left foot has only two toes. He lost three toes in a forklift accident when 13 years old. He is known as "Two Toes" within the New Zealand cricket team. Martin Guptill of New Zealand is an unsurprising name on this list, having dazzled cricket fans with his incredible power-hitting on numerous occasions. In a T20I match against South Africa in 2012, he smashed possibly the greatest six of his career against Lonwabo Tsotsobe.
Martin Guptill's ODI average is 43.51, while his World Cup average is 57. The main disadvantage is that the opener has scored these runs against teams with a weak bowling attack. He's had to contend with teams like Australia, South Africa, and England. Guptill will face all of the teams in the World Cup at least once, so he must ensure that he gets runs against the weaker opponents and the heavyweights.
4. Liam Livingstone || 122 meters vs. Pakistan
Livingstone attracted public attention on April 19, 2015, when he scored 350 off 138 balls for his club team Nantwich, which was claimed to be one of the highest individual scores in one-day cricket history. In the opening game of the 2016 season, Livingstone made his first-class debut for Lancashire. He was handed his county cap on April 24, 2017, after leading Lancashire to their first victory of the 2017 season as stand-in captain. Liam Livingstone is one of England's most highly regarded shorter-format cricketers, and he has frequently demonstrated his exceptional ability. Last year, during the second T20I against Pakistan at Headingley, Livingstone smoked Haris Rauf for a 122m six that flew out of the stadium.
5. Corey Anderson || 122 meters vs. India
After being picked in the T20I and ODI squads for the 2012-13 tour of South Africa, Anderson made his debut for New Zealand in a T20 international against South Africa on December 21, 2012. In 2013, he was included in New Zealand's ODI squad for the Champions Trophy, and on June 16, 2013, he made his ODI debut against England in Cardiff. No cricket fan can forget Corey Anderson's exploits in 2014 when he was at the top of his game. He was in top form, and he held the record for the fastest ODI century for a short time. Anderson hit one of the highest sixes in cricket history during the first ODI against India in 2014.
Anderson's outstanding batsmanship in IPL 7 made him the talk of the tournament. With Mumbai having to chase 190 in 14.3 overs to advance to the next round, Anderson elevated to No. 3 in the batting order and smashed a 44-ball 95 to help them win. Late in 2014, he also played the full Test series against Pakistan in the UAE, where he struck Ahmed Shehzad in the head with a bouncer, resulting in a broken skull. Anderson has been a frequent member of New Zealand's limited-overs selections, and he was also nominated to the World Cup squad in 2015.
6. Mark Waugh || 120 meters vs. New Zealand
Another of Mark's brothers, Dean Waugh, is a cricketer who has represented New South Wales in both first-class and Lists A cricket. Waugh is known as Junior since he is a few minutes younger than his twin brother Steve. His brother has always overshadowed Mark Waugh. He is one of the most underappreciated cricketers in that great Australian team, but he has had his share of memorable moments. Mark Waugh faced Daniel Vettori, strode down the track, and struck the ball 120 meters down the ground at the WACA during New Zealand's 1997 tour of Australia. Waugh's strokeplay has been compared to Stan McCabe, Alan Kippax, Victor Trumper, Charlie Macartney, and Greg Chappell. In contrast, his style has been compared to Stan McCabe, Alan Kippax, Victor Trumper, Charlie Macartney, and Greg Chappell.
7. Yuvraj Singh || 119 meters vs. Australia
Yuvraj was awarded the Arjuna Award, India's second-highest athletic honor, by the Indian government in 2012. He made history by becoming the first player to record a 5-wicket haul and score 50 in the same World Cup match during the 2011 tournament. He took 15 wickets and scored 362 runs during the competition, earning him the man of the tournament award. Yuvraj Singh is widely considered one of cricket's greatest stroke masters. Yuvraj started his ICC T20 World Cup 2007 knock against Australia with a legendary flip, the official record for the greatest six struck by an Indian hitter. Brett Lee raced in a length delivery at over 90 mph, and the left-handed batter flicked it over square leg for a 119-meter six.
Yuvraj worked hard on his fitness over the next several seasons, and despite missing the 2015 World Cup and 2016 World T20, he returned in early 2017 after a great domestic showing. With India's no.4 slot beginning to plague them, Virat Kohli felt the veteran would be a good fit, especially with the Champions Trophy coming up that year. After his recovery, Yuvraj produced a couple of big innings, including a blitzing of Pakistan in the Champions Trophy opener. Yuvraj was one of a few veteran players cut from India's squad after the 2017 Champions Trophy, in which they became runners-up. His fielding suffered a startling decrease, which would have been impossible a decade ago.
8. Mahendra Singh Dhoni || 118 meters vs. New Zealand
Dhoni resigned from international cricket in all formats on August 15, 2020. He was the side captain that won the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. In 2010 and 2016, India won the Asia Cup under his captaincy. On December 30, 2014, he announced his retirement from Test cricket, and in 2017, he stood down as T20I and ODI captain. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is one of the best finishers in ODI cricket history, with the second-highest number of sixes among Indian batters. In the third ODI of India's 2009 tour of New Zealand, the Indian captain smashed a 118-meter six in the 44th over.
The narrative of MS Dhoni and the Chennai Super Kings is a fantastic yellow story. People have been wondering which team would bag the then-Indian skipper since the Indian Premier League concept gained traction among the cricketing community. The Super Kings, operated by a company that understood the intricacies of running sports, recognized they needed a strong leader to build a strong foundation. They made a big splash by signing Dhoni for a staggering 6 crores, the biggest fee. Dhoni was the third greatest run-scorer in 2013, a season in which he faced Mumbai in the final alone. In the Indian Premier League, he was the captain of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). He captained the team to victories in the IPL league in 2010, 2011, 2018, and 2021.
9. Chris Gayle || 116 meters vs. India
Gayle is widely recognized as one of the best Twenty20 cricket batters of all time, and some even consider him the best. He was a key member of West Indies sides that won the ICC Champions Trophy in 2004, the ICC World Twenty20 in 2012, and the ICC World Twenty20 in 2016. Across all three formats of the game, he has set countless records. Chris Gayle is one of the most powerful batsmen in cricket history. The former West Indies captain owns the world record for most sixes hit and produces some of the game's longest sixes. Chris Gayle hit Yusuf Pathan for a 116-meter six during the ICC T20 World Cup group stage match versus India.
The big dollars were expected to flood in at the 2008 auction after he lit up the 2007 World T20 with a magnificent century in his maiden match, and it was KKR gave him his first property with a whopping 800,000 USD. The next three years were a blur, with him announcing his debut with a century, concluding 2011 with 608 runs and the orange cap, 733 runs and the orange cap in 2012, and notching the highest-ever T20 total of 175 against the Pune Warriors in 2013 (which featured a 31-ball century).
10. Ijaz Ahmed || 115 meters vs. India
He smacked Virender Sehwag for a 115m six and crossed one of India's largest stadiums. The visitors were dominant throughout the game, creating havoc on the Indian bowlers and claiming a memorable victory important to Pakistan's Pepsi Cup hopes.