Chris Gayle Equals Shahid Afridi's Record of Maximum International Sixes

Chris Gayle Equals Shahid Afridi’s Record of Maximum International Sixes

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Swashbuckling Windies batsman Chris Gayle has recently equalled former Pakistan’s skipper Shahid Afridi’s record of most number of sixes in the history of international cricket.

Meanwhile, Gayle has been the star for Windies Cricket in recent years. Although he struggled in different formats, Gayle made the 20-over format his own.

The Universe Boss, Gayle, known for his big hitting prowess, he has a few records for hitting sixes in International cricket.

Gayle has featured in only 104 matches across all formats in the last seven years for his country and smashed 198 maximums in this span in only 111 innings.

From his debut in 1999 to 2011, Gayle struck 278 sixes in 412 innings he has played.

This six-hitting rate helped him equal Afridi’s record for most number of sixes by a player in International cricket. At one point, Afridi’s 476 sixes looked like an unbreakable record.

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Shahid Afridi and Chris Gayle are the joint toppers of most international sixes. Credit: Getty Images

However, he failed to take his over the rope despite playing the good hand in the run chase. Windies fell 18 runs short while chasing Bangladesh’s 301 runs in the series decider. As a result, the visitor’s took the series home by a 2-1 margin.

Gayle’s International career seemed to have just cut short when he featured in only six international matches that too in the 2016 WT20 between April 2015 and June 2017.

Chris Gayle, meanwhile, can go past Shahid Afridi when he takes the field for the first T20I against Bangladesh on August 1. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the only batsmen to find a spot in the top five with 342 sixes in 504 matches.

In addition, Rohit Sharma is placed seventh in the list with 291 sixes in 292 matches.

Ankush Das

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