We have witnessed the far-fetched innings and utmost resilience on the ground – from Fakhar Zaman’s maiden century at the Oval in London to Rohit Sharma first-ever double-hundred as a skipper on his second-wedding anniversary in Mohali, as it has been simultaneously another remarkable year for the cricketing world.
What stands out at the top is the consistency in the gentleman’s game that has put the adversity to the standstill and pushed players for marching into the records books with all their might and undying spirit for the game.
In the layman’s language, cricket is not only about going at it hammer and tongs; it is certainly about discipline and the disciple to bring best out in him.
It is further about using the set of skills according to the situation of the game which has had been on display for so long.
Interestingly, the list includes three Indian batsmen who have had racked up the most number of sixes during 2017- the year which has witnessed the teams springing a surprise in the crunch moments of the game.
In the list of the most number of sixes, the England batsman who has grabbed the headlines across the globe is also placed at the fourth position which further makes a list interesting.
Have a look at the numbers.
Rohit Sharma – 46 sixes:
An opening batsman, Rohit Sharma has been pulling out top-notch performances at the top while donning the coloured jersey for Team India and this time around he was the stand-in skipper to make the moment more elusive by smashing the hapless fielders to watch balls sailing over the boundary ropes some 10-20 rows back.
The right-handed batsman Rohit owing to his sublime-run proved to be phenomenal with the bat, as he marks the end of the year 2017 by racking up his magnificent third double-hundred in the second One-day International (ODI) of the three-match series against Sri Lanka at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali on December 13.
The strongly-built Mumbai-based batsman Rohit is a brute force when it comes to the power-hitting and to clear the boundary line with a minimum of the effort.
The incredible and unbeaten knock of 208 was comprised of 12 maximums as he is further extended the lead while topping the charts of 2017 in the most number of sixes in the ODIs.
To make things statistically easier, Rohit collected 46 sixes in 21 ODIs.
Brilliant with the straight bat, the underrated cricketer Rohit scored 1,293 runs in 21 innings – to enjoy the throne for certainly a reason.
Hardik Pandya – 30 sixes:
All-rounder Hardik Pandya seems to have developed a special liking for the slow-bowlers which was visible against arch-rivals Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy final which was held at the Oval on June 18.
Even though Pakistan emerge as victorious by 180 runs to lift the maiden title under Sarfraz Ahmed’s captaincy, but they way clean striker of the ball Pandya raced to 76 off 43 balls had somewhat sent instilled fear among the spinners.
Having the ability to smoke the ball anywhere at the distinct venues, the 23-year-old Pandya smashed six sixes in his quickfire innings which further set the stadium abuzz when India was reeling at six for 72 in 17 overs.
Pandya registered 30 sixes in 28 ODIs, as he has been the regular fixture in the limited-overs for India throughout the rigorous season.
In 19 innings, the right-handed batsman Pandya, who has the decent reach to connect the ball long and high, scored 557 runs in this (2017) year.
Eoin Morgan – 26 sixes:
England One-day international skipper, Eoin Morgan has been the cool and calm customer when it comes to the anchoring of the innings, but when it comes to the flexing of the muscles, he is the man to watch out for during his enterprising innings while donning the national colours.
Having the knack of rotating the strike, Morgan has further been a player to measure the distance with his ability to time-the-ball.
While working hard on his game to improve in the middle-order, Morgan has been rock-solid while opting for the aerial shot.
The prominent batter has been an integral part of the England camp in the limited-overs fold which further saw him been listed in the 2017 list of most number of sixes by a player.
Morgan crunched 30 sixes in 20 matches which further saw him registering 781 runs in 18 innings he has batted for the Three Lions.
Ben Stokes – 24 sixes:
The Durham-based professional cricketer Ben Stokes, who could have most probably changed the state of England’s Ashes downfall before the Joe Root-led side utterly failed to retain the Urn by losing out in the first three Tests miserably,
The batting all-rounder Stokes was marred by the controversy and to be precise the Bristol street-brawl which ultimately led his disqualification from the Ashes squad, and that turned out to be a massive blow for the England and Wales Cricket Board.
However, Stokes has still maintained his position on the list despite being brash and bold sort of a character on the field.
Owing to the rollercoaster ride, the well-built Stokes is listed fourth in smashing most sixes in the calendar year.
While playing just 15 matches, Stokes smashed 24 sixes which subsequently saw him collected 781 runs in 13 innings.
Virat Kohli – 22 sixes:
One thing is pretty sure; you can’t keep Virat Kohli out when it comes to the statistical figures. The 29-year-old batting stalwart has been on a rampage to take on against the best in business in the bowling line-up.
Known for playing his natural game, Kohli has known what the pressure takes when it comes to the chasing of the target.
To be precise, Kohli has failed at times, but he went on to break the slew of numbers across formats, as he made the 50-over game much to his liking to register the staggering numbers while coming to bat early on.
The batting prodigy has been in form to shoulder the responsible whenever his team was in dire straits.
Having all the shots in his book, Kohli has smashed the leather clean as a whistle and literally into the orbit.
In 26 matches, the most in the list we have picked by any player, Kohli registered 22 sixes which further saw him scoring 1460 runs in the same number of innings and such is his story of commitment and dedication respectively.
|RG Sharma (INDIA)||21||1293||208*||46|
|HH Pandya (INDIA)||28||557||83||30|
|EJG Morgan (ENG)||20||781||107||26|
|BA Stokes (ENG)||15||616||102*||24|
|V Kohli (INDIA)||26||1460||131||22|
|MS Dhoni (INDIA)||29||788||134||19|
|MP Stoinis (AUS)||7||341||146*||18|
|PR Stirling (IRE)||16||656||101||18|
|MM Ali (ENG)||17||402||102||17|
|CH Gayle (WI)||6||199||94||15|