Rohit Sharma Overtakes Shahid Afridi To Become 2nd Highest Six Hitter In International Cricket

India captain Rohit Sharma became the second highest six-hitter in international cricket, overtaking Pakistani Shahid Afridi, thanks to his three maximums in the ongoing fourth T20I between West Indies and India being played at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, in Lauderhill, Florida on August 6, 2022.

India currently leads the five-match series 2-1 and the last two T20I matches will be played in Florida back-to-back on August 6 and 7. Rohit Sharma had to retire hurt in the third T20I after suffering from a back spasm and there were question marks over his availability for this fourth T20I match against the West Indies.

However, he was seen doing warmups and came out for the toss, which was delayed by 45 mins due to rain and wet outfield. West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran won the toss and chose to field first and revealed that the Men in Maroon were coming into this match unchanged.

India, on the other hand, made three changes bringing in Sanju Samson for Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi for R Ashwin, and Axar Patel for Hardik Pandya in the playing XI from the last match.

Nicholas Pooran and Rohit Sharma. Image: Twitter

Rohit Sharma Becomes The Second Highest Six Hitter In International Cricket; Just Behind Chris Gayle

Rohit Sharma came out all guns blazing and entertained the entire crowd at the Ford Lauderhill cricket ground with his stroke play. He was brutal on the hero of the second T20I win, Obed McCoy as well, hitting him for a huge six.

Rohit Sharma of India (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
Rohit Sharma of India (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

He made 33 runs in just 16 balls and was looking set for more runs before he was bowled by Akeal Hossein. During his knock, he hit 2 fours and 3 sixes. And thanks to his three sixes, he left behind Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi in the list of the most six hitters in international cricket to move to the second spot.

Pakistan national team
Shahid Afridi[photo: Twitter]

Afridi had hit 476 sixes in his career from 1996-2018 with 52 maximums in 27 Tests, 351 sixes in 398 ODIs, and 73 sixes in 99 T20I matches. Rohit Sharma now has 477 sixes to his name, with 64 of them coming in 45 Tests, 250 sixes in ODI cricket, and 163 sixes in 131 T20Is.

Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle. (Credits: Twitter)

However, the player on the numero uno spot is West Indian Chris Gayle, who has 553 sixes to his name. He hit 98 sixes in 103 Tests, 331 sixes in 301 ODIs, and 124 sixes in 79 T20I matches for the Men in Maroon from 1999-2021.

Here are the top five six hitters in international cricket:

  1. Chris Gayle (WI) -533
  2. Rohit Sharma (IND)- 477
  3. Shahid Afridi (PAK)- 476
  4. Brendon McCullum (NZ)- 398
  5. Martin Guptill (NZ)- 379

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