One of the most exhilarating sights in cricket is the sight of a perfectly timed six sailing into the stands. This article presents the top 10 batters with the most sixes in World Cup history, who have left an indelible mark with their explosive batting.
List of batters with most sixes in World Cup History
The list of batters with most sixes in ODI world cups has 2 batters each from India, Australia and South Africa. Whereas rest of the 4 batters are from West Indies, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and England. With so many explosive batters in ICC World Cup 2023 may be some new names added into the list after the world cup.
Chris Gayle – West Indies
Known as the “Universe Boss,” Chris Gayle holds the record for the most sixes in World Cup history. Gayle’s towering hits have delighted fans for years, and he has smashed a remarkable 49 sixes across his World Cup campaigns, displaying his raw power and fearless approach at the crease.
AB de Villiers – South Africa
AB de Villiers, renowned for his innovative stroke play, occupies the second spot on this list. The former South African captain showcased his exceptional talent with 37 sixes in World Cup matches. De Villiers’ easy ability to clear the boundaries made him a remarkable batsman.
Ricky Ponting – Australia
Ricky Ponting, one of the most successful captains in World Cup history, was also a prolific six-hitter. The Australian legend ranks 3rd on this list, having smashed 31 sixes during his illustrious World Cup career. Ponting’s aggressive style and impeccable timing made him a formidable force at the crease.
Brendon McCullum – New Zealand
The former New Zealand captain, Brendon McCullum, entertained audiences with his explosive batting. McCullum’s fearless approach allowed him to hit 29 sixes in World Cup matches. His aggressive starts set the tone for New Zealand and left spectators in awe.
Herschelle Gibbs – South Africa
Another South African on this list is Herschelle Gibbs. With his aggressive batting style, Gibbs smoked 28 sixes in his World Cup career. Gibbs is the only man to hit six sixes in an over in an ODI World Cup match. He achieved this remarkable feat in the World Cup 2007 against the Netherlands.
He is arguably the greatest hard hitter of the ball Sri Lanka has ever produced. Sanath Jayasuriya has 27 sixes in his World Cup career. The swashbuckling batter has a World Cup batting strike rate of 90.
Sachin Tendulkar – India
The iconic Sachin Tendulkar, widely regarded as one of the greatest batters of all time, was mainly known for his textbook drives. However, the highest run getter in ODI World Cups Tendulkar was an underrated six-hitter too. He hit 27 sixes during World Cup campaigns, showcasing his ability to mix elegance with power.
Eoin Morgan (England)
The only World Cup-winning captain of England holds the record for hitting most sixes in World Cup matches for England. He struck 26 sixes in his World Cup career. Interestingly, out of these 26, 17 sixes came in a single innings when Morgan smashed 148 against Afghanistan in the 2019 World Cup. Eoin Morgan is the record holder for most sixes in an individual innings in the history of ODI Cricket.
Saurav Ganguly (India)
The former Indian skipper has struck 25 sixes in 21 World Cup matches. Ganguly’s style of play was remarkable. He struck more sixes than the number of matches he played in the World Cup. He also averaged 50+ with the bat in World Cup encounters.
Aaron Finch (Australia)
Former Australian Captain Aaron Finch stands 10th in the list of most sixes in ODI World Cup matches. The Australian opener has 24 sixes in 18 World Cup games. His strike rate in World Cup matches was 98.