Chris Gayle Equals Shahid Afrid’s Record For Most International Sixes

In the third and final one-day international between West Indies and Bangladesh, Chris Gayle smashed five sixes and has equaled Shahid Afridi’s record for most sixes in international cricket.

The smash hitter, Gayle, raced to his 73 run innings from just 66 balls managed to hit fix enormous sixes to equal the record at Warner Park in St. Kitts.

Shahid Afridi was previously the sole record holder but now shares his tally of 476 sixes with Gayle, who can easily surpass him in the next series.

Boom Boom, however, managed his 476 sixes in 524 matches whereas Gayle managed it in just 443 matches.

Having said that, it is important to highlight that Gayle has played 81 lesser matches than Afridi as the latter started his international journey sooner.


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This reflects supremely well on Afridi’s record that he led the record despite playing a low number of innings compared to the other candidates.

West Indies play Bangladesh in a T20 series next where Gayle is also a part of West Indies squad. This would be a golden opportunity for Chris Gayle to break the record.

Breakdown By Format:

Since the record is of international cricket, there are three main formats which have been approved by the International Cricket Council (ICC) — One-Day Internationals, T20 Cricket and Test matches.

The record does not include sixes from the 4-day matches or the domestic domination of both hitters. Here’s how the breakdown looks like:

  • Shahid Afridi
    • ODIs — 351
    • T20Is — 73
    • Test — 52
  • Chris Gayle
    • ODIs — 275
    • T20Is — 103
    • Test — 98

Here is the complete list of top-ten bastmen with most number of sixes in international cricket:

Player Matches Innings Sixes
Shahid Afridi 524 508 476
Chris Gayle 443 513 476
Brendon McCullum
432 474 398
Sanath Jayasuriya
586 651 352
MS Dhoni
504 498 342
AB de Villiers 420 484 328
Rohit Sharma
292 297 291
Martin Guptil 281 318 274
Sachin Tendulkar 664 782 264
Adam Gilchrist 396 429 262

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