3 Players Will Break Rohit Sharma’s Sixes Record Soon

Hailed as the “Hitman,” Rohit Sharma has etched his name in cricket history with his extraordinary strokeplay. He has consistently dominated bowlers with his impeccable timing and powerful stroke play. With a total of 612 international sixes to his name, Rohit Sharma stands at the pinnacle of the sport in terms of this explosive skill.

In One Day Internationals (ODIs), Rohit has smashed 323 sixes, placing him third on the all-time list behind only Shahid Afridi and Chris Gayle. His ability to accelerate the run rate and change the course of matches with his big hitting has been pivotal for India in countless encounters. Similarly, in T20 Internationals (T20Is), Rohit Sharma leads the pack with 205 sixes, showcasing his adaptability and mastery in the shortest game format.

In Test Cricket, he is just outside the top 10 at 11 with 84 sixes. He will get up in there, particularly as he played fewer Tests than the Top 30 batter’s on the list.
Rohit Sharma’s impact extends beyond international cricket. In the Indian Premier League (IPL), where he represents the Mumbai Indians and formerly the Deccan Chargers, he has amassed 280 sixes. His exploits in the IPL have made him a fan favorite and a feared opponent.

Now look at the Top 10 players with the most sixes in T20 International Cricket:

1. Rohit Sharma (India) Matches: 159, T20 Sixes: 205

2. Martin Guptill (New Zealand) Matches: 122, T20 Sixes: 173

3. Jos Buttler (England) Matches: 124, T20 Sixes: 137

4. Glenn Maxwell (Australia) Matches: 113, T20 Sixes: 134

5. Suryakumar Yadav (India) Matches: 68, T20 Sixes: 133

6. Nicholas Pooran (West Indies) Matches: 95, T20 Sixes: 132

7. Paul Stirling (Ireland) Matches: 145, T20 Sixes: 128

8. Aaron Finch (Australia) Matches: 103, T20 Sixes: 125

9. Chris Gayle (West Indies) Matches: 79 T20 Sixes: 124

10. Virat Kohli (India) Matches: 125, T20 Sixes: 124

Who would break Rohit Sharma’s sixes record?

Rohit Sharma recently retired from T20 International Cricket after leading India to victory in the 2024 T20 World Cup, leaving the door for his record of most sixes in T20I cricket to be broken. Several players have shown potential to achieve this feat. Off the top 10 list of batters with most sixes in T20I, only 5 are active. They are Jos Butler, Glenn Maxwell, Suryakumar Yadav, Nicholas Pooran, and Paul Stirling. They are ranked number 3 to 7, respectively. Let’s look at three possible batters who would break Rohit Sharma’s record of 205 sixes.

3. Jos Buttler (137 sixes in 124 matches)

Buttler has consistently performed for England in T20Is and has a wealth of global experience across various T20 leagues. He can hit many sixes quickly, especially during the powerplay and death overs. Moreover, as an opener or a middle-order batsman, Buttler often gets ample opportunities to face many deliveries, increasing his chances to hit more sixes. Furthermore, Buttler regularly plays international cricket, which provides him with more opportunities compared to players who primarily feature in domestic T20 leagues.

2. Nicholas Pooran (132 sixes in 95 matches)

Pooran is known for his ability to clear the boundary effortlessly. He has demonstrated this skill consistently in T20 cricket, including the IPL and international matches. At a relatively younger age compared to some of his peers, Pooran has the potential to play T20Is for many years, accumulating more opportunities to surpass records. His reputation as a power-hitter precedes him, making him a key player in the West Indies’ T20 setup. Moreover, playing in various T20 leagues worldwide, Pooran gains exposure to different conditions and bowling attacks, honing his six-hitting skills.

1. Suryakumar Yadav (133 sixes in 68 matches)

Yadav has quickly risen through the ranks due to his explosive batting style, particularly in the cricket’s shortest format. Known for adapting his game according to the situation, Yadav can play anchor and aggressor roles, maximizing his chances of hitting sixes. His performances in the IPL have showcased his six-hitting prowess, earning him a reputation as a batsman who can easily clear the boundary. Moreover, he will likely feature in many T20I matches for India, providing consistent opportunities to accumulate sixes. At the rate he is clearing the boundary, it likely won’t take him 100 T20I appearances before he breaks Sharma’s record.

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