Top 10 players with most sixes in World Cup history

Before Chris Gayle making history, the Caribbean was tied on 37 sixes with South Africa's AB de Villiers.

Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar six. (Photo Source: GettyImages)

The modern cricket functions in totally different dynamics when compared to a couple of decades ago. The sport has been changing its face according to the phase it has to pass by. Initially, Test matches were the only format, then came one-dayers with 60 overs per inning, followed by little truncation to become 50 overs-a-side. Following which comes the era of short format – T20 cricket. The sport has been taking shape as per fans prerequisites.

Have you ever seen a fan not being happy when the ball sails over the fence for a maximum? No right? So that rush of adrenaline captivates the spectators. As per cricket is concerned, mankind has become brutal, the fans seek batter thrash the bowler with humongous sixes. In that case, the Caribbeans have never given kickbacks for the audience.

It’s been only two days since this edition of World Cup begins but we have already got the names on the charts of which were boasted for their efforts. One among them is for hitting more number of sixes in the history of World Cup and that is none other than Caribbean six machine Chris Gayle.

The Caribbeans have a thing for those maximums. Agree? Well, the stadia in the island nation are also epitomised as “land of firing bullets and shooting stars.” Be it any generation of the sport, there is at least one cricketing great, who has had always given the adrenaline rush moments for the spectators with their long trajectory sixes. Nonetheless, the Proteas, the Kangaroos and the Men in Blue have been the household figures for hitting big.

As once VVS Laxman famously said of Sourav Ganguly, “He has the ability to not only clear the ropes but even the stadium. Against spin, my god. He is really a murderer.” Remember that one six in 2011 World Cup final? Which transformed normal MS Dhoni to the best finisher. If we enlist, the names can be in bundles. So we are giving you the 10 best six-hitters in the World Cup

10. Viv Richards – 22 sixes

Viv Richards
Viv Richards. (Photo by Patrick Eagar/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

Viv Richards, the best Windies batsman has scored nearly 7,000 runs in One Day Internationals. He was knighted for his contribution to the game and a stadium in Antigua is named after him in the honour for his legendary Test and ODI stints. Richards hit 22 sixes the three World Cup tournaments he played. He was in the two-time World Cup winning West Indies team in 1975 and 1979. The Windies are still looking at those days and feel inferior for their dismal World Cup performances.


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