In its formative years, International cricket was more about hitting the ball cleanly rather than out of the park. However, as the game became more popular, it became competitive as well. The need for more runs in limited overs rose and sixes became commonplace. In modern cricket, explosive batsman like Chris Gayle, Virender Sehwag, Kieron Pollard. Glenn Maxwell etc. have always dominated with an aggressive brand of batting. As a tribute to these biggest hitters of the ball who make the game so interesting for us, here is a list of the longest six in international cricket history.
10112m, MS DHONI, India v/s Australia, Adelaide (2012)
Number 10 on this list is MS Dhoni’s monstrous six of 112 meters hit against the arch rivals Australia in a 2011-12 Commonwealth Bank Tri-Series’ nail-biting finish. This is considered as one of the best sixes in the history of international cricket as it was hit in a very crunch situation. India needed 12 runs off 4 balls when ‘Captain Cool’ smashed Clint McKay’s half volley over long on. After losing the test series 4-0 to Australia, the Indian team desperately needed a win to end the tour on a positive note. MS played a captain’s knock of 44*(58 balls) and guided India to clinch their 1st victory of the series by 6 wickets (with 2 balls remaining). Cricket pundits have considered this as the greatest finishes in ODIs.
9112m, SACHIN TENDULKAR, India v/s England, Durban (2003)
The Master Blaster has always been a batsman known for hitting exquisite cover drives and straight drives. However, in the 2003 World Cup pool match played against England, Sachin Tendulkar shook the world with his very popular six off Andy Caddick at Kingsmead Durban. Tendulkar hooked Caddick’s quick bouncer out of the stadium over deep square leg. Though not registered in official records, the ball is said to have traveled for a distance of 112m. Sachin Tendulkar scored a crucial knock of 50 (52 balls) as Ashish Nehra’s magical spell of 6/23 ensured India won the match by 82 runs.
8113m, MARTIN GUPTILL, New Zealand v/s Australia, Auckland (2016)
Next is Martin Guptill’s huge 113m six against Australia in the 1st ODI of Australia’s tour of New Zealand 2016/17. The ball hit the roof of Eden Park as Guptill smashed a full length delivery outside off by Kane Richardson over long on. Even the bowler kept watching in admiration as the New Zealand opener smashed the ball outside the stadium. Guptill scored a quick fire 90(76 balls) and won the ‘Man of the Match’ award as New Zealand defeated their neighbors convincingly by 159 runs.
7119m, YUVRAJ SINGH, India v/s Australia, Durban (2007)
Number 7 on this list comes one of the best shots played in the history of T20 international cricket. Yuvraj Singh smashed a gigantic six of 119 meters off Australia’s fastest bowler-Brett Lee. The aggressive left-handed Indian batsman hit this six in an extremely crucial semi-final of 2007 T20 world cup in South Africa. Yuvi flicked Lee’s 147.2 kmph ball easily over deep square leg as the ball sailed out of Durban’s Kingsmead Stadium. The Prince of Mohali was in the form of his life and played an unbelievable knock of 70 in mere 30 balls. Yuvi’s innings guided India to defeat Australia by 15 runs and reach the finals of the inaugural T20 World Cup against Pakistan.
6120m, SHAHID AFRIDI, Pakistan v/s South Africa, Johannesburg (2013)
Shahid ‘Boom Boom’ Afridi is known for hitting the longest sixes in international cricket. In the 3rd ODI of Pakistan’s tour of South Africa in 2013, Shahid Afridi smashed a monstrous a six of 120m off South African pacer Ryan McLaren’s slower ball outside off stump. The bowler had bowled a no ball in the previous ball and hence, Afridi took full advantage of the free-hit by hitting a massive six out of the stadium over long on. There have been rumours that this six was 158 meters long. However, in the ICC record books registered this as a 120m six. Though Afridi played a blistering knock of 88 in just 48 balls, Pakistan failed to chase down South Africa’s target of 344. They lost the match by 34 runs.
5120-125m, CHRIS GAYLE, West Indies v/s Australia, The Oval (2009)
Fifth on this list is ‘The Universe Boss’, Christopher Henry Gayle for his very famous gigantic six against Australia at the Oval, London in the ICC T20 World Cup 2009. Gayle’s six was so huge that it went out of the stadium on to the streets of London. The distance of this six hasn’t been registered. But the 6 is believed to be almost 120-125 meters long. Another colossal six of 103m followed this monstrous stroke. The Jamaican-opener played an unbelievable knock of 88 in just 55 balls and guided West Indies to a convincing victory by 7 wickets with 25 balls to spare.
4122m, COREY ANDERSON, New Zealand v/s India, Napier (2014)
Next on this list is Corey Anderson’s mind-bobbling six of 122m off India’s right arm pacer Mohammed Shami. This was the 1st ODI of India’s tour of New Zealand in 2014. Corey Anderson had scored the then world’s fastest 100 in ODIs couple of weeks ago and was in his prime form. He smacked Shami’s length ball over square leg on McLean Park’s roof. Corey smashed 68 off 40 balls and was rightly adjudged ‘Man of the Match’. Even after Virat Kohli’s magical innings of 123(111), India failed chase down New Zealand’s total of 292 and lost the match by 24 runs.
3127m, MARTIN GUPTILL, New Zealand v/s South Africa, Wellington (2012)
On number 3 is Martin Guptill’s 127m shocker off South African Left Arm pacer Lonwabo Tsotsobe. South Africa was playing their 1st T20I of their 2011-12’s tour of New Zealand. Although being thrashed for a massive 103m six couple of deliveries before, Tsotsobe bowled a juicy half volley, which was smacked for a colossal hit over deep mid-wicket. Martin Guptill played an unbeaten knock of 78 (48) and hence New Zealand won the match by 6 wickets.
2130m, SHAHID AFRIDI, Pakistan v/s Australia, Perth (2005)
Next on this for the 2nd time is Shahid Afridi. The Pakistani “number changer” smashed a gigantic six of almost 130m at the huge stadium of WACA, Perth. The legendary Pakistani all-rounder smacked Andrew Symond’s juicy full-length delivery for a mighty blow over long on. This proved to be the second longest six in cricket history. Afridi’s quickfire 30 in just 13 balls sealed a 3-wicket victory for Pakistan in the 8th ODI of CB Tri-series 2004-05. Pakistan’s Abdul Razzaq was adjudged Man of the Match for his overall performance with both bat and ball. Razzaq bowled an amazing spell of 4/53 in 10 overs and scored an unbeaten 63 for his side.
1143m, BRETT LEE. Australia v/s West Indies, Brisbane (2005)
Neither Kieron Pollard, nor Andre Russell. Surprisingly, number 1 on this list is one of the world’s fastest ‘bowlers’ – Brett Lee. Binga’s mammoth six came in a test match against West Indies’ pace bowler Darren Powell. Lee came to bat at number 9 and played a crucial knock of 47 in the later part of the innings. The Australian fast bowler smashed Powell’s good length ball over the deep mid-wicket, out of the stadium into the cricket nets. After the day’s play at the Gabba ended, the cricket pundits in the studio analysed and hence came to a conclusion that the nets were 143 meters away from the batting crease! In record, this still the longest six in cricket history.