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.