Hitting the big ones is tough and especially if it is a World Cup match. But there are some people who do it effortlessly and bring runs at a high pace. Sixes are great way of increasing the run rate and creating the pressure on the bowler especially in the death overs.

Here’s a List of Batsmen with Most Sixes In World Cup history –

1. AB de Villiers (South Africa)- 32

The South African captain at the 2015 ICC World Cup has the rare attribute of hitting the maximum number of sixes in an ODI innings by hitting 16 sixes in a single innings.He is the 2nd person to do so after India’s Rohit Sharma. In total, he has hit 148 sixes in ODI and 36 so far in his World Cup career. 

2. Ricky Ponting (Australia) – 31

Ricky Ponting, the most uncompromising player of his generation, grew into Australia’s most successful run-maker and only sits below Bradman in the country’s overall ratings. It takes an extremely critical eye to diminish his run-scoring achievements, which seem to collect new records in every series. There is no doubt about his greatness after taking guard, but his leadership has been under scrutiny for much of his reign. While his blade has sparkled, his stewardship is pock-marked by three Ashes defeats – two in England and one at home – and stumbles to South Africa and India. He had had some great World Cup matches. He was the key to success of Australia in World Cups. He has scored a mammoth 13704 runs in ODI and hit 162 sixes in ODI.

3. Chris Gayle (West Indies)- 29

A thrusting Jamaican left-hander, Gayle earned himself a black mark on his first senior tour – to England in 2000 – where the new boys were felt to be insufficiently respectful of their elders. This big Jamaican hits very big sixes. In the biggest sixes he is there. In this World also he made record by hitting highest number of sixes in ODI by hitting 16 sixes and equaled with Rohit Sharma and AB de Villiers. He has hit 229 sixes in ODI.

4. Herschelle Gibbs (South Africa) – 28

South Africa’s Herschelle Gibbs, who once owned up, with perverse pride, to never having read a book, has essayed enough incendiary innings to fill a fat volume and, in the field, cut down many a batsman with all the electric grace of an enraged poet. He has hit 128 sixes in ODI.

5. Sachin Tendulkar (India) and Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka) – 27

Sachin Tendulkar has been the most complete batsman of his time, the most prolific run-maker of all time, and arguably the biggest cricket icon the game has ever known. His batting was based on the purest principles: perfect balance, economy of movement, precision in stroke-making, and that intangible quality given only to geniuses – anticipation. He has had almost every record to his name. He has hit 195 sixes in ODI.

This rank is shared by Sanath Jayasuriya. It’s hard to imagine that for the first half-decade of his career, Sanath Jayasuriya was considered a bowler who could bat a bit. Think of him now and you think of forearms straight out of a smithy, shots hammered through point and cover and scythes over the leg side. You recall a man who could score equally briskly in every form of the game, who slashed and burned his way through bowling attacks. He has hit 270 sixes in ODI.

Here’s the Complete list of the Top-10 in the List of Batsmen with Most Sixes in ICC World Cup history – 

Player

Matches

Runs

4s

6s

AB de Villiers (SA)

21

1142

113

36

Ricky Ponting (Aus)

46

1743

145

31

Chris Gayle (WI)

25

883

88

29

Herschelle Gibbs (SA)

25

1067

106

28

Sanath Jayasuriya (SL)

38

1165

120

27

Sachin Tendulkar (Ind)

45

2278

241

27

Saurav Ganguly (Ind)

21

1006

79

25

Brendon McCullum (NZ)

30

663

67

24

Matthew Hayden (Aus)

22

987

106

23

Viv Richards (WI)

23

1013

84+

22+

Stat updated till March 12, 2015

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