Despite the pitches in the ongoing World T20 offering the bowlers an opportunity to settle scores with the batsmen, this World T20 has seen a staggering number of sixes. With the T20 format developing over the years into a playground for the specialists, this World T20 has seen the big stroke makers bringing their abilities to the fore. Lets take a look at the five players who have hit the most sixes in the ongoing World T20.
Tamim Iqbal might not be rated highly, but he is a quality player in his own right. The explosive Bangladesh opener looked in sizzling touch at the World T20, albeit in a losing cause for the Tigers. Tamim Iqbal struck a blistering 103 not out against Oman and hit a total of 14 sixes in the competition. Iqbal helped Bangladesh enter the main draw of the World T20 and was looking dangerous against hosts India before Ravindra Jadeja scalped the dangerous left-hander.
Hailed as the ‘other MS’ after his impressive performances in the World T20, Afghanistan’s batting mainstay has earned admirers among the cricketing fraternity for his uninhibited batting style. Ranked 12th in the world in T20I cricket, and being Afghanistan’s pre-eminent batsman in all formats with 1000 runs in both ODIs and T20Is, Shahzad displayed the temperament and his ammunition of shots at the World T20 as he struck 12 sixes in 7 matches, with a highest score of 61 against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens.
Chris Gayle hit a massive 11 sixes against a hapless England bowling attack at the Wankhede Stadium to give West Indies the vital winning start to the World T20. It was an innings in which he pounded arguably the best seam bowling attack in the world with such disdain – a fitting reminder that Chris Gayle is still the most dangerous batsman in the world. Darren Sammy’s men went on to win their opening three games on the back of that confidence to advance to the semifinals. With 11 sixes, Chris Gayle is at the third spot, but he could well go top on Thursday if the Indian bowlers give the Jamaican enough room to flex his muscles.
AB de Villiers
Someone who would be extremely disappointed with his own batting performance at the World T20 is AB de Villiers. Despite 9 sixes in the tournament, most of which came against Afghanistan in a quick-fire knock of 64, the 360-degree man looked a shadow of his best as he failed to deliver against England and more significantly, West Indies, in a do-or-die encounter. Overall, it has been a difficult and disappointing campaign for a batsman rated as one of the very best in all formats. Nevertheless, his six hitting ability takes him to 4th in the Most Sixes stats column for the World T20.
With question marks being raised over his ability to negotiate the added turn and bounce on Indian wickets, Martin Guptill has given a fitting reply to those who chose to ignore him at the IPL Auction – smashing 125 runs in 3 innings with a highest score of 80 at Mohali against Pakistan and has been a crucial contributor in a New Zealand team staking a real claim for the title. The big hitting Guptill, who is known to send the ball into the 2nd tier, has hit 8 sixes in the tournament so far, and few would bet against the fiery New Zealand opener hitting a few more at the Kotla on Wednesday.