Under the captaincy of Younis Khan, Pakistan lifted the T20 World Cup 2009 trophy after defeating Sri Lanka in the grand-finale. The Green Army was dominant in all the departments. They halted Sri Lanka to set up huge targets as Islanders were all out for 138 runs. In reply, the allrounder Shahid Afridi scored match-winning runs and guide the team to lift the ICC trophy.
India were the defending champions but they even failed to get qualify for the knock-out rounds in the second edition of the T20 World Cup.
During the tournament, batsmen and bowlers bagged several records. And on that note, in this article, we have mentioned the players who have struck the most number of sixes in the T20 World Cup 2009.
Yuvraj Singh: 9 sixes
Team India’s former Yuvraj Singh showed his masterpiece in the T20 World Cup 2007 when he hit consecutive sixes in Stuart Board’s over. He set the new bar in the shortest format which, so far, still stands in T20I. After his blistering knock, he was called as the sixer kings. He continued the similar stint in the T20 World Cup 2009 as he struck the most number of sixes in that particular tournament.
In that tournament, he was the highest scorer for India and amassed 153 runs, striking nine sixes and ten boundaries in five matches at the striking rate of 154.54 and an average of 48.25. However, he could not lead his team to the victory as India failed to qualify for knock-out rounds.
Chris Gayle: 8 sixes
The West Indies legend Chris Gayle is unarguably the best T20 batsman in the cricket world. He likes to hit the ball out of the park and shows no mercy to bowlers. His blistering knocks, comprising of boundaries and maximums, are entertainers for the fans. Currently, he is the only batsman to score over 10,000 runs in the T20 format.
In the ICC T20 World Cup 2009, he was the highest scorer for West Indies and overall third-highest. He garnered 193 runs in five matches at the striking rate of 134.02. He was also the second-highest six-hitter in the tournament, scoring eight sixes and 21 fours. However, his team failed to qualify for final as they were defeated by Sri Lanka in the semi-final.
Kamran Akmal: 7 sixes
Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal was successful in cementing his place with his batting and improving keeping skills. He had a successful start of his career but soon he lost his form and was dropped from the team. He made several comebacks but lacked inconsistency. He also made the comeback in the T20 World Cup 2009 where he was impressed with the bat.
The attacking opening batsman amassed 188 runs in seven matches at the striking rate 125.33 but had a low average of 26.85. He was the leading scorer for his team and the fourth-highest scorer in the tournament. Akmal also hit the most number of sixes for his side, striking seven sixes and fifteen fours.
DJ Bravo: 6 sixes
West Indies player Dwayne Bravo is the versatile cricketer who is amazing with both bat and ball and an astonishing fielder. His game best suits for T20 format where he has also enjoyed immense success. The right-arm pacer is a big contributor at the lower-order and helps to speed up the innings in death overs.
In T20 World Cup 2009, he was the power-hitter for the team in England as he was the fourth-highest batsman to register the most number of sixes. He has collected 154 runs, striking six sixes and 12 fours in six matches in the tournament.
AB de Villiers: 6 sixes
The former South Africa batsman and captain AB de Villiers is best suited for the shortest batsman. He amazes the bowlers with his trailblazing shots, which is why he is called Mr. 360. He can gather runs from every knock and corner of the ground. He got the attention worldwide during 2008-2009 as he became the leading scorer for the Proteas.
The attacking batsman was the second-highest run gatherer for his team after Jacques Kallis and fifth highest overall in T20 World Cup 2009. He scored 186 runs, including six sixes and 12 fours, in six matches at the amazing strike rate of 155.00 during the tournament.
Although he performed decently throughout the tour, he failed to deliver in the semi-finals against Pakistan though it was a low scoring match.