Most Career Sixes ODIs and FoursPosted By: Bill Russell | May 4, 2018
First ODI was played between England and Australia in January 1971. Since then there have been over 4,000 ODIs played by 25 teams. The trend of ODI’s increase the number of boundaries, more sixes and fours, batter always like to dominate the bowlers through the big shots. Records for most sixes and fours dominated by modern era’s cricketers Like Shahid Afridi, Sachin Tendulkar, S. Jayasuriya, Sourav Ganguly Ricky Ponting. Here are two different lists for Most Career Sixes ODIs and Most Career Fours ODIs.
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Most Career Sixes ODIs
Shahid Afridi, the Pakistani Pathan who started his career as a leg-spinner, scored a century in just his 2nd match on just 37 balls, which was the fastest ever by any batsmen until 1st Jan 2014, Corey Anderson smashed 36 ball century against West Indies. On 21st June 2010, Afridi becomes the most sixes hitter in ODIs, surpassing the great Jayasuriya, who hit 270 sixes in his career.
*Records updated as of May 2018
|02||Sanath Jayasuriya||Sri Lanka||445||270|
|03||Chris Gayle||West Indies||281||267|
|05||AB de Villiers||South Africa||228||204|
|06||Brendon McCullum||New Zealand||260||200|
Most Career Fours ODIs
What is the most exciting thing a batsman can do for his viewers? He can bring a smile to them by hitting a sixer and a boundary. Cricket is a difficult game to understand for many people who do not have a technical knowledge of the sport. So, a grammatically sound batsman might be critically celebrated, but a layman remembers the big shots.
Records might not be conclusive proof of the greatness of a player’s skill, but it’s definitely a reminder of how many times a player has made his fans cry out in joy. Let’s take a look at players with the most career sixes ODIs and fours.
10. Chris Gayle
Master storm Chris Gayle has had a sprawling career from 1999 to 2017 with the national cricket team of West India, having played in 268 innings of 273 matches. He has a total record of 9394 runs in total, having scored so with a strike rate of 85.61. His runs include 1050 boundaries, along with 252 sixes. He is considered as one of the best batsmen in short-over cricket, and is the first batsman in the history of World Cup to score a double century when he hit 200 runs in the match against Zimbabwe during the World Cup 2015.
9. Tillakaratne Dilshan
Former Sri Lankan representative Tillakaratne Dilshan, a rare cricketer who could bat, bowl, field and keep wickets, is one of the best run-chasers in ODI. During his career from 1999 to 2016, he played in 303 innings of 300 matches, and scored 1111 fours along with 55 sixes in them. He thus gathered 10290 runs, with a strike rate of 86.23. He invented the ‘scoop’ style in which the shot of the batsman goes over the wicket-keeper. This shot has now come to be known as the ‘Dilscoop’, after the Sri Lankan.
8. Mahela Jayawardene
In the eighth place on the list of players with the most career sixes ODIs and fours is Sri Lanka’s former cricketer Mahela Jayawardene, who, as captain, achieved the highest number of wins for his country with the best win percentage. He achieved a strike rate of 78.96 during his career and gathered a stunning total of 16020 runs. Jayawardene played One Day international cricket from 1998 to 2015, and during this time, he performed in 418 innings of 448 matches. He scored 1119 fours and 76 sixers during this time.
7. Sourav Ganguly
Known for his go-getter attitude and fearless approach, Sourav Ganguly was part of India’s ODI team from 1992 to 2007 during which he played in 300 innings of 311 One Day International matches. He gathered a total of 11363 runs including a miraculous 1122 boundaries, as well as 190 sixes. He hit a strike rate of 73.70. His shots let his teammate Rahul Dravid to call him the God of offside. Even as the captain of the Indian team, he infused a fresh approach in his players, making them more confident.
6. Virender Sehwag
Nawab of Nnajafgarh Virender Sehwag, the cricketer known for his remarkable aggression and destructive batting on the field, played for India from 1999 to 2013. He was seen in 245 innings of 251 One Day International matches in his career. Sehwag thus gathered a total of 8273 runs in his entire career, which include 1132 boundaries, along with 136 sixers. He succeeded in reaching a remarkable strike rate of 104.33. Sehwag became the only Indian to receive the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World honour for his performance in 2008.
5. Adam Gilchrist
Former Australian representative Adam Gilchrist counted as one of the most remarkable wicket-keeper-batsmen of all times, and has not only played in all formats of cricket. During his ODI career from 1996 to 2008, he played in 279 innings of 287 matches and scored 1162 boundaries, as well as 149 sixes in them. He thus gathered an impressive 9922 runs, with a stunning strike rate of 96.94. Gilchrist had the record of the most ODI dismissals as a wicket-keeper until he was beaten by Kumar Sangakkara in 2015.
4. Ricky Ponting
Former Australian cricket player Ricky Ponting acquires the 4th place on the list of players with the most career sixes ODIs and fours. During his One Day International career from 1995 to 2012, he played in 365 innings and 375 matches, and made 1231 fours. He has also made a massive 162 sixes. He has a strike rate of 80.39, and gathered 13704 runs in total. Ponting was also one of the greatest captains of his country, and the period during which he played and captained the team is considered its golden era.
3. Kumar Sangakkara
Left-Handed wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara represented his national team, Sri Lanka, on the international stage from 2000 to 2015, and he has played in all formats. He forged some memorable partnerships on the field on many occasions. Sangakkara played in 380 innings of 404 matches, and scored 1385 boundaries, along with 88 sixes, in his career, making him the third cricketer on the list of players with the most career sixes ODIs and fours. He thus hit a strike rate of 78.86, acquiring an almost impossible total of 18048 runs in ODI!
2. Sanath Jayasuriya
One of the greatest ODI players to have existed in the world of cricket, former Sri Lankan player Sanath Jayasuriya is still remembered for his powerful striking. The all-rounder played for his team from 1989 to 2011, during which he played in 433 innings in 445 matches. He has a massive run record of 13430 in total, having secured a strike rate of 91.20. During his ODI career, he has 1500 fours and a huge 270 sixers. That feat put him in the second place on the list of players with the most career sixes ODIs and fours.
1. Sachin Tendulkar
In the top place on our list of players with the most sixes ODIs and fours is Sachin Tendulkar. The living legend of cricket and the former representative of the Indian team. He played in 452 innings in 463 ODI matches, in his career of 23 long years from 1989 to 2012. He gathered 18426 runs, which is the highest ever, at a strike rate of 86.23. Known for his beautiful batting style, Tendulkar managed to secure 2016 boundaries, a number that can only be described as “Brobdingnagian”. He also scored 195 sixes in ODI.
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Most Career Fours in ODI Cricket | 2018 Updates
|02||Sanath Jayasuriya||Sri Lanka||445||1500|
|03||Kumar Sangakkara||Sri Lanka||404||1385|
|08||Mahela Jayawardene||Sri Lanka||448||1119|
|09||Tillakaratne Dilshan||Sri Lanka||300||1111|
|10||Chris Gayle||West Indies||281||1063|
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These batsmen have set some amazing records. The future generations of cricketers in ODI cricket will not have it easy breaking – or even reaching – these records. But there’s another way of looking at these records: it shows how many times the cricketers have brought joy to the cricket lovers with their shots! Don’t forget to send us your opinion on the list of Most Career Sixes ODIs and Fours.