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14 August 201402:25

Six of the best: Famous ICC Cricket World Cup Six Hitters

To mark six months to go until the ICC Cricket World Cup begins, we delved into the vault to bring you six famous ICC Cricket World Cup six hitters.

Six of the best: Famous ICC Cricket World Cup Six Hitters - Cricket News
There are certain players who bring the crowd to its feet when they come out to bat. They have the power, brashness and confidence to change the course of a match in a matter of overs. Whether it is through impeccable timing, bold innovation or sheer brute force – these are the players who make even the most accurate and economical bowlers err from their line and length.

In this special, we pay tribute to six of the best power hitters to have graced the ICC Cricket World Cup stage.

MS Dhoni (India)
As one of the most brutal and clinical finishers in the modern game, Dhoni combines power and innovation to clear the boundary whenever it is required.

Although his ratio of sixes hit to matches played is not as high as others on this list, Dhoni makes it for hitting the most famous six in ICC Cricket World Cup history.

With the crowd on its feet at the 2011 Cricket World Cup final against Sri Lanka, Dhoni sealed India’s first ICC Cricket World Cup title in 28 years by blasting a huge six over long on. The shot sparked wild celebrations from India fans across the whole world.

Innings: 11
Sixes: 4
Strike rate: 0.3 sixes per innings

Matthew Hayden (Australia)
Tall, powerful and broad-shouldered, Hayden was an opening bowler’s worst nightmare.

Hayden’s devastating power was on full display at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 where he hit three devastating centuries against New Zealand, South Africa and West Indies to underline his hitting ability.

Not many teams went unscathed as Hayden went on a six-hitting blitz, smashing an ICC Cricket World Cup record of 18 sixes at the 2007 tournament.

Innings: 21
Sixes: 23
Strike rate: 1.09 sixes per innings

Mark Greatbatch (New Zealand)
Previously known as a sedate and patient middle-order batsmen, Greatbatch exploded onto the ICC Cricket World Cup scene in 1992 as the tournament’s first ever ‘pinch hitter’.

As an opening batsmen in 1992, Greatbatch unsettled the world’s fastest bowlers by charging down the pitch and lofting the ball high and wide on to the leg side.

Greatbatch smashed 13 sixes from just seven appearances to help New Zealand all the way to the semi-finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 1992.

Innings: 7
Sixes: 13
Strike rate: 1.85 sixes per innings

John Davison (Canada)
Canada’s John Davison took the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 by storm by smashing half-a-dozen sixes in a scintillating knock of 111 against the West Indies – at the time the fastest century in the tournament’s history.

Known as the ‘Canadian Gilchrist’, New Zealand found out why at the 2007 tournament when he smashed 52 runs off just 31 balls at the top of the order.

He capped off a memorable ICC Cricket World Cup career by appearing in the 2011 tournament at the age of 40. Despite not clearing the ropes in that tournament, his power hitting will be remembered for years to come.

Innings: 14
Sixes: 13
Strike rate: 0.92 sixes per innings

Herschelle Gibbs (South Africa)
Quick on his feet and a pure striker of the ball, Gibbs’ power hitting was on full display at the ICC Cricket World Cup where he blasted 28 sixes from 25 appearances.

His most memorable moment came at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 against Netherlands where he slammed 6 sixes in one over before being caught for 72. His innings comprised of four boundaries and seven maximums – with a mammoth strike-rate of 180.

Innings: 23
Sixes: 28
Strike rate: 1.21 sixes per innings

Sir Vivian Richards (West Indies)
Sir Vivian is the original master-blaster of the ICC Cricket World Cup. Playing in the first four editions of the tournament (1975-1987), Sir Vivian came to the crease with one intention – to score as quickly as possible.

His finest moment came in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 1979 when West Indies played England at Lord’s.

With early wickets falling around him, Sir Vivian responded to the pressure with bruising stroke play. He ended up unbeaten on 138 – including three massive sixes – and West Indies had one hand on the trophy.

Innings: 21
Sixes: 22
Strike rate: 1.04 sixes per innings


Sourav Ganguly (India)
More known for his grace, timing and precision in the one-day game, Ganguly flicked into another gear when playing at the ICC Cricket World Cup.

In a brutal display against Sri Lanka at the 1999 tournament, Ganguly slammed 7 sixes in his epic innings of 183 – the second highest ICC Cricket World Cup score of all time.

He backed this innings up in the semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 with 5 sixes in his unbeaten 111 against Kenya.

Innings: 21
Sixes: 25
Strike rate: 1.19 sixes per innings

Kevin O'Brien (Ireland)
Burly all-rounder Kevin O’Brien first showed a glimpse of his power at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 against New Zealand. In a losing effort, O’Brien smashed a quick-fire 49 off 45 balls, including three massive sixes.

Four years later at the 2011 tournament, O’Brien wrote himself into the record books with one of the most devastating innings ever seen at the ICC Cricket World Cup.

With Ireland struggling against England, O’Brien smashed his way to the fastest century in the tournament’s history – off just 50 balls. A total of 6 sixes were hit in his innings of 113 off 63 balls and Ireland had secured its most famous victory.

Innings: 14
Sixes: 14
Strike Rate: 1 six per innings

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