World T20 Super 10 phase: 10 #That6 Hitters to Watch
The fans will be expecting it to rain sixes over the coming weeks right across India and with Twenty20 cricket being all about #That6 moments, there is certain to be plenty of huge blows coming from our shortlist of 10 of the biggest hitters in cricket
15 March 2016 00:00
1. Najibullah Zadran (Afghanistan)
Najibullah Zadran has a Twenty20 International strike rate of 139.56 from 20 matches. One of the indicators of his striking prowess is that he has more sixes (21) than fours (18) in his T20I career so far. In a recent Asia Cup qualifier match against Hong Kong, Najibullah smashed a 35-ball 60 with four sixes, serving notice of his hitting ability.
2. David Warner (Australia)
In front of the wicket and back, short or full, leg side or off, David Warner has the ability to hit the ball all the way. Not the tallest of men, Warner more than makes up with a combination of power and timing that makes him irresistible. Add to this a complete fearlessness when he is at the crease and you get a batsman who is prepared to attack the good balls and bad from the word go. Warner has an impressive 73 sixes from 57 T20Is.
3. Soumya Sarkar (Bangladesh)
With a reputation of hitting huge sixes, Soumya Sarkar created ripples in international cricket during the ICC World Cup 2015, not so much with his run tally but with his attractive strokemaking. It is his ability to mix unorthodox ramps with attractive drives and cuts that evokes awe and admiration from fans and fellow players alike. Recently, in the Asia Cup T20I encounter against Pakistan, Sarkar shook off his rough patch with a match-winning 48, that included a well-timed monstrous six off Anwar Ali that landed way back into the stands. In 11 T20I matches, Sarkar has hit eight sixes.
4. Jason Roy (England)
A hard-hitting opener, Jason Roy earned his maiden call-up for the one-off T20I against India in September 2014 on the back of a brilliant run in the Natwest T20 blast that season, where he scored 677 runs at an average of 48.35. Since then Roy has cemented his place in England's limited-overs squad, forging an aggressive opening combination with Alex Hales. In his short eight-match T20I career, Roy has scored 104 runs at an impressive strike-rate of 111.82, including five sixes.
5. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (India)
There had been talk of Dhoni having lost his six-hitting mojo, but the Indian captain has comprehensively exploded that myth in recent times. The only captain to have hit 200 international sixes, Dhoni smashed fours sixes in 15 balls faced across four matches in the Asia Cup, and clobbers pacemen and spinners alike with equal disdain. His international tally of sixes stands at 300, and in 55 T20I hits, he has hammered 30, most of them deep into the innings.
6. Ross Taylor (New Zealand)
One of New Zealand's most dynamic batsmen, Ross Taylor can send the ball a long distance, and, in this ICC World Twenty20 he's been given the license to do exactly that by the team management. Instead of batting at his usual No. 4 spot, Taylor will be coming in at No. 5 to play the finisher role. For long, Taylor has played an anchor role, but this move could see him flourish, much to the dismay of spinners everywhere. After all, he was once called "a murderer of spinners" by none other than Anil Kumble, so if he gets going, watch out. In 68 T20Is, Taylor has hit 45 sixes so far and holds the record for most sixes (20) for New Zealand in World T20 history.
7. Umar Akmal (Pakistan)
With 1611 runs from 75 matches , Umar Akmal is fourth on the list of highest run-scorers in Twenty20 International cricket. Nearly half of those runs came in big hits to the fence: he has 118 fours and 53 career sixes, allowing him to score at a strike-rate of 122.97. Against New Zealand at the start of 2016, his strike-rate was over 200 when he smashed a 22-ball fifty in a losing cause – but that still didn't beat his 21-ball half-century against England in 2010.
8. David Miller (South Africa)
Ever since he emerged as among the most powerful strikers of the cricket ball, David Miller’s mantra – taught to him by his father – of ‘If it’s in the arc, hit it out of the park. If it’s in the vee, it goes in the tree’ has defined his batting. Miller has a strike-rate of 133.03 in the shortest format. He often comes in when the need of the hour is to tee off from ball one. In spite of the spot he bats in, Miller has delivered for South Africa, and even notched his first T20I half-century in the series against Australia.
9. Dinesh Chandimal (Sri Lanka)
One of the most innovative batsmen in the side, Chandimal has risen as one of the mainstays of the Sri Lankan line-up. He has scored 546 runs from 38 T20Is with 10 sixes, but his overall T20 record is a lot more impressive – 2045 runs from 88 matches at a strike rate of close to 120, with 48 sixes. Chandimal, who also led Sri Lanka recently in the absence of Angelo Mathews and Lasith Malinga, was promoted as an opener in the Asia Cup – an opportunity he grabbed, scoring two half-centuries in four games.
10. Chris Gayle (West Indies)
No one does big hitting quite like Gayle. Since he first explored the format in 2005, Gayle has represented more than a dozen teams, scoring an incredible 8,726 runs. No one else has crossed 7,000, and his tally of 16 hundreds is also likely to be unmatched for some time – Brendon McCullum, in second place with seven, has just retired from the international game. But it’s Gayle’s ability to clear the rope almost on demand that makes him such a jaw-dropping attraction round the world. No one comes close to his 626 sixes in this format, and on Indian pitches where he has so often turned it on for Royal Challengers Bangalore, bowlers will be more than wary.
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