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Chris Gayle vs Shahid Afridi! How the numbers of their six-hitting ability stack up


It is very hard to stop West Indies’ smashing batsman Chris Gayle from making new records. He has many records in cricket on his name and now he has now achieved another feat. Yesterday, in the third and final ODI match against Bangladesh at Warner Park in St Kitts, Chris Gayle equalled the record for highest number of sixes hit by a batsmen in international cricket.

Gayle smashed 5 sixes in his innings of 73 runs from 66 balls, thereby reaching 476 sixes in international cricket, sharing the record with Pakistan former cricketer Shahid Afridi. Earlier, Shahid Afridi was the batsmen to hit the highest number of sixes in international cricket with 476 sixes. Now, Gayle is also sharing the spot with Afridi. However, Gayle has played significantly less number of matches than Afridi to achieve the feat.

Gayle reached the milestone in 443 matches, while Afridi took 524 matches to hit 476 sixes. Moreover, Gayle is expected to surpass Afridi’s record in the next T20 match against Bangladesh on August 1. Afridi has hit 351 sixes in ODIs, 73 sixes in T20Is and 52 in Tests. Gayle on the other hand has scored 275 sixes in ODIs, 103 sixes in T20Is and 98 sixes in Tests.

Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni is on the fifth spot in the list with 342 sixes in 504 matches. However, despite the achievement for Gayle, West Indies lost the match to Bangladesh by 18 runs and eventually lost the three match ODI series by 2-1.