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Chris Gayle joins Shahid Afridi as king of sixes in international cricket

Chris Gayle joined Shahid Afridi at the top of the six-hitter’s list in international cricket as both batsmen have 476 maximums to their name.

cricket Updated: Jul 30, 2018 15:02 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Chris Gayle is currently at the top of the six-hitters list in international cricket.(AFP)

Chris Gayle added another accolade to his illustrious career by becoming the joint highest six-hitting batsman in international cricket.

The explosive opener slammed five maximums against Bangladesh in the third ODI encounter in St Kitts to take his tally to 476 – same as Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi.

Gayle looked in tremendous form as he scored freely against the Bangladesh bowlers and with 73 off 66 balls, he was the second highest scorer for his team after Rovman Powell.

However, that was enough for the hosts as they fell 18 runs short of their target to concede the ODI series 2-1.

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It was an impressive milestone for Gayle who achieved the feat in 443 matches while Afridi reached the mark in 524 matches.

The 38-year old will be a part of the West Indies side which will take on Bangladesh in the three-match series and it will be a perfect chance for Gayle to clinch the record.

Afridi has hit 351 sixes in ODIs, 73 sixes in T20Is and 52 in Tests. Gayle, on the other hand, has slammed 275 sixes in ODIs, 103 sixes in T20Is and 98 in the longest format of the game.

When it comes to Indian cricketers, MS Dhoni is fifth on the chart with 342 sixes from 504 matches.

First Published: Jul 30, 2018 12:20 IST