Test cricket is the oldest and most influential of all the formats of cricket, which is known for testing the skills of both batters and bowlers. In today’s time, most of the fans like only T20 and T10 cricket. But even today there are many fans who like to watch the five-day competitions. It’s still fun when bowlers and batsmen give it all in the last moments to save a Test or win one.
Test cricket is played the slowest among all the formats of cricket and this slowness is what makes it different from the rest. However, there are some batsmen for whom it does not matter at all and they are seen batting like T20 cricket, due to which fours and sixes keep raining from their bat. Today we are going to know about 10 such batsmen who have set the record of hitting most number of sixes in Test cricket. So without further ado let’s get started.
These 10 batsmen hold the record for hitting most sixes in Test cricket
- Viv Richards (West Indies) – 84 Sixes
Former West Indies cricket team’s legendary batsman Sir Vivian Richards is at 10th place in the list of batsmen who have hit the most sixes in Test cricket. Sir Viv Richards is known for his power-hitting and style in world cricket. In the 70s and 80s his fan following was unreal. Crowd was used to wait for his batting wherever he played a test match. Batting at that time was much more difficult than today and is counted among the most difficult periods in cricket history. But despite this he smacked 84 sixes in his 182 test innings. In his test career, he has scored 8540 runs at an average of 50.23. Which includes 24 centuries and 45 half centuries. He played Test cricket for 17 years for the West Indies cricket team from 1974 to 1991.
- Tim Southee (New Zealand) – 86 Sixes
Tim Southee is included among the most lethal fast bowlers of the New Zealand cricket team and is also included in the list of players who have hit the most number of sixes in Test cricket. Although he is a bowler, but the kind of debut he made in Test cricket is not easy for any other batsman to do. He made his debut against England in 2008. Where he picked a five-for in the first innings and later smashed 77 off 40 deliveries in the fourth innings which includes nine sixes. After this he never looked back and today he holds the record of hitting 86 sixes in test cricket. He has played a total of 96 matches in which he has scored 2059 runs in 137 innings. Apart from this he has took 374 wickets in test, which is truly amazing.
- Chris Cairns (New Zealand) – 87 Sixes
In this list, at the eighth place is the former veteran all-rounder of New Zealand cricket team named Chris Cairns, who was known for his aggressive batting. He had hit 87 sixes in his test career. Cairns made his debut in 1989 and played till 2004. During this period he played a total of 62 matches, in which he scored 3320 runs at an average of 33.53. Along with this, he also scored five centuries and 22 half-centuries. Apart from this, being an all-rounder, he has also taken 218 wickets.
- Brian Lara (West Indies) – 88 Sixes
Former West Indies skipper Brain Lara is on 7th place in this list. He was known for his long batting in test cricket. Due to which he holds the record of scoring 400 runs in a single innings in Test cricket. He was used to dominate other with his batting. Lara played 131 matches in his test career and smacked 88 sixes in 232 innings. Which is not everyone’s cup of tea. He scored 11953 runs at an average of 52.88 and strike rate of 60.51. While facing the hardest bowlers of cricket history like Glenn Mcgrath, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Anil Kumble, Muttiah Muralitharan and others. Along with this, he also scored 34 centuries and 48 half-centuries.
- Virender Sehwag (India) – 91 Sixes
The name of former Indian cricket team opener Virender Sehwag is at sixth place in this list, who has achieved the feat of hitting 91 sixes in the history of Test cricket. The former Indian opener played a total of 104 matches, in which he scored 8586 at an average of 49.34 and strike rate of 82.23. His strike rate in Test cricket is among the best players in the world. Sehwag has scored 23 centuries and 32 half-centuries. Virender Sehwag’s name is included in the list of those players who not only played long but also played very fast in Test cricket. Due to which he holds the record of scoring triple century twice in Test cricket. Apart from him, players like Chris Gayle, Brian Lara and Sir Bradman are included in this list.
- Jacques Kallis (South Africa) – 97 Sixes
Former South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis is at fifth place in this list. He is one of those players who had the courage to change the course of the match not only with the ball but also with the bat. Because of which he is called the greatest all-rounder not only in South Africa but in the history of cricket. He played 166 matches in his test career and smacked 97 sixes in 280 innings. Which is quite hard to do. He scored 13289 runs at an average of 55.37 and strike rate of 45.97. In his test career he managed to hit 45 centuries and 58 half-centuries. Along with this, he also picked up 292 wickets.
- Chris Gayle (West Indies) – 98 Sixes
The name of another legendary player of West Indies cricket team is included in this list who is none other than Universe Boss Chris Gayle. He played 103 test matches in his career and smashed 98 sixes. Gayle finished his career very soon otherwise he would have created history by hitting 100 sixes. Chris Gayle’s name is also included in the list of batsmen who have scored triple century twice in Test cricket. He has played 103 test matches in which he has scored 7214 runs in 182 innings with an average of 42.18 and a strike rate of 60.26. He has also scored 5 centuries and 37 half centuries in his test career.
- Adam Gilchrist (Australia) – 100 Sixes
The name of former Australian cricket team’s legendary wicket-keeper batsman Adam Gilchrist is at the third place in this list, who has hit a total of 100 sixes in the history of Test cricket and he was the first batsman who had set the record of hitting 100 sixes in Test cricket. Gilchrist was one of the finest wicket-keepers in the history of cricket. He has played 96 test matches in which he has scored 5570 runs in 137 innings with an average of 47.60 and a strike rate of 81.95. He has also scored 17 centuries and 26 half centuries in his test career. He is the only Australian player in this list.
- Brendon McCullum (New Zealand) – 107 Sixes
Former New Zealand cricket team captain Brendon McCullum is second in this list, who has hit 107 sixes in the history of Test cricket. Brendon McCullum was the second batsman in Test cricket to hit 100 sixes. Although now Ben Stokes of England cricket team has surpassed him. He is known for his aggressive batting. He has played 101 test matches in which he has scored 6453 runs in 176 innings with an average of 38.64 and a strike rate of 64.60. He has also scored 12 centuries and 31 half centuries in his test career. McCullum played his last test match in 2016.
- Ben Stokes (England) – 124 Sixes
The current captain of England cricket team, Ben Stokes is at the first place in this list, who has hit a total of 124 sixes so far. Ben Stokes is considered one of the greatest all-rounders not only of England but of world cricket. Ever since Brendon McCullum took charge as the head coach of the England cricket team, his batting has become more dangerous. Due to his dangerous batting, he has become the third batsman to score 100 sixes in Test cricket and also at present there is no batter around him. Stokes has played 97 test matches in which he has scored 6117 runs in 175 innings with an average of 36.41 and a strike rate of 59.18. He has also scored 13 centuries and 30 half centuries in his test career. Along with this, he has also picked up 197 wickets.
(All stats updated till 28th December, 2023)