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Rohit Sharma: Indian Cricket Sixer King

India have won the One Day International Series (ODI series) convincingly against South Africa. In 5th match of the momentum series India's opening batsmen made a scintillating hundred which included 4 humongous sixes.

Watch out for: the list of top ten six hitters of Indian team in this article.

One of the six hit by Rohit Sharma was of world's fastest bowler (at least as per biased commentators) which landed on the road out of stadium.

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rohit sharma gets into attacking position to hit a six against fast bowler of Australia

Rohit Sharma, who is the only player to have scored double centuries in limited overs cricket, charged kagiso rabada of South Africa and smashed the ball delivered by him out of park.

Rohit hit 3 more sixes and by doing so he became India's second highest 6 hitters in international game. He is only behind MS Dhoni. Given the form he is in, and struggling MS Dhoni, one can say Rohit is on the verge of becoming sixer king of Indian cricket.

Most people believe that Rohit has a natural ability to lift the ball and hit it outside the ground. He is god gifted. But Rohit Sharma himself says that he had to work very hard on his batting and nothing has come easy.

Rohit is 2nd among the list of Indian players with maximum number of sixes in international cricket. He has hit total of 265 sixes. Out of these 29 sixes have been hit by him in test match cricket, 169 in ODI cricket, and 67 in T20 cricket.

Interestingly, Sachin Tendulkar who played 664 matches for India only hit 264 sixes. And he couldn't hit any six in his T20 international career for India. This way Rohit is 1 behind MS Dhoni and 1 ahead of Sachin Tendulkar when it comes to hitting sixes.

 List of  top 10 six hitters for India

  1. MS Dhoni 331 six in 490 match - One of these sixes was the most famous one where Dhoni hit one out of the ground at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai to win the world cup final match.
  2. Rohit Sharma 265 six in 275 match - Rohit sharma is always been on gunpoint of cricket fans, often calling him "nohit sharma" whenever he goes out of form.
  3. Sachin Tendulkar 264 six in 664 match - Sachin's onslaught on Glenn McGrath in champions trophy and on Shane Warne in shajah is something no one can forget.
  4. Yuvraj Singh 249 six in 399 match - Yuvraj's 6 sixes in a row in T20 world cup 2017, is the most memorable moment for all fans of Indian Cricket Team. 
  5. Saurav Ganguly 246 six in 421 match - No one hit sixes as easy as Saurav Ganguly did. In fact, whenever a left arm bowler came on to ball, it was inevitable that left handed batsmen from Kolkata will loft him out of the ground.
  6. Virender Sehwag 237 six in 363 match - Sehwag's sixes were special in the sense that most of them came over point and not over long on or long off which is normal.
  7. Suresh Raina 171 six in 309 match - Raina is one of the most underrated batsmen in world cricket. He averages above 35 and strike the ball at the rate of over 95 in one day cricket. All this while playing at number 6 positions. Left hander has tremendous ability to hit one over the boundary, especially over mid wicket, whenever the team is under pressure.
  8. Virat Kohli 159 six in 328 match - Kohli is so good at playing ground shots that sixes can be a rarity. Yet, whenever need arise the passionate right hand batsmen has the ability to loft any bowler out of ground.
  9. Kapil Dev 128 six in 356 match - Kapil dev was a hard hitter of the ball. The Indian all rounder took attack to opposition while batting. Most famous of his sixes came in world cup against zimbabwe and in england where he hit 4 out of ground to save 'follow on' is a test match.
  10. Mohammad Azharuddin 96 six in 433 match - Wrist right handed batsmen from hyderabad was famous more for his flicks and wristy cover drives. Just like kohli he wasn't too keen on hitting sixes unnecessarily. Yet, whenever he felt the need to lift the run rate, he deposited few balls out of boundary for a six.
Given the form Rohit Sharma is in and the ease with which he hit lofted shots it won't be a surprise if he soon becomes the first man to hit 1000 sixes in international cricket. He has plenty of time in his hands.


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