With a spectacular six off the bowling of Naveen-ul-Haq in the 8th over of India’s run chase against Afghanistan, Rohit achieved his 554th maximum in international cricket, claiming the coveted record.
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Gayle, known for his colossal hitting, had previously held the record with a staggering 553 sixes in his illustrious international career. Rohit began the match against Afghanistan in Delhi with 551 sixes to his name and quickly surpassed Gayle’s record immediately after completing his 53rd ODI half-century in the preceding delivery. Rohit’s journey to his half-century was nothing short of remarkable, taking just 30 balls to reach the milestone.
The record-setting six that propelled Rohit to this historic achievement was struck over deep square leg, originating from a short delivery delivered by Naveen. The powerful hit sailed an impressive 85 metres, underlining Rohit’s ability to clear boundaries with ease.
As Rohit claimed the top spot for the most international sixes, he etched his name in cricket history, reaffirming his status as one of the sport’s premier hitters. His extraordinary ability to send the ball into the stands has made him a crowd favourite and a formidable force in the cricketing world.
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Following Rohit and Gayle on the list of international cricket’s leading six-hitters are Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi with 476 sixes, followed by New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum with 398, and his compatriot Martin Guptill with 383. This remarkable milestone adds yet another feather to Rohit’s cap, solidifying his status as one of the modern era’s great cricketing icons.
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