“Six” is the maximum number of runs that can be scored by a batsman in a single delivery. When a batsman senses a good-length ball, he would literally tonk it over the boundary rope for a six. Those crucial runs beef up the confidence levels of the batsman and also the team in the first place.
When a team hammers a significant number of sixes, it means that the batsmen are playing an aggressive brand of cricket and looking to score runs at an exceptional pace. In this listicle, let’s get to know more about the teams who struck the most sixes in One-Day Internationals in a calendar year.
1. Team India
Team India led by Rohit Sharma have been in scintillating form in the ongoing ODI World Cup with nine straight wins on the trot. The Men in Blue scripted history by smashing as many as 215 sixes in One-Day Internationals in a calendar year (2023), the most by a team in a single year. Team India won two ODI World Cups so far.
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2. West Indies
Historically, the West Indies national cricket team has been known for its aggressive and hard-hitting style, particularly in ODIs and T20Is. The Caribbeans come second on the list as they hit as many as 209 sixes in ODIs in a calendar year (2019), the second-most by a team in a single year. West Indies won two ODI World Cups.
3. South Africa
South African national cricket team are one of the most powerful sides in international cricket. They literally have all their bases covered and are capable of taking down any opposition on their day. However, they are yet to win a World Cup. Proteas hit 203 sixes in the ongoing calendar year – 203 sixes.
4. New Zealand
The New Zealand national cricket team reached the finals of the ODI World Cup in the previous two editions (2019 and 2015) respectively. However, they failed to cross the finishing line as they surrendered at the hands of England and Australia in those two editions. They hit as many as 179 sixes in 2015.
Australia have powerful hitters who are capable of hitting sixes with ease. However, they are a smart team that doesn’t always take calculative risks in playing big shots as that might lead to dismissals. They are a team that plays according to the situation. Australia hit 165 sixes in a single calendar year (2023).
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Updated as of November 14, 2023*