Longest sixes in cricket history

The cricket world has witnessed some awe-inspiring displays of power-hitting over the years. While clearing the boundary for a six is an art in itself, a handful of players have etched their names in history by sending the ball soaring distances that defy belief.

Pakistani legend Shahid Afridi unofficially holds the record for the longest six in cricket history. During a 2013 ODI against South Africa, Afridi unleashed a monstrous hit that traveled a staggering 153 meters, clearing the roof and exiting the stadium. However, the ICC later recorded the distance at 120 meters.

The official record belongs to Australian speedster Brett Lee, who in 2005, launched the ball a jaw-dropping 130-135 meters against the West Indies. The ball sailed over the roof of the stands and landed in the practice nets outside the stadium, leaving spectators in awe.

New Zealand’s Martin Guptill and England’s Liam Livingstone have both joined the elite club, with sixes measuring 127 meters and 122 meters, respectively. Guptill’s shot hit the roof of the Westpac Stadium in Wellington, while Livingstone’s massive hit landed on a rugby pitch near the ground.

Other notable mentions include Corey Anderson’s 122-meter six against India in 2014 and Mark Waugh’s 120-meter hit against New Zealand in a Test match back in 1999.

The domestic circuit has also witnessed extraordinary power-hitting feats. Aiden Blizzard’s 130-meter six in a T20 final in 2008 stands as the biggest six hit in domestic cricket. Albie Morkel and Adam Gilchrist have also left their mark with sixes traveling 124 meters and 122 meters, respectively.

These awe-inspiring shots not only showcase the immense power and talent of the players but also remind us of the boundless potential and excitement that cricket has to offer.