Most sixes in a first-class innings

Cricket, often hailed as a gentleman’s game, occasionally witnesses moments that transcend tradition and redefine the boundaries of what’s possible on the field. The art of power-hitting has become an integral part of the sport, with batters displaying an audacious approach. Here, we explore the top three instances where batters showcased an unparalleled ability to clear the boundary ropes with a record number of sixes in first-class matches.

3) Shafiqullah – 22 Sixes

During the 2018 Alokozay Ahmad Shah Abdali 4-day Tournament at Kunar Cricket Ground, Shafiqullah delivered a stunning performance with an innings of 200* runs from 89 balls, breaking records with 22 sixes and highlighting his prowess in dismantling bowling attacks. Boost Region was treated to an unforgettable spectacle as Shafiqullah made a lasting impact on the tournament. Despite the match ending in a draw, Shafiqullah’s innings played a crucial role, thwarting the opposition’s chances of victory. His outstanding display rightfully earned him the Player of the Match award.

2) Colin Munro – 23 Sixes

In 2015, at McLean Park, Napier, Colin Munro’s audacious innings of 281 runs from 167 balls included an extraordinary 23 sixes. This display of power-hitting against Central Districts became an iconic chapter in First-Class cricket, underlining Munro’s dominance with the bat. The match resulted in a commanding win for Auckland by an innings and 64 runs, and Munro’s innings played a pivotal role in their success.

1) Tanmay Agarwal – 26 Sixes

During the 2023/24 Ranji Trophy Plate game at NexGen Cricket Ground in Hyderabad, Tanmay Agarwal’s monumental innings of 366 runs in just 181 balls, featuring an astonishing 26 sixes, left a lasting imprint on the cricketing world. Arunachal Pradesh’s bowlers could only watch as Agarwal propelled Hyderabad to a colossal total of 615/4. The match concluded with a resounding victory for Hyderabad by an innings and 187 runs, and Agarwal rightfully earned the Player of the Match for his extraordinary performance.