After an enduring display for two long years that saw the tournament culminating with India going head-on against New Zealand at Southampton, it was the Kiwis who walked away with the bragging rights.
In an attempt to revive Test cricket and its ever-dwindling revenues, ICC introduced the World Test Championship. The tournament initially opened to mixed reactions but got back to the popular note in no time.
There was a brewing interest in Test cricket and it positively impacted the fans as they started digging in the red-ball format again. Given the contrasting conditions that the longest format of the sport comes with vis-à-vis these transitory ecstasy derived from the shorter versions of the game, fans started accepting the sport in a holistic manner.
However, the ones who are more prone towards savouring thrill from the belligerence and attacking nature of the shorter versions of the game, also started focusing on the strikes crafted by the batters in the fray.
In this story, we will take a look at five cricketers with the highest number of sixes in the span of the entire World Test Championship.
#5 Jos Buttler – 14 sixes
The English hard-hitting batsman established an aggressive brand of cricket that saw him playing the tournament with his natural flow. He managed to garner 963 runs from 18 Test matches that saw him starring in 31 innings. He was not someone to hold back and gel himself in the mould of Test cricket as it disrupted his burning fluidity. In the entire process of the whacking that he imposed upon the bowlers, he also strung together 14 monumental sixes.
#4 Rishabh Pant – 16 sixes
Pant has been an absolute revelation in the ranks of Indian cricket. The way he hacked his way to glory was nothing short of awe-inspiring. A hard-hitting reckoning force who had to fight with the likes of Wriddhimaan Saha in order to accommodate himself in the Indian team showcased exemplary brilliance after his selection. He only played 12 matches which saw him starring in 20 innings. He managed to garner 707 runs in the entire journey that saw a couple of remarkable knocks against Australia. In his entire onslaught, he hammered 16 sixes to be at number four on this list.
#3 Mayank Agarwal – 18 sixes
Mayank Agarwal’s form dipped in the recently concluded games that he was a part of but he started the fray on a rollicking note. Given the fact that he is an attacking batsman, it is quite natural on his part to go after the bowlers. He was also a part of 12 matches that saw him feature in 20 innings. He managed to blast 857 runs at a decent average of 42.85. He went on to strike 18 sixes in his overhaul of those important figures.
#2 Rohit Sharma – 27 sixes
The Indian Hitman is oblivious to any kind of holding back strategies. He stepped into the tournament in all his glory and the way he hammered his brilliance throughout was a class act. From the 12 Test matches and 19 innings that he batted in, he garnered 1094 runs at an astonishing average of 60.77 and a belligerent strike rate of 62.65. In his journey to those all-important runs, he managed to clobber 27 sixes.
#1 Ben Stokes – 31 sixes
The English all-rounder always walked with an air of supremacy around him. Despite not being at his reckoning best for the domestic tournaments, for England, he is always the numero uno. He played 17 Test matches and batted in 32 innings to carve 1334 runs at a fine average of 46.00. He also maintained a steady strike rate of 57.79. In his pursuit of excellence, he struck 31 sixes.