Former India batsman Yuvraj Singh currently holds the record for the longest six in the ICC T20 World Cup history. The left-hander smashed Australia’s Brett Lee for a gigantic 119m six during the semi-final in the 2007 ICC T20 World Cup, and the record has stood for 15 years.
It might be broken in this year’s T20 World Cup, which will kick off on October 16 in Australia. The truer pitches in Australia where the ball comes nicely onto the bat at a good height that allows the batsman to open his arms with freedom.
In this article, we look at 5 batsmen who can break Yuvraj Singh’s record in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022:
Liam Livingstone perhaps is almost everyone’s favourite to break Yuvraj Singh’s 119m six record in ICC T20 World Cup history. For the Englishman has already crossed this mark in international cricket.
Known as one of the cleanest six-hitters in the world, Livingstone smoked a massive 122m six last year in a T20I to Pakistan fast bowler Haris Rauf. At last year’s T20 World Cup in the UAE, Livingstone, in his prime form, hit South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada to 112m. During the IPL 2022, which was his best IPL season, Livingstone walloped a jaw-dropping 117m sixer to senior pacer Mohammed Shami.
In his 200-match T20 career so far, Liam Livingstone has hit 305 sixes already.
Tim David has set alight international cricket and stormed into Australia’s ICC T20 World Cup squad without even having played for Australia. A T20 globetrotter, Singapore-born David had played 14 T20Is for Singapore in 2019 and 2020 before becoming eligible to play for Australia.
He’s already had plenty of BBL experience and has marked his authority in T20 leagues around the world, forcing Mumbai Indians to fork out a million dollars for him at the IPL 2022 auction. During the IPL, he registered a strike rate of 216 and also hit a mammoth 114m six vs SRH.
A look at Tim David tells you that he is a total powerhouse and can send any bowler in the world out of the ground. The burly Australia Tim David has already hit 173 sixes in 125 T20 matches, and he’s just getting started in international cricket.
With Andre Russell and Shimron Hetmyer both not part of West Indies’ ICC T20 World Cup, the duties of providing the late flourish falls largely on the strong shoulders of Rovman Powell, who not too long ago starred for Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2022 where he maintained a strike rate of 149 and struck 22 sixes including a stunning 102m hit against SRH fast bowler Umran Malik.
During the recently-concluded CPL as well, Rovman Powell smashed 20 eye-catching sixes, and he aims to hit a 130m six someday.
There is arguably no opener more destructive than Jos Buttler currently in T20 cricket. In 35 T20I knocks as an opener, the England skipper averages 48 and strikes at 153, and has hit 58 sixes as England’s opener.
Overall, Buttler, who is known for his fast hand speed and his smarts to take down his favourable bowlers, has hit 375 sixes in T20 cricket. Buttler’s go-to slog is to come across the off-stump and hammer the ball on the leg side and with his power you can bet on him to hit sixes at will. During the IPL 2022, he hit 45 sixes one of which recorded 107m.
With his power, technique, setup, and form, David Miller could well be the left-hander who breaks Yuvraj Singh’s record. One of the cleanest hitters of the cricket ball, Miller has been in a rich vein of form since last year.
He also won his maiden IPL title, scoring 481 runs with the help of 23 sixes in IPL 2022. He has sent over 400 sixes over the fence in T20 cricket, plenty of them have been over 100m records. The phrase “If it’s in the arc, it’s out of the park” was coined keeping in mind Miller’s big six-hitting ability.