Most sixes in a Test innings

Yashasvi Jaiswal scored his 2nd double-century in his test career and on his way to achieving the feat, the 22-year-old slammed 12 sixes, equaling Wasim Akram for the most sixes in a Test inning.

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Most sixes in a Test innings

Yashasvi Jaiswal equaled Wasim Akram's record of most sixes in a test inning Image - Getty

The 22-year-old left-handed batter Yashasvi Jaiswal hit 12 sixes to occupy the top spot alongside Wasim Akram in the list of most sixes in a test inning. Jaiswal became only the second batter to hit more than 11 sixes in a test match, achieving the feat during his second double-century in the third test match against England.

Yashasvi fearlessly dealt in sixes and boundaries and dominated the English bowlers to bring up the feat in only 231 deliveries. After retiring hurt on 104 on day 3, Jaiswal returned to the bat after the fall of the third wicket.

He reached his double hundred comfortably, and on his way to achieving the feat, the 22-year-old slammed 12 sixes, equaling Wasim Akram at the top. The left-handed batter became the first Indian to convert the first three hundreds of his career to 150-plus scores.

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Wasim Akram achieved the feat when he played a sensational knock of 257 in 363 deliveries against Zimbabwe at Sheikhupura in the 1996/97 test series. He held the world record of hitting the highest number of sixes in a test inning for the last 27 years until Yashasvi Jaiswal finally equaled it against England. Wasim Akram and Yashasvi Jaiswal followed by legendary names like Nathan Astle, Matthew Hayden, and Brendon McCullum on the list.

New Zealand's Nathan Astle scored a double century in only 153 balls. His knock of 222 off 168 balls came in the second inning of the match as New Zealand was set a target of 550 runs. Astle registered 28 boundaries and 11 sixes in his inning.

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The Australian legendary batter Matthew Hayden scored 380 runs during a test match against Zimbabwe at the Perth WACA ground in the 2003/04 season including an astonishing 11 sixes.

The former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum comes on the list with two innings featuring 11 sixes each. Firstly, against Pakistan in Sharjah during the 2014/15 season, where he scored 202 runs, and then against Sri Lanka in Christchurch during the same season, where he scored 195 runs.

Most sixes in a Test innings

Batter Runs Balls Sixes SR Team Opposition Venue Year
Yashasvi Jaiswal 214 236 12 90.68 India England Rajkot 2024
Wasim Akram 257 363 12 70.79 Pakistan Zimbabwe Sheikhupura Stadium 1996
Nathan Astle 222 168 11 132.14 New Zealand England Jade Stadium 2002
Matthew Hayden 380 437 11 86.95 Australia Zimbabwe WACA Ground 2003
Brendon McCullum 202 188 11 107.44 New Zealand Pakistan Sharjah Cricket Stadium 2014
Brendon McCullum 195 134 11 145.52 New Zealand Sri Lanka Hagley Oval 2014
Ben Stokes 258 198 11 130.3 England South Africa Newlands 2016
Kusal Mendis 245 291 11 84.19 Sri Lanka Ireland Galle International Stadium 2023
Wally Hammond 336 10 England New Zealand Eden Park 1933
Chris Cairns 120 96 9 125 New Zealand Zimbabwe Eden Park 1996
Inzamam-ul-Haq 329 436 9 75.45 Pakistan New Zealand Gaddafi Stadium 2002
Tim Southee 77 40 9 192.5 New Zealand England McLean Park 2008
Chris Gayle 333 437 9 76.2 West Indies Sri Lanka Galle International Stadium 2010
Shimron Hetmyer 93 92 9 101.08 West Indies Bangladesh Shere Bangla National Stadium 2018
Ben Stokes 155 214 9 72.42 England Australia Lord's 2023

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