The 2011-12 southern hemisphere season has seen some six-hitting records being established with Jesse Ryder, the hard-hitting Kiwi, and young South African Richard Levi each writing their names into the game’s record books with some explosive feats of batting.
On November 27, Ryder equalled the first-class record for the most number of sixes in an innings, already jointly held by Gloucestershire’s Andrew Symonds and Essex’s Graham Napier, when he struck 16 sixes in his brutal innings of 175 against Australia A at Brisbane, with his blitzkrieg of blows coming on the final day of the drawn contest.
Then on February 19, Richard Levi, the 24-year-old South African, struck thirteen sixes in his unbeaten 117 against New Zealand in their Twenty20 International at Hamilton, with the big-hitting batsman – in just his second international appearance – scoring no less than 98 of his runs in boundaries.
Levi’s efforts duly eclipsed the previous world-best of 10 sixes in a Twenty20 international, held by West Indian Chris Gayle against South Africa at Johannesburg in 2007-08. Only one player has scored more sixes than Levi in an international limited-overs contest, with Shane Watson striking 15 sixes in his innings of 185 not out for Australia against Bangladesh at Dhaka in April 2011.
As far as Test cricket is concerned, the six-hit record remains 12 in an innings, by Wasim Akram for Pakistan against Zimbabwe at Sheikhupura in 1996-97 when the all-rounder hit a dozen maximums in his unbeaten 257.
*For full scorecard of match featuring Richard Levi’s record-breaking 117 not out, go to: http://stats.thecricketer.com/Scorecards/345/345876.html