Batsmen Normally play a defensive cricket in Test matches. The success achieved by legendary Test cricketers like Sunil Gavaskar and Rahul Dravid stands testimony to that.
But not all players follow the same tried and tested template to be successful in Test cricket.
During the long and illustrious history of the game, a few players have tried to play their natural attacking game even in Test cricket. They have carved out a niche for themselves and set a new trend for the upcoming generations, showing a particular affinity for hitting sixes.
Here, we take a look at the most prolific six-hitters in the history of Test cricket. Some of the prolific six-hitters of this generation like MS Dhoni and AB de Villiers are surprisingly absent from this list; they have hit 78 and 64 sixes during their respective Test careers.
Before we get to the list of the top 5, here are the 5 cricketers who make up the top 10 list:
#1 Brendon McCullum – 107 sixes (101 matches)
#2 Adam Gilchrist – 100 sixes (96 matches)
#3 Chris Gayle – 98 sixes (103 matches)
#4 Jacques Kallis – 97 sixes (166 matches)
#5 Virender Sehwag – 91 sixes (104 matches)
#6 Brian Lara – 88 sixes (131 matches)
#7 Chris Cairns – 87 sixes (62 matches)
#8 Viv Richards – 84 sixes (121 matches)
#9 Andrew Flintoff – 82 sixes (79 matches)
10 Matthew Hayden – 82 sixes (103 matches)