Calculating the distance of the six hit by the batsmen is a new trend.

I'd searched for longest six of cricket, some said it's from Shahid Afridi, some said, it's MSD and some saying Yuvi.

I would like to know

What is the longest six in International cricket matches?

ie, Domestic matches like IPL is not a matter here.

As this question is based on stats and could be modified in future, an answer with link will be better.

  • I hope someone has made an effort to recalculate historical/modern sixes on the bases of stadium sizes, rooftop heights, etc. But here are a few candidates to enjoy in the meantime. :)
    – user1564
    Oct 19 '13 at 12:59
  • Performance doesn't seem to be an appropriate tag IMO. Since a player can hit a log six by good timing too. :) Oct 21 '13 at 10:02
  • These are two questions. I think you should ditch the shortest six part of the question. Perhaps ask it in a different question. This here seems a very funny candidate, but the scorecard shows this to be 5 penalty runs: hence no six for the batsman.
    – user1564
    Oct 21 '13 at 17:49
  • @aufkag, Question edited. Oct 22 '13 at 4:54
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    There is an article in cricinfo about longest Sixes. Jul 12 '16 at 8:09

YouTube is notoriously unreliable when it comes to records claims, so I am answering this question with a candidate for the longest six in international cricket that at least has a somewhat more reliable reference. I am not claiming this is the record holder.

Mark Waugh from Daniel Vettori, 1997

Test no. 1386 | 1997/98 season Played at Western Australia Cricket Association Ground, Perth 20,21,22,23 November 1997 (5-day match)

Under the Perth floodlights, which were switched on after tea, the first such use in Tests, he on-drove Vettori more than 130 yards [119 meters] on to the roof of the five-tier Lillee-Marsh Stand, a shot many locals believed to be the biggest six at the WACA ground.


He proceeded to score 86, including a lofted drive from Daniel Vettori onto the roof of the Lillee-Marsh Stand. The ball travelled approximately 130 m, one of the longest sixes in history.


Here is YouTube footage of the shot.

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    Afridi's hit vs Symonds at this very venue, 2004/05 (Game 8, VB Series) drew following instantaneous reactions from Bil Lawry was: "O ho ho!! That is the biggest six! That is the biggest six you ever seen. Afridi has launched it on the top of the stand". Later on Sky Sports, Ian Ward discussed it and guests claimed Afridi six is well ahead of Mark Waugh's six you mentioned here May 30 '16 at 13:05

Shahid Afridi hit the biggest six in cricket history against South Africa in 2013 in his 88 runs innings. The distance of the six measured 158 meters.

  1. SHAHID AFRIDI - 160 m
  2. SHAHID AFRIDI - 158 m
  3. MARTIN GUPTILL - 129 m
  4. KIERON POLLARD - 125 m
  5. ALBIE MORKEL - 124 m
  7. CHRIS GAYLE - 120 m
  8. CHRIS GAYLE - 119 m
  9. M.S. DHONI - 112.6 m
  10. CHRIS GAYLE - 112 m

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