Cricket is a gentleman’s game as everyone says. The game turns into a destructive game when the batsman decides to dominate it. The power of the batsman can turn the game in just a few overs. Whenever a batsman switches on his destructive mode, he can easily break the bowling side’s attack and morale. There have been instances in recent history where games quickly turned around as soon as the batsman had switched on the attack mode.
Some of the most powerful batsmen the world of cricket has ever seen are:-
10) Shahid Afridi – Pakistan All-Rounder:
Shahid Afridi is a Pakistani cricketer and former captain of the Pakistani national team. Afridi is often recognized as one of cricket’s most popular and destructive players. Afridi, an all-rounder who bowled leg-spin and was noted for his aggressive batting style, was an all-rounder who bowled leg-spin. In addition, Afridi held the world record for the fastest ODI century, which he scored in 37 deliveries.
After 17 years, Corey Anderson smashed the previous record. Shahid Afridi also holds the record for most sixes hit in ODI. During the mid-1990s, Afridi was one of the first players to embrace the shift in batting mindset. While his performances are more erratic than anybody else in the game, his irregular innings of substance always leave a trail of damage in their wake, That is why Afridi is one of the Most powerful batsman in the world.
Brendon McCullum- Kiwi Legend:
Brendon McCullum is a New Zealand cricket coach, broadcaster, and former player who played all formats and was a captain in all formats. McCullum was known for his swift scoring, and he holds the record for the fastest test century of all time.
He is regarded as one of New Zealand cricket’s most successful batters and captains.
McCullum is the previous highest run-scorer in Twenty20 International cricket, and he is the first and only Kiwi player to have two T20 International century and 2000 runs in T20 Internationals.
McCullum was the first T20I batsman to score two tonnes.
He formerly held the record for the greatest individual score in a Twenty20 International, 123 against Bangladesh in 2012, as well as the third-best individual score in all Twenty20 cricket, 158 not out for the Kolkata Knight Riders against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2008.
These numbers by McCullum are enough to prove the destruction he used to cause with the bat, the Cricket World recognize him as one of the Most powerful batsman in the world.
8) Adam Gilchrist – World Cup Legend
Adam Gilchrist is a cricket pundit, former Australian international cricketer, and former Australian national team captain.
He was a record-breaking wicketkeeper and the offensive left-handed batter who revolutionized the job for the Australian national team with his aggressive hitting.
He is widely considered to be one of the finest wicket-keeper-batsmen in the game’s history.
Record of three World Cups
His strike rate is among the best in ODI and Test history, and his 57-ball century against England in Perth in December 2006 is the fourth-fastest century in Test history.
He was the first player to score 100 sixes in Test cricket.
The power-hitting ability of Adam took Australian Cricket to new heights.
He holds the record of scoring a minimum of 50 runs in three consecutive cricket world cup finals in 1999, 2003, and 2007.
7) Virender Sehwag – The Face of Calm Aggression:
Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag From 1999 until 2013, represented India. In Indian domestic cricket, he represented Delhi and Haryana. Throughout his career, he was an aggressive opening batter.
He is widely recognized as one of the most lethal batters of all time, because of his destructive skills, he was known as the Most powerful batsman in the world.
Singing and Smashing:
Sehwag batted as an aggressive right-handed opener.
Sehwag used to smash lethal bowling attack for fun while singing songs.
During an interview, Virender Sehwag revealed that once while batting he forgot the lyrics of a song and during the break between an over, he asked teammate Ishant Sharma to get the lyrics of the song.
This happened while he was facing the deadly Pakistan bowlers.
In the same match, he played rapid innings to complete his century for fun.
6) Mahendra Singh Dhoni – Finisher with the Gloves:
MS Dhoni is the finest wicketkeeper-batsman in the history of cricket. He has built a name for himself in all forms of cricket, including One Day Internationals, Test Matches, and Twenty20s.
Mastermind of the Indian cricket team:
MS Dhoni is a current player with the Chennai Super Kings and a former Indian cricketer for the Indian cricket team.
After a 28-year wait, India won the cricket world cup under Dhoni’s captaincy in the final, the destructive batting skills of Dhoni helped Indian clinch the victory.
Dhoni is a middle-order batsman and his extraordinary batting skills, especially in the death overs could change the game at any point.
To date, he is regarded as one of the best finishers of the game.
No one at the international level could do what he did with the bat. Dhoni was a very enigmatic player.
During a game in the ipl, Dhoni’s team needed 23 runs off 6 balls and it had to be Dhoni to win the match at this situation.
5) Andre Russell – Jamaican Hitter:
Andre Russell is a Jamaican professional cricketer who plays as an all-rounder for the West Indies and Jamaica in West Indian domestic cricket.
He has appeared in almost 300 Twenty20 (T20) matches for a variety of teams in leagues all around the world.
Russell hit a century in a record 40 balls in the 2018 Caribbean Premier League and also grabbed a hat-trick in the same game, becoming only the second player in T20 history to do so, The Caribbean prodigy is known as one of the Most powerful batsman in the world.
Beast for Limited overs
Russell is best suited for ODI and T20 cricket. During the 2019 IPL season, Russell went to the end of the season with a massive strike rate of 205 which is something unreal. He also went on to hit 52 sixes during the season
On 16 August 2016 Russell scored the fastest Caribbean Premier League century, completing his 100 in 42 balls. He broke his own CPL record in 2018 with a century in 40 balls.
4) Yuvraj Singh – The Six King:
Yuvraj Singh was one of those dangerous hard hitters in cricket history whose power of batting can be easily clarified with the fact that he is the first batsman to have hit 6 sixes in six balls. The hard-hitting of Yuvi and the ability to drop massive sixes made him one of the most destructive batsmen.
Yuvraj played an important role with the bat to bring in the world cup for India in 2011. Opposition bowlers used to fear Yuvi when he was in his prime.
A number of well-reputed International bowlers have agreed to the fact that they feared bowling Yuvraj as he used to smash the balls here and there without showing any mercy.
3) Kieron Pollard – West indies King:
Kieron Pollard is a cricketer from Trinidad and Tobago. He is the captain of the West Indies team in limited-overs cricket and the Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League. He is an all-rounder with a right arm medium-fast bowling style.
Following his performance in the 2009 Champions League, he was recruited by the Southern Redbacks and Somerset for their respective domestic Twenty20 seasons.
In a March 2021 match against Sri Lanka, he smashed six sixes in one over delivered by Akila Dananjaya, becoming the third batter in international cricket history to do it after Herschelle Gibbs and Yuvraj Singh.
The list of Dangerous hard hitters in cricket is always incomplete without the mention of the destructive Pollard. Fans love when they see Pollard smashing bowlers left and right, be it in the International game or the Indian premier league.
2) AB De Villiers – Mr. 360 of World cricket:
Abraham Benjamin de Villiers is a former professional cricketer who played for South Africa.
He holds the ODI records for the fastest 50, 100, and 150 runs, and he is the only batsman in history to average over 50 with a strike rate of over 100. (batsmen who have scored at least 5000 runs) He is widely regarded as one of baseball’s all-time best batters and is known as ” Mr. 360 “.
The world of cricket has never seen such hard-hitting by a right-hander as the guy from South Africa showed everyone.
He was one of the most dangerous hard hitters South Africa has ever produced. Ab was the most destructive batsman from South Africa in the world cup. Ab is undoubtedly the greatest batsman to have ever played for South Africa.
1)Most powerful batsman in the world- Chris gayle – Boss from the West Indies Cricket Team
When talking about hard hitters, the list always has the West Indian at the top. Chris Gayle is a top-order batsman for the west indies cricket team who hit sixes just for fun. If the number of cricket balls Chris gayle has smashed outside the stadium for West indies was to be counted, fingers for a single person would be full.
Universe Boss of International Cricket
The Universe Boss from West indies, Chris gayle is no doubt the most dangerous batsman in history.
West indies has produced some great hard hitters but only one Chris Gayle who is to be the best batsman to have played for West Indies. In all three versions of the game, Chris Gayle has set many world records.
He holds the most international caps for the West Indies and is the only player to score three centuries: a triple century in Test cricket, a double century in ODI, and a century in Twenty20 International cricket. Gayle is the first player in the history of T20 cricket to score over 14000 runs and hit over 1000 sixes.
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