• Remember, his whirlwind knock against Pakistan in the recently concluded final of 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, Pandya was determinant and went after the Sri Lankan bowlers this time around in the different ball game, as his knock included five boundaries and three sixes while scoring at the strike-rate of 102.04. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

    In Test cricket, a rare sight you see is a player going for big shots in his innings, but the emergence of T-20 cricket has changed the way the game is played.

    Recently, in the longest format of the game, we have seen team India dominate every other team that has come in their way and managed to stay on top of the ICC rankings.

    The credit for Virat Kohli-led team’s superb run goes to their spin bowling department, but one can also not ignore the team combination that Indian skipper has managed to maintain.

    In last one year, two all-rounders; Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya have stamped their authority in five-day cricket with some brilliant performances both with the bat and with the ball.

    Since everyone is looking to match up to the advancements cricket fraternity is going through at present, players (especially batsmen) have started to play Test matches taking a lot more risks than what we are used to seeing in the longest format of the game.

    Batsmen have started to play big shots quite frequently nowadays, which is why we saw Hardik Pandya coming in to bat at number eight managed to score a hundred consisting of a lot of fireworks.

    The all-rounder from Baroda smashed seven sixes in his record-breaking hundred but still when it comes to the most number of sixes hit in 2017; he’s still second to his teammate Ravindra Jadeja who leads the table with 12 sixes in Test matches played this year.

    Here’s a look at who has scored how many sixes in Test match cricket this year:

    Player Mat Inns Runs Ave 6s 50 100
    RA Jadeja (INDIA) 7 10 288 48 12 4 0
    HH Pandya (INDIA) 3 3 178 59.33 10 1 1
    MDK Perera (SL) 6 12 355 39.44 10 3 0
    Misbah-ul-Haq (PAK) 4 8 327 54.5 9 3 0
    MA Starc (AUS) 3 5 134 26.8 8 1 0
    C de Grandhomme (NZ) 4 6 108 21.6 7 1 0
    BKG Mendis (SL) 8 16 611 38.18 7 1 2
    Mushfiqur Rahim (BDESH) 5 10 574 71.75 6 2 2
    BA Stokes (ENG) 6 11 467 42.45 6 3 2
    AD Mathews (SL) 6 12 328 27.33 6 1 0
    DA Warner (AUS) 6 12 481 40.08 6 2 2
    Mohammed Shami (INDIA) 3 3 57 19 5 0 0
    WP Saha (INDIA) 8 10 379 47.37 5 1 2
    Q de Kock (SA) 9 16 559 37.26 5 4 1
    J Blackwood (WI) 2 4 181 60.33 4 1 0
    PJ Cummins (AUS) 3 5 91 22.75 4 0 0
    Younis Khan (PAK) 4 8 310 44.28 4 1 1
    Tamim Iqbal (BDESH) 6 12 477 39.75 4 5 0
    AM Rahane (INDIA) 8 13 537 48.81 4 3 1
    MJ Santner (NZ) 4 4 147 36.75 3 1 0
    LRPL Taylor (NZ) 3 4 192 64 3 2 0
    TS Roland-Jones (ENG) 3 5 69 23 3 0 0
    GJ Maxwell (AUS) 3 6 196 32.66 3 0 1
    N Wagner (NZ) 5 6 82 20.5 3 0 0
    KS Williamson (NZ) 5 7 468 78 3 1 3
    JO Holder (WI) 5 9 236 33.71 3 2 0
    MM Ali (ENG) 6 11 358 35.8 3 3 0
    N Dickwella (SL) 6 12 443 36.91 3 4 0
    KA Maharaj (SA) 8 13 150 16.66 3 0 0
    VD Philander (SA) 8 13 282 35.25 3 2 0
    WU Tharanga (SL) 8 16 430 28.66 3 2 1
    HM Amla (SA) 9 17 645 40.31 3 4 1

     

    Note: These stats are updated as of 12-09-2017.

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