World Cup 2023 Creates History; Sets New Record In 'This' Category

image-lopm7m7aRohit Sharma has hit 22 sixes in the 2023 World Cup (AP)

The cricket ball soared over the boundary for the 500th time in the ongoing 2023 World Cup, when English opener Dawid Malan swatted Roelof van der Merwe over midwicket for a huge six.

A couple of days ago, Sri Lankan interim captain Kusal Mendis smoked six number 464 of the tournament during his innings against Bangladesh in Delhi. Mendis’ huge hit off Bangladesh’s Tanzim Hasan extended the World Cup 2023 tally of sixes beyond the 2015 edition, thus setting a new record for most maximums hit in the single edition of the cricketing carnival.

Glenn Maxwell, on the other hand, belted 10 sixes against Afghanistan a couple of days later to enhance the record, while Malan stamped the 500th maximum of the competition during England’s dead-rubber game against Netherlands.

World Cup 2023 sets all-time sixes record

The ongoing 2023 World Cup in India has become the first World Cup tournament in history to witness 500 or more sixes being hit in a single edition. The six-hitting frenzy launched with the opening game of the competition itself, where star New Zealand batters Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra belted effortless maximums against defending champions England in Ahmedabad.

The previous World Cup record of most sixes being hit in a single edition was held by the 2015 event staged across Australia and New Zealand. As many as 463 sixes were hit during the 2015 competition, and the staggering number has now been surpassed by the number of big-hitting marauders of 2023.

Most sixes in a single World Cup edition:

World Cup edition
Number of Sixes

Among all World Cup 2023 batters, Indian captain Rohit Sharma and Australian powerhouse Glenn Maxwell have emerged as the biggest benefactors of the tournament’s six-hitting extravaganza, having launched 22 sixes each from their blades. David Warner belted 20 maximums while South Africa’s outbound ODI legend Quinton de Kock dispatched 18 hits over the fence.

Remarkably, Pakistan’s makeshift opener Fakhar Zaman has also launched 18 sixes from his bat, albeit in just three innings.