Tim Southee isn’t just recognized for his bowling achievements, the New Zealander has been progressively ascending the batting statistics in Test cricket when it pertains to six-hitting. New Zealand possesses a stable top-order and bowling attack, as well as a batsman in the tail and Tim Southee continues to be a game-changer in this respect, having reached a key milestone on day five of the ICC World Test Championship final against India.
Southee struck a couple of huge sixes against India, adding 30 crucial runs to the total and enabling New Zealand to establish a crucial 32-run lead in the first innings. He smacked a six over Ishant Sharma’s head and then smashed a short one into the mid-wicket stand from Ravindra Jadeja before being dismissed.
His 46-ball innings included a boundary and two maximums which increased his tally of sixes in Test cricket to 75 surpassing Ricky Ponting and is only three shy from MS Dhoni. The New Zealand pacer is ranked 15th among batters with the most sixes and third among New Zealand batsmen with the most sixes in the game’s longest format.
Most sixes in Test cricket
- Brendon McCullum – 107 in 101 matches
- Adam Gilchrist – 100 in 96 matches
- Chris Gayle – 98 in 103 matches
- Jacques Kallis 97 in 166 matches
- Virender Sehwag 91 in 104 matches
- Brian Lara – 88 in 131 matches
- Chris Cairns – 87 in 62 matches
- Vivian Richards – 84 in 121 matches
- Andrew Flintoff – 82 in 79 matches
- Matthew Hayden – 82 in 103 matches
- Misbah ul Haq – 81 in 75 matches
- Kevin Pietersen – 81 in 104 matches
- Ben Stokes – 79 in 71 matches
- MS Dhoni – 78 in 90 matches
- Tim Southee – 75 in 79 matches
- Ricky Ponting – 73 in 168 matches
Tim Southee becomes second New Zealand bowler to claim 600+ wickets in international cricket
Along with reaching a high in six-hitting tally, Southee also rose through the ranks in the wicket-taking column as he became the second New Zealand bowler to reach the mark of 600 wickets in International cricket.
With the wicket of Shubman Gill in India’s second innings, he reached the milestone and went on to dismiss Rohit Sharma to add another scalp to his tally. Southee currently has 601 wickets and is only behind Daniel Vettori, who has 696 wickets to his name.