The seed of T20 format was planted by England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) back in 2003 in the inter-county competition. After the success, the International Cricket Council (ICC) acknowledged the newest format and the first Men’s T20 international was held between Australia and New Zealand on February 17, 2005, at Eden Park in Auckland. Since then, there have been numerous T20Is played between various nations.
Without a doubt, one could say that the shorter format has helped fans to see cricket as a mode of entertainment. It has also given a platform to many such batsmen who were not considered to be technically correct but had the ability to send the ball into the stands.
The massive love and acceptance by fans have also given birth to many domestic T20 tournaments, such as the Indian Premier League (IPL), Big Bash League (BBL), Vitality Blast, Caribbean Premier League (CPL), Pakistan Super League (PSL) and few more.
With more and more matches at international level as well in the domestic circuit, shots like ‘Dil Scoop’, ‘Switch Hit’, ‘The Helicopter’ etc. came into existence. However, the format has left a heavy impact on bowlers as they can be thrashed in any part of the ground irrespective of the number of balls delivered in the match.
Many big names in the shorter format have been on the receiving end whenever batsmen take bowlers to the cleaners. Let’s have a look at five such bowlers who have conceded most sixes in T20 format across the world.
5.) Sunil Narine
The most surprising name in this list is of West Indies’ mystery spinner Sunil Narine. The offie, who is regarded as one of the toughest bowlers to pick has been greeted with many sixes in his T20 career by the batsmen.
Narine has appeared in 336 T20 matches so far in his career and has bowled 7682 deliveries, which is the second-highest tally by any bowler in the history. The Trinidadian bowler has taken 379 wickets which is the third-best figure by any bowler in the world. When it comes to conceding runs, then Narine again sits at the third place having given as many as 7720 runs in T20s. The 31-year-old has conceded 245 sixes in his T20 career.
4.) Imran Tahir
Another spinner on this list is South Africa’s Imran Tahir. The talented leg-break bowler has been a phenomenon in world cricket, especially in the shorter format. He has the ability to make batsmen dance to his tunes and often traps them by his magical deliveries. However, he has been hammered for the maximums for quite a number of times in his career.
The right-armer has played 290 T20 games and has bowled 6203 deliveries. He has given 7246 runs in his T20 career. When it comes to getting hit for sixes then for 252 times Tahir’s deliveries have been slammed into the stands.
3.) Andre Russell
Regarded as one of the most brutal hitters of a cricket ball, Andre Russell has also tasted his own medicine several times. The talented all-rounder has so far played 321 T20 matches and bowled 5460 deliveries. He has also given 7532 runs in that many games. Out of which 1656 runs have come from sixes as the Jamaican cricketer has conceded 276 sixes in his T20 career.
Arguably one of the most exceptional talents that Bangladesh cricket has given to the world is veteran all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. The left-armer has played 308 T20 games so far and has taken 354 wickets which is the fifth-best by any bowler. Shakib has given 7459 runs in his T20 career and has conceded 278 sixes.
1.) Dwayne Bravo
Dwayne Bravo, one of the most celebrated Caribbean cricketers of 21st century, is the leader of this list. In fact, Bravo has played so many games in T20 format across the globe that he holds the top spot in almost every category. For example, in T20s, Bravo has bowled the maximum deliveries, i.e. 8869 balls. With 497 scalps to his name, Bravo is the highest wicket-taker as well.
The Trinidadian cricketer has played 455 games in the T20 format which is the second-highest after his countryman Kieron Pollard. Bravo has also given maximum 12,191 runs while bowling in those many matches. When it comes to conceding the maximums, then Bravo is the topper among those whose deliveries has been sent into the stands for as many as 430 times.