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A series of towering sixes

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February 02, 2006 21:04 IST

The just-concluded India - Pakistan Test series will go down in the record books as the series of sixes.

There were 49 sixes hit in the series -- 37 by Pakistan's batsmen and 12 by India's.

The first Test, in Lahore, saw 13 sixes being hit -- 12 by Pakistan and one by India.

The second Test, in Faisalabad, had a world record 27 -- 18 for the hosts and 9 for the visitors.

The final Test, in Karachi, where there was some assistance for the bowlers, had nine -- 7 for Pakistan and two for India.

Shahid Afridi alone hit 14 sixes and equalled the existing world record of most sixes in a series.

Mohammad Yousuf (7), Abdul Razzaq (6), Shoaib Akhtar (4), Kamran Akmal (2), Shoaib Malik (1), Inzamam-ul Haq (1), Younis Khan (1) and Faisal Iqbal (1) were the others to hit sixes.

For India, Mahendra Singh Dhoni led the table with 4 sixes -- all coming in one innings, at Faisalabad.

Irfan Pathan (3), Harbhajan Singh (2), Virender Sehwag (1), Zaheer Khan (1) and Yuvraj Singh (1) were the other Indians to clear the boundary line.

The 49 sixes is the second-highest tally of sixes in a series.

The 2005 Ashes had seen 51 sixes, but there were five Tests played in that series.

The 49 sixes by India and Pakistan batsmen are easily the maximum in a three-match series, eclipsing the previous record of 40 sixes, established in the New Zealand -- England series in 2001-02.

The 27 sixes in the second Test at Faisalabad also established a new world record of most number of sixes hit in a Test. The previous record was 23 sixes, in a match between hosts New Zealand and England at Christchurch in 2001-02.

The 18 sixes hit by Pakistan's batsmen in their two innings in the third Test (11 in the first and 7 in the second) also equalled the existing world record of most sixes hit by a side in a Test match.

Most sixes in a Test
Sixes Countries Venue Season
27 Pak (18) v Ind (9) Faisalabad 2005-06
23 NZ (13) v Eng (10) Christchurch 2001-02
22 Pak (10) v NZ (12) Karachi 1976-77
19 WI (18) v Eng (1) St.John's 1985-86
19 Ind (8) v Pak (11) Madras 1986-87
19 Aus (17) v Zim (2) Perth 2003-04
19 NZ (14) v SA (5) Auckland 2003-04
19 Pak (14) v Eng (5) Faisalabad 2005-06

Most sixes by a side in a Test

Sixes Countries Venue Season
18 WI v Eng St.John's 1985-86
18 Pak v Ind Faisalabad 2005-06
17 Aus v Zim Perth 2003-04
16 Eng v Aus Birmingham 2005
15 Pak v NZ Lahore 2001-02
14 SL v NZ Auckland 1990-91
14 NZ v SA Auckland 2003-04
14 Pak v Eng Faisalabad 2005-06

Most sixes in a series

6s For Vs Season Tests
51 Eng Aus 2005 5
49 Pak Ind 2005-06 3
47 WI Aus 2002-03 4
47 WI Pak 1976-77 5
41 SA WI 2003-04 4
40 NZ Eng 2001-02 3
40 Ind WI 1974-75 5

Most sixes in a three match series

6s For Vs Venue
49 Pak* Ind 2005-06
40 NZ* Eng 2001-02
39 NZ* SA 2003-04
37 Ind* Aus 2000-01
33 Pak* Eng 2005-06
32 Ind* Aus 1997-98
31 NZ* Aus 1999-00
31 NZ* Aus 2004-05

Most sixes by a batsman in a series

6s Batsman For Vs Season
14 Wasim Raja Pak WI* 1976-77
14 A Flintoff Eng* SA 2003
14 ML Hayden Aus* Zim 2003-04
14 K Pietersen Eng* Aus 2005
14 Shahid Afridi Pak* Ind 2005-06
13 CL Cairns NZ * Aus 1999-00
13 NJ Astle NZ * Eng 2001-02

* - series venue

Rajneesh Gupta
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