Cricket Feature: Pinch-hitters from India, Australia and England show off their hitting skills time and again
No matter what the situation of a T20I game is, sixes can change the results of any game. If your team starts hitting maximums, you can chase any target or post a mammoth total
On the other hand, if bowlers are not letting you open your arms, the pressure of no sixes succumbs you making scoring difficult.
Sixes are the best recipe for sky-rocking the scoring run rate, and sometimes, having a player who can ruthlessly hammer long sixes from the very first ball makes all the difference in the effort put together by both teams.
With T20I World Cup to resume in almost three weeks, every central team have announced their squad for the tournament in Australia. And the top teams - Australia, England, and India are rock solid with these power-hitters.
Here are the six-hitting fanatics in these three teams who can turn the game anytime with their capability to hit back-to-back sixes.
Australia - Matthew Wade and Glenn Maxwell
Who doesn't remember the semi-final game of last year's T20I World Cup, when Matthew Wade took Australia into the finals, hammering Pakistan's best bowler, Shaheen Shah Afridi, for back-to-back sixes?
Matthew Wade has one of the most potent bat swings of all time. He demonstrated his six-hitting capabilities in the first match of the India tour on 20th September when he repeated the same gameplay.
Before Matthew Wade came in, Australia had their dedicated maximum specialist - Glenn Maxwell. His batting range and kneed sixes are scary for any bowling team because Glenn Maxwell is simply unstoppable when he gets it going.
England - Liam Livingstone and Moeen Ali
The only word that's fit to describe Liam Livingstone is "The Beast". He is a batter with many records: the fastest century, most sixes, and the longest six. The commentator usually describes his sixes as monstrous and gigantic.
His role in England team is to come in the middle order and hit the boundary from the moment he gets to the crease. "I think I have a very natural swing. That's something I've been blessed with. It's also years of travelling around the world, going to the IPL, and batting in the nets with different people.", said Liam Livingstone.
The other person for England who is a master in hitting sixes is Moeen Ali. The current captain of the ongoing series against Pakistan has been doing the job of hitting sixes and accelerating the run rate or chasing the target for a long time now.
The left-arm batter brings powerful strength in hitting, and his strike rate in the last game against Pakistan of 239 speaks everything about him.
India - Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya
Once Virendar Sehwag was known for hitting a boundary on the first ball he faced, and now it's Suryakumar Yadav. He even started his international career by hitting six on the very first ball he faced on debut.
The leading run scorer for India in T20I this year has also got the name of India's Mr 360. He recently assaulted Australia in the last T20I, with a strike rate of 184, and before that, in Asia Cup, he destroyed Hong Kong's Haroon Arshad in the previous over with 6,6,6,0,6.
Hardik Pandya is currently the most in-form cricketer on the planet this year. After winning the IPL 2022, he continued his "Kung-Fu Pandya" mode in the Asia Cup and is now against Australia in the first match of the ongoing series.
These six-hitting fanatics will bring great entertainment to all cricket fans in the upcoming T20I World Cup in Australia and an incredible thrill into competition. The six-counter will be hitting new heights in the World Cup.