Wasim Akram records hitting most sixes in a test inning, 12 sixes
Wasim Akram records hitting most sixes in a test inning, 12 sixes

Record of most sixes in a test innings, Wasim Akram

The first Test match of the Zimbabwe tour of Pakistan was held in Sheikhupura from October 17th to 21st, 1996. In this match, Wasim Akram hit 12 sixes and remained not out on 257 against Zimbabwe in 1996. He broke a six-decade-old record of 11 sixes in an innings held by Wally Hammond. This 12 sixes in an innings was the new record of most sixes in a test innings.

The match was highlighted by a remarkable performance from Wasim Akram. His unbeaten 257, achieved in eight hours and ten minutes and with 363 balls, was the highest score by a No. 8 in Test matches. He hit 12 sixes, which is the most in a Test innings, and 22 fours. Wasim broke the record of Wally Hammond, who hit 10 sixes in his innings of 336 not out in Auckland in 1932-33.

This innings by Akram was not only a testament to his all-round abilities but also a reminder of the impact one player can have on a game. It’s one of the most memorable innings by any Pakistani batsman in Test cricket history.

Another record was broken with the help of Saqlain Mushtaq as their stand of 313 in 110 overs was the highest for the eighth wicket in Test matches, surpassing the previous record of 246 set by Les Ames and Gubby Allen for England against New Zealand in 1931. In the end, a resilient Zimbabwe forced a hard fought draw. But, even in the age of T20 cricket, nobody could, as of yet, manage to break his record.

most sixes in a test innings

Most sixes in an innings

PlayerRunsBalls4s6sTeamOppositionGroundMatch Date
Wasim Akram257*3632212Pakistanv ZimbabweSheikhupura17-Oct-96
NJ Astle2221682811New Zealandv EnglandChristchurch13-Mar-02
ML Hayden3804373811Australiav ZimbabwePerth09-Oct-03
BB McCullum2021882111New Zealandv PakistanSharjah26-Nov-14
BB McCullum1951341811New Zealandv Sri LankaChristchurch26-Dec-14
BA Stokes2581983011Englandv South AfricaCape Town02-Jan-16

Wasim Akram, “Sultan of Swing”

Wasim Akram is widely regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers to have ever played the game of cricket. But, what many people may not know is that Akram was also a formidable lower-order batsman who could clear the ropes with ease. One of his most remarkable achievements as a batsman came in the form of a record for the most sixes in a test innings hit by a batsman.

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Wisden Cricketers in October 2013, a Test World XI was named, and among the all-time greats, Wasim Akram was the only Pakistani player to be selected.

Akram’s innings was a display of his incredible power and striking ability. He hit sixes all around the park, showcasing his ability to clear the ropes with ease. This record by Wasim Akram not only highlights his all-round abilities as a cricketer but also his ability to change the game with his striking power as a lower-order batsman. Even after his retirement, his record of hitting most sixes in an innings (12 in total), by a cricketer, still holds and is yet to be broken.

Considered as one of the greatest Left Arm fast bowlers in Pakistan’s cricket history, Wasim Akram holds the world record for the most wickets taken in List A cricket, with a total of 881. He is second only to Sri Lankan off-spin bowler Muttiah Muralitharan in terms of ODI wickets taken, with a total of 502.

Regarded as one of the pioneers and one of the best players of reverse swing bowling, Wasim Akram is often referred to as the “Sultan of Swing


What is Wasim Akram’s record for most sixes in a Test innings?

Wasim Akram hit a total of 12 sixes in his innings of 257* runs in the Pakistan vs Zimbabwe Test match in October 1996.

How many centuries did Wasim Akram hit in his Test career?

Wasim Akram hit a total of 3 centuries in his Test career.

How many wickets did Wasim Akram take in his Test career?

Wasim Akram took a total of 414 wickets in his Test career.

What is the highest score of Wasim Akram’s in a Test innings?

Wasim Akram highest score is 257* runs in the Pakistan vs Zimbabwe Test match in October 1996.

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