Shahid Afridi has 467 runs from 32 T20I games for Pakistan ©Getty Images
Shahid Afridi has 467 runs from 32 T20I games for Pakistan ©Getty Images

Shahid Afridi’s Pakistan did not have a great time in the Twenty20 International (T20I) series against England in UAE. They were whitewashed 0-3 after winning the Test series 2-0 and losing the One-Day International (ODI) series 1-3. Afridi smashed his way to a 20-ball 29. He could not win the match for his side, but made sure Pakistan made it to the Super Over. As is often the norm, Afridi did not hit a single four in his innings but slammed three sixes: a biff over long-on off Adil Rashid, off the fifth ball he faced; a huge slog-sweep off Moeen Ali off the ninth ball he faced; and to top it all, off the 13th ball, one that soared over the mid-wicket stands, hopefully somewhere inside the borders of UAE. The second six put Afridi at par with Brendon McCullum’s 28 sixes as T20I captain; the third six put him past McCullum. Afridi now leads the way with 29. CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs England 2015, 3rd T20I at Sharjah

Coming into the series Afridi had 23 sixes to his name; he scored a duck in the first T20I at Dubai, but hit three sixes apiece in the second match (also at Dubai) and the third at Sharjah. In the process he soared past MS Dhoni (25) and Chris Gayle (23). The other Pakistan captains with 10 or more T20I sixes are Mohammad Hafeez (20) and Shoaib Malik (13). The record for anyone from a non-Test playing nation is with William Porterfield (14), followed by Asghar Stanikzai (11) and Preston Mommsen (9). 

T20I captains with 10 or more sixes:

Player M R Ave SR 6s % runs in 6s
Shahid Afridi 32 467 16.1 153.1 30 38.54%
Brendon McCullum 28 735 29.4 130.8 29 23.67%
MS Dhoni 51 874 34.96 116.8 25 17.16%
Chris Gayle 17 490 30.63 138 24 29.39%
Paul Collingwood 30 511 19.65 130 22 25.83%
Faf du Plessis 22 735 43.24 132.7 22 17.96%
Graeme Smith 27 803 32.12 127.5 22 16.44%
George Bailey 28 470 26.11 140.7 20 25.53%
Mohammad Hafeez 29 753 28.96 115.3 20 15.94%
Darren Sammy 41 386 17.55 167.1 20 31.09%
Eoin Morgan 11 296 32.89 142.3 19 38.51%
Peter Borren 29 441 19.17 125.6 16 21.77%
Mushfiqur Rahim 23 418 24.59 126.3 15 21.53%
William Porterfield 41 734 21.59 108.9 14 11.44%
Kumar Sangakkara 22 652 34.32 122.1 13 11.96%
Shoaib Malik 17 401 30.85 122.6 13 19.45%
Asghar Stanikzai 11 227 25.22 108.6 11 29.07%
Elton Chigumbura 14 228 16.29 139.9 11 28.95%
Ricky Ponting 17 401 28.64 132.8 11 16.46%
Ross Taylor 13 263 43.83 130.8 10 22.81%

Not only has Afridi hit most sixes by a T20I captain, he has also scored a whopping 38.54% of his career runs in sixes. Curiously, Eoin Morgan matches him with 38.51% (296 runs, 19 sixes). Daren Sammy (31.09%) is the only other one in the above list with a proportion over 30 per cent. Sammy (167.1) is also the only one with a strike rate higher than Afridi’s 153.1.