The 50 overs format has evolved distinctively in the last decade. From the times when 250 was considered a par score, to now 350+ targets being chased with ease – the game has come a long way. The role of batters has changed steadily with the need of scoring runs at a brisk rate being of prime importance. In the day and age where scouts and coaches look for talents who could strike the ball hard, it is hard to believe there have been several players who have had successful ODI stints without even hitting a six in their entire career. Let’s take a look at 5 batsmen who could never hit a six in their ODI career.
A list of 5 batsmen who Never hit A six in their ODI career
Glenn McGrath was perhaps the greatest fast bowler of his generation. With 381 wickets to his name, the Aussie maestro is the 7th highest wicket-taker in the history of ODIs. While his peers might have struggled to match his bowling repertoire, the fact that McGrath never hit a six is amusing. He featured in 250 ODIs, to aggregate 641 runs but none of which came from an over-boundary.
Kepler Wessels is one of those rare players who played for two national sides in international cricket. He made his ODI debut for Australia in 1983. Wessels went on to lead South Africa in the post-apartheid era in the later phase of his career. Known for playing anchor roles, Wessels amassed 3,367 runs in 109 ODIs overall. In spite of playing over 100 ODIs, he could never hit a six in his entire limited-overs career.
Australia dominated the decade of 2000 across all formats. It was difficult for yound talents to make their place in a team that was filled with veterans of the game. Callum Ferguson was an exception. A prodigy noted for his modish strokes broke into the squad to bloster the batting strength of the team in ODIs. Because of his inconsistent performances in international cricket, Ferguson could only manage a brief stint in Aussie colors. In 30 ODIs, he scored 663 runs at an august average of 41.43 .His strike rate of over 85 reflects his ability to score swiftly. Still it is strange to know, that he failed to dispatch the ball in the stands even for once in ODIs!
Manoj Prabhakar, one of the most controversial figures in Indian cricket, is also an addition to the list of batsmen who never hit a six in their ODI career. Prabhakar was right-arm seamer who began his career as a lower middle-order batter. However, he was soon promoted to the opening slot and opened for India in 45 occasions. In 130 ODIs, he managed a decent average of 24.12. But unluckily, he could never clear the ropes in his entire career.
Sir Geoffrey Boycott
Sir Geoffrey Boycott is the most noteworthy member of this club. Described in “The Complete Encyclopaedia of Cricket” as “one of the greatest opening batsmen that the game has known”, Boycott’s vigilant approach towards batting was the biggest reason behind why he refrained from reckless hitting. Interestingly, he was the first ever batsman to face a delivery in ODIs and also the first to be dismissed.
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