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Shahid Afridi challenges Chris Gayle for a six-hitting contest

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has thrown an open challenge towards West Indies batsman Chris Gayle to six-hitting prowess.

Earlier this week, the veteran West Indies batsman had equalled Afridi’s record of 476 sixes in all formats during his 73-run knock in the third match against Bangladesh.

Taking to social media, Afridi congratulated the big-hitting batsman in his record.

“No worries at all in the Universe Boss taking over my record! Richly deserved, hope to play a single wicket match with you one day, let’s see who hits more sixes and there should be no rules for getting OUT!” he posted in a reply to cricket journalist Saj Sadiq’s tweet.

Earlier Gayle had been quoted as saying, “To be able to tie with Afridi with 476 sixes is great. I think I’ll keep it at that and hit no more sixes. I think we’re both big six-hitters, entertainers and it’s fantastic to be joint first with Shahid Afridi. So boom-boom, don’t worry, your record is safe, okay.”

Earlier, West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle has equalled the world record of Pakistani star Shahid Khan Afridi for most sixes in one day international cricket.

Chris Gayle smashed five sixes against Bangladesh in the third and final One-day International (ODI) at Warner Park in St Kitts to become the most number of six hitter in International cricket.

The swashbuckling West Indies batsman, who scored a blistering 73-run from 66 balls equalled Pakistan superstar Shahid Afridi’s feat of identical number of sixes.

Both the batsmen now have 476 sixes against their name. Gayle achieved the feat in 443 matches while Afridi reached the mark in 524 matches. However, Gayle’s power-packed knock on top of the order failed to help West Indies clinch a ODI series victory against Bangladesh — who won the series 2-1.

Gayle, however can surpass Afridi to become highest six-hitter when the West Indies take on Bangladesh in the first of three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) on August 1.

The 38-year-old Gayle has played 81 matches less than Afridi in international cricket. Although, he has played five more innings on his way to the milestone.

Afridi has hit 351 sixes in ODIs, 73 sixes in T20Is and 52 in Tests. Gayle on the other hand has scored 275 sixes in ODIs, 103 sixes in T20Is and 98 maximums in the longest format of the game.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is fifth on the chart with 342 sixes from 504 matches.

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