The T20 format has changed the game of cricket, bringing about a more rapid and aggressive approach by the players. Over the last few years, the world has witnessed the game transform, with the players ready to experiment.
The batters have invented various shots, to expand their range of shots and keep up with the game. Some extravagant, powerful, and innovative sixes have left the fans amazed and stunned. One such shot is a ‘no-look’ six, which we have witnessed a few times in world cricket. The shot displays a batter’s sheer confidence at the crease.
In this article, we take a look at the top five no-look sixes that have been hit in world cricket.
#5 Andre Fletcher’s vs Brisbane Heat in BBL 2020-21
Andre Fletcher is known for his explosive batting exploits in world cricket. During the second match of the Big Bash League 2020-21 season, he delightfully spectacular shot. Playing his debut BBL match, against the Brisbane Heat in Canberra, Fletcher did not get off to the best of starts.
However, in the third over, on the second delivery, he slammed a brilliant ‘no-look’ six against Xavier Bartlett. He picked up the length early and dispatched it over the backward square leg boundary. The shot left the fans in awe as Andre Fletcher stood at this crease, staring down the pitch without looking at the ball.
On-air commentators, Adam Gilchrist and Brett Lee also lauded Andre Fletcher’s no-look hit. The West Indies batter has done it on many occasions in world cricket.
#4 Shubman Gill vs Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2021
Indian batter Shubman Gill’s classic shots are a sight to behold for the cricket fans in the world. During the IPL 2021 encounter against Sunrisers Hyderabad, he could not contribute much but hit an exquisite six, which left the fans amazed.
T Natarajan bowled an overpitched delivery against Shubman Gill, which the Kolkata Knight Riders batter deposited into the stands. He played it with a straight bat and a perfect elbow. What made it more stunning was his no-look follow-through, indicating that as soon as he hit the ball, he knew it will go the long distance.
#3 MS Dhoni’s six against New Zealand in 2009
MS Dhoni is perhaps one of the greatest captains the game has ever witnessed. His shrewd cricketing brain has contributed to significant wins for India and his Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings. Along with his astute leadership, MS Dhoni is also one of the best finishers in the business.
The wicket-keeper batter played a brilliant knock in the third ODI against New Zealand at Christchurch in 2009. He slammed five boundaries and a couple of sixes in the innings. However, his no-look six in the forty-fourth over was an absolute swashbuckling hit.
MS Dhoni picked the ball correctly as soon as the ball left Grant Elliot’s hands. He swung his bat and timed the ball perfectly, without even bothering to look at it. The ball went around 30 rows into the stands over long-on for a huge six. He finished the inning with 68 runs off 58 balls.
— Shankar Biradar (@ShankarB_06) December 18, 2021
#2 Washington Sundar’s six against Australia in 2021
Washington Sundar’s innings against Australia in 2021 proved to be a historic knock as India won the series 2-1 breaching the fortress Gabba. He scored a crucial 62 runs knock in the first innings of the test match. Sundar’s six against Nathan Lyon was a brilliant sight for the fans.
On the final delivery off the 104th over, Sundar went down on his back hit and slogged swept Nathan Lyon for a six-over deep mid-wicket. He kept his head down as he timed the ball to perfection. India managed to get close to Australia’s first innings total and went to on win the test by three wickets.
Watch the ball till the end? Na, smash the ball into the stands without looking!
Incredible from Washington Sundar.pic.twitter.com/dzIB7h0bNl
— CricketNext (@cricketnext) January 17, 2021
#1 Dewald Brevis’ six against Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2022
Dewald Brevis‘ batting style is often compared to former South African AB De Villiers’ batting style. He made the headlines after his brilliant performance in the U19 World Cup in 2022. This earned him a contract with the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League 2022 season.
“Baby AB” as Brevis is referred to, displayed his range of shots to the world during his IPL stint this year. In his first-ever IPL match, the youngster slammed a ‘no-look six’ against Varun Chakravarthy, which left everyone stunned. The ball drifted down the leg-side, but Brevis deposited it into the stands, without even looking at it.