THE Pakistan player Misbah-ul-Haq has hit the biggest six of the ICC World Twenty20 up to the end of the two group stages, with the ball estimated by computer to have travelled 111 metres. That is a very big clonk, covering almost twice the boundary distance.
New technology used by ESPN Star Sports has been calculating how far sixes would probably have travelled. Misbah hit his biggest six against Australia in an innings of 66 off 42 balls at Wanderers in Johannesburg, which has relatively thin air.
It could be argued that Justin Kempís 107 metres at Durban for South Africa against New Zealand was just as impressive. His colleague Albie Morkel fired a six off Chris Schofield in Cape Town that probably carried 106 metres, the ball clearing the stadium and adjoining railway line before landing in the nearby brewery.
In total during the 23 matches played, batsmen have hit 219 sixes and 594 fours. Five of the longest 11 sixes were hit in Durban, four in Johannesburg and two in Cape Town.
Biggest sixes (to Sept 21, after Super Eight stage)
1 111m Misbah-ul-Haq (Pakistan) v Australia, Johannesburg
2 107m Justin Kemp (S Africa) v New Zealand, Durban
3 106m Albie Morkel (S Africa) v England, Cape Town
4 105m Yuvraj Singh (India) v England, Durban
5 105m Albie Morkel (S Africa) v India, Durban
6 104m Darren Maddy (England) v New Zealand, Durban
7 103m Yunus Khan (Pakistan) v Sri Lanka, Johannesburg
8 102m Albie Morkel (S Africa) v England, Cape Town
9= 101m Chris Gayle (W Indies) v South Africa, Johannesburg
9= 101m Craig McMillan (NZ) v England, Durban
9= 101m Shoaib Malik (Pakistan) v Australia, Johannesburg