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Top 5 South African batsmen with most ODI sixes

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South Africa may have failed to shake off the tag of 'chokers' when it comes to major ICC tournaments, but they are undoubtedly one of the major forces in the sport, especially in ODI cricket.

Being frozen out of the international scene due to apartheid stole the game of many talented players from the African nation but the Proteas has produced many world-class players in the 50-over format since their readmission to the sport in 1990.

In Jacques Kallis, the Proteas can lay claim to the greatest all-rounder in the history of the game while the likes of AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla have emerged as modern legends of the game.

The Proteas have a naturally aggressive nature to their game and has been blessed with many clean strikers of the cricket ball who have earned a reputation for their big-hitting prowess.

The way Lance Klusener toyed with the opposition during the 1999 ODI World Cup is still talked about even now and as for someone like De Villiers, it is just a sheer joy to watch the talismanic figure in full flow.

Let's take a look at the list of the Top 5 South African batsmen who have managed to clear the ropes the maximum number of times during their ODI career.

#5 Mark Boucher

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Apart from his brilliant skills with the gloves, Boucher was a big hitter lower down the order

The former South African wicketkeeper-batsman was an ever-present in the side since making his ODI debut for the Proteas in 1998 up until he was forced to retire from the sport following a serious eye-injury.

He holds the world record for most dismissals in Test cricket while he is ranked third when it comes to the 50-over format.

Apart from his world-class skills with the gloves, Boucher was also an accomplished batsman who provided impetus to the South African lower order with his big-hitting skills.

Boucher scored 4686 runs from 295 matches with a strike rate of just under 85 and scored as many as 82 sixes during his illustrious career.

10 of those came during his unbelievable undefeated knock of 147 off just 68 balls against Zimbabwe at Potchefstroom on September 20, 2006, which incidentally also happens to be Boucher's one and only ODI century.

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