While following WI batting against SL in a T20I on Mar 6, one wondered if Russell’s 6 sixes and no fours was a record. It isn’t, but we can see the records here:
The devaluation of T20I match records is well under way. However, among “serious” matches the record would be Morgan’s 7 against SA. The next among serious matches would be Russell’s 6.
Let us look at the corresponding records for ODIs:
Here the record is 6 (less than the T20I record!) by Collingwood and Neesham. Raina is one with 5 sixes. Another was AD Mascarenhas, who scored 30 of his runs in 5 6s off an over from Yuvraj Singh.
And in Tests, the record is held by one of the rising tailend sloggers from India:
Umesh Yadav took over the record jointly held by Nixon Mclean, Flintoff and de Grandhomme. Further down, Keith Miller hit 3 sixes and no fours against India back in 1948. More recently, Southee and Bairstow also did this against India.
CA Walsh’s 18* included three 6s as the only scoring strokes in his 18-ball innings.
From India, others such as Kuruvilla, Shami and Sir Ravindra Jadeja have also tried their hand at this.
Footnote: NAM McLean was better known for his illustrious names (Nixon Alexei McNamara) than for his relatively modest performances.
India had a similar player named Napoleon Einstein: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napoleon_Einstein