AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers can play shots all round the groundIANS

The ICC World T20 2016 is set to start from Tuesday, with hosts India taking on New Zealand in the competition's opener. The World T20 is always one of the most anticipated events in cricket, for the format provides huge entertainment to viewers all around the world.

With India as hosts one can expect batsmen-friendly pitches, where the men with the willow can hit lots of fours and sixes.

Each and every team in the World T20 have some phenomenal hitters, who can turn the game on its head. Let us zoom in on the top 5 players, who are feared for their incredible hitting. We are talking about those players, who can hit sixes at will and sometimes even land the balls on the rooftops of the stadiums and the car parks.

Top 5 hard-hitters to watch out for in World T20

Yuvraj Singh (India)

The left-hander is the only cricketer to have hit six sixes in six balls in a T20I. This fact more or less explains what the player is capable of when he comes to bat in the middle order for India. Though, Yuvraj might have been out of action for the last couple of years, he still instils fear among the bowlers when he is at the crease, as he can hit those fours and sixes with ridiculous ease. Once he gets into the groove, there are very few bowlers in world cricket, who can keep him quiet. He possesses the special ability to change the course of the game in a matter of balls with the bat.

Chris Gayle (West Indies)

When it comes to T20, there is no better batsman than Gayle to hit those mammoth sixes, including those hits onto  the roof of stadiums. The left-hander has the license to go all out as he opens the batting for the West Indies when the field restrictions are on. Gayle averages 35.15 with an amazing strike rate of 142.59.

AB de Villiers (South Africa)

The right-hander plays shots all around the ground, which makes him a difficult batsmen to bowl to. He has an array of shots in his repertoire and if it his day, god bless the bowlers as the South Africa batsman can even hit good balls for fours and sixes. Apart from his normal cricketing shots, he can play unorthodox shots like the sweep to pacers or the score and score runs at a brisk rate. However, he has always favoured the leg side when it comes to hitting those gigantic sixes. Don't go by his body frame, he can strike the ball as long as Gayle and Yuvraj.

Glenn Maxwell (Australia)

It does not really matter to Maxwell how many overs are left, he only knows one way to play and that is to attack the bowler from the very first ball. He may not spend much time in the middle, but even if he faces 20-odd balls, he can put Australia in a winning position. Like de Villiers, he also favours the leg side. Irrespective of the runs that is required to win, if Maxwell is at the batting crease, Australia are always considered favourites. He has an amazing strike rate of 160.38 and Australia will expect Maxwell to deliver in the World T20.

Jos Buttler (England)

Yuvraj, Gayle, de Villiers and Maxwell have proved themselves at the big stage, but it is time for Buttler to show that he belongs to the same bracket with his big-hitting. His incredible batting helped him earn an IPL contract, but he will be keen to play his normal attacking game and help England emerge victorious this time around. Buttler is regarded as a limited-overs specialist and the right-hander, who is comfortable against both the spin as well as the seamers, can create havoc if he gets enough time to bat in the middle, as his strike rate of 135.56 suggests.