Every player to have hit six sixes in an over in professional cricket
Thisara Perera joined a special list on Sunday – that of those who have six sixes in an over in professional cricket.
Here are the nine men who have achieved the extraordinary feat of clearing the ropes from every ball of one over.
Arguably the greatest all-rounder of all time, Sobers was the first man to the landmark when he was playing county cricket for Nottinghamshire in 1968. Glamorgan’s Malcolm Nash was the unfortunate bowler, and he nearly had Sobers dismissed from the fifth ball of the over: Roger Davis at long-off caught the ball but fell over the boundary.
Shastri certainly had his eye in when he equalled Sobers, beginning his six-hitting over when on 147 for Mumbai against Baroda in 1985. Like Nash, Tilak Raj bowled left-arm spin and was deposited for 36 as Shastri eventually raced to a double-century off just 123 balls.
The first man to hit six sixes in an over in international cricket was Gibbs, who saved the feat for a World Cup. Netherlands’ Daan van Bunge’s leg-spinners were taken to task in St Kitts in 2007, with Gibbs later revealing that he realised the record was on after his fourth maximum.
Just months later, Yuvraj became the second man to hit six sixes in an over in international cricket – this time, at the inaugural World T20. A young Stuart Broad was on the receiving end and, in a quirk of fate, Shastri called the over on commentary, 22 years on from his day out. Yuvraj remains the only player to hit six sixes off an over bowled by a pace bowler in professional cricket
Ten years on from Yuvraj’s effort, Worcestershire’s Ross Whiteley feasted upon the bowling of Yorkshire left-arm spinner’s Karl Carver, whose over included a wide.
In a 2018 Afghanistan Premier League clash, Zazai took down Abdullah Mazari as he raced away to a 12-ball fifty. Again, this was another over which included a wide.
Carter reached the landmark in 2020 when batting against Northern Districts for Canterbury in the Super Smash. Left-arm spin was once again what went the distance, with Anton Devcich the bowler.
Earlier this month Kieron Pollard became the first player since Yuvraj to achieve the feat in an international when he went on the attack against Sri Lanka for West Indies. Pollard’s feat was made all the more remarkable because the unfortunate bowler, Akila Dananjaya, had taken a hat-trick in his previous over.
Joining Pollard in the March 2021 Six Sixes Club is Perera, who was in the Sri Lanka side that suffered from the West Indian’s blitz. Batting for Army Sports CC in a List-A fixture, Perera onslaught took him to a final score of 52 from just 13 balls.
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