It’s a treat to our eyes to watch sixes sail into the crowd during any cricket match. We soon feel a strange adrenaline rush after a ball is launched high and mightily over the rope and into a crowd that falls over each other to get hold of the ball. Hitting sixes in today’s date have become a lot more frequent with the advent of T20 cricket, but hitting six back to back sixes in an over is extremely rare. Only a few have done this miraculous deed and let’s know them here:
1. Sir Garfield Sobers
This amazing West Indian all-rounder was the first player to achieve the recognition on August 31st, 1968. Sobers was playing as captain for Nottinghamshire against Glamorgan when Malcolm Nash came for his spell. Sobers smashed five clean hits in a row for six, but on the sixth, was caught on the boundary. Nash and Glamorgan’s relief was short-lived, though the fielder, Roger Davis carried the ball over the rope, resulting in the first over to have ever been hit for six sixes.
2. Ravi Shastri
On January 19, 1985, Ravi Shastri became the second ever cricketer to hit six sixes in an over. The present handsome coach of India is known for taking action from the commentary box and has developed a reputation as one of the finest in the business, but with that bat in hand, he wrote his name into the history books. Playing for Bombay against Baroda Shastri, he hit left-arm spinner Tilak Raj for 36 in six balls. He didn’t stop there, after 22 years later, on a warm Spring evening in Durban, Shastri would be the man to call the action during another completion of this remarkable feat.
3. Herschelle Gibbs
Gibbs was South Africa’s most famous and smashing batsman during the mid-1990s till 2010. It was during the World Cup in 2007 where Gibbs hit Daan van Bunge of the Netherlands with a full complement of six sixes in the over. Gibbs still stands as the only man to have completed the feat in a 50-over World Cup game and the first to do it internationally.
4. Yuvraj Singh
It was Stuart Broad who would pay the ultimate price as an annoyed Singh carried out, which even till this date is called the finest display of hitting sixes in an over. ‘Yuvi’ didn’t break a sweat once and with the help of an amazing timing and shot selection delivered a shell-shocked Broad over the Kingsmead boundary six times in a row.
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