List Of The Batsmen Who Hit 6 Sixes In An Over

Hitting six sixes in an over sequentially is one of the rare and exceptional records a batter can achieve which is similar to scoring a double hat trick in football. Most often you might observe a batter scoring 0,1,2,3,4 or 6 runs off a single legal delivery, which are the possible outcomes. When it comes to the chances of a batter scoring 6 runs off six legal balls, then the percentage drops below 0.1%, which is the main reason why limited cricketers have achieved this impossible milestone in their careers. 

Shockingly, Chris Gayle with the most sixes in cricket history, is not among the list of batters who have smashed & hit 6 sixes in an over.

Do you know who was the first batsman to strike 6 sixes in an over? The former legendary West Indies cricketer Sir Garfield Sobers was the first batter to achieve this exceptional feat and inspired the upcoming generation of cricketers to add themselves to the ranks. As a result, Jaskaran Malhotra, the USA batter became the 10th batter to join this list among several world-renowned batters.

Top 10 Batsmen to hit 6 sixes in an over

Starting from Sir Garfield Sobers to Jaskaran Malhotra, these are the top 10 batters who have struck 6 sixes in an over:

1. Sir Garfield Sobers (WEST INDIES):   County Championship (1968)

On 31st August 1968, Garfield Sobers playing for Nottinghamshire in the County Championship, smashed five consecutive sixes in the first five balls of Glamorgan’s bowler Malcolm Nash in the County Championship before he was caught at the boundaries. Upon careful observation, it was found that the fielder Roger Davis unknowingly carried the ball over the rope which resulted in six sixes in that over. 

2. Ravi Shastri (INDIA): Ranji Trophy (1985)

After 17 years, Ravi Shastri became the 2nd cricketer to replicate Sobers’ achievement of smashing six sixes in an over. On 19th January 1985, Shastri smashed Baroda’s left-arm spinner, Tilak Raj for 6 sixes in an over during the Ranji Trophy and remained unbeaten at 200, which also came the fastest double century in first-class cricket.

3. Herschelle Gibbs (SOUTH AFRICA): ODI World Cup (2007)

Former South African batter, Herschelle Gibbs became the 3rd batter to join the list of the 36-run clubs by smashing six sixes in international cricket. During the 2007 World Cup, the Proteas opener decided to target the bowler Van Bunge and ultimately entered the record books as the first batsman to achieve this feat in the World Cup as well as the third international cricketer. Until 2021, he was the only player to hit six sixes in a 50-over format.

4. Yuvraj Singh (INDIA): T20 World Cup (2007)

In the inaugural edition of T20 World Cup 2007, Yuvraj Singh smashed 6 sixes in the 19th over bowled by the young Stuart Broad. During Team India’s first innings against England, the aggressive left-handed batter also reached his half-century in just 12 balls, which still ranks as the fastest T20I fifty in cricket history.

5. Ross Whiteley (ENGLAND): T20 Blast (2017)

In July 2017, Ross Whiteley hit 6 sixes in a single over bowled by Yorkshire Vikings’ spinner Karl Craver in the T20 Blast. Despite Worcestershire Rapids losing the match, Whiteley’s 65 runs from 26 balls (including 2 fours and 8 sixes) propelled his team closer to the target during a thrilling run chase.

6. Hazratullah Zazai  (AFGHANISTAN) : Afghanistan Premier League (2018)

Chasing a target of 245 runs in 20 overs, Afghanistan batter Hazratullah Zazai batting for Kabul Zwanan in Afghanistan Premier League 2018, smashed 6 sixes in a single over bowled by the Balkh Legends’ bowler Abdullah Mazari. His aggressive knock of 62 runs from 17 balls (including 4 fours and 7 sixes) gave a massive start for Kabul Zwanan.

7. Leo Carter (NEW ZEALAND): Super Smash (2020)

Playing for the Canterbury Kings in New Zealand’s Super Smash T20 League against Northern Knights in 2020, Leo Carter decided to take on the spinner Anton Devcich by striking 6 sixes in that over. As a result, the Kings triumphed over the Knights by 7 wickets at Hagley Oval in Christchurch. The victory was possible due to Carter’s 29-ball-70 (including 3 fours and 7 sixes)

8. Kieron Pollard (WEST INDIES): T20I series (2021)

Once again Kieron Pollard proves that he is one of the world’s best power-hitting batters during a T20I match against Sri Lanka in Coolidge in 2021. West Indies had to chase a target of 132 runs and Pollard made use of  Akila Dhanjaya’s over to smash six consecutive games. Despite Dhanajay achieving a hattrick in the previous over, Pollard’s bold approach helped West Indies to win comfortably by 4 wickets and 48 balls to spare.

9. Thisara Perera (SRI LANKA): Major Clubs Limited Over List A Tournament (2021)

Thisara Perara achieved the second-fastest fifty in the List A tournament against Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club by smashing 6 sixes off the part-time off-spinner Dilhan Cooray’s over. His 13-ball-52 (including 8 fours) helped his team Sri Lanka Army Sports Club post a total of 318/3 in 41 overs.

10. Jaskaran Malhotra (USA): ODI Series (2021)

During the 2nd match of the ODI series between the United States and Papua New Guinea, Jaskaran Malhotra was unbeaten on 137 before facing the last over and by that time USA lost 9 wickets by having a total of just 235 runs. But Jaskaran made use of Gaudi Toka’s last over and struck all six balls for a six to finish with an unbeaten knock of 173 runs from 124 balls (including 4 fours and 16 sixes). Ultimately, USA posted a total of 271-9 in 50 overs and won the match by 135 runs.

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