India batter Ruturaj Gaikwad has shattered List A cricket record by slamming seven consecutive sixes in a Vijay Hazare Trophy quarter-final clash on Monday, 28 November.
Uttar Pradesh bowler Shiva Singh was at the receiving end of the mayhem caused by Gaikwad, who slammed seven sixes in a row – 6 6 6 6 6nb 6 6. With that, Gaikwad became the first batter in the history of white-ball cricket to have struck seven consecutive sixes in an over.
The Maharashtra opener finished his fiery knock unbeaten on 220 off 159 balls. His solid innings, which was studded with 10 fours and 16 sixes, helped his side set up a competitive total of 330/5 in 50 overs.
The record for the most number of sixes in an over in all forms of cricket is held by a former Blackcaps wicket-keeper batter, Lee Germon, who struck eight sixes in an over which included 17 no-balls and cost 77 runs, in a first-class game during the 1989–90 season.
Gaikwad's 43-run over also became the joint-most expensive over in the history of List A cricket, previously achieved by Northern Districts's Brett Hampton and Joe Carter in New Zealand's domestic 50-over game in 2018.
Most expensive overs in List A cricket:
|Runs||Ball-by-ball breakdown of the over||Player(s) and team||Season|
|43||4 6 nb6 nb6 1 6 6 6||BR Hampton (23) and JF Carter (18) of Northern Districts (v Central Districts)||2018/19|
|43||6 6 6 6 6 nb6 6||Ruturaj Gaikwad (43) of Maharashtra (v Uttar Pradesh)||2022/23|
Only four players have achieved the feat of hitting six sixes in an over in international cricket – South Africa's Herschelle Gibbs, India's Yuvraj Singh, West Indies' Kieron Pollard and USA's Jaskaran Malhotra.
WATCH: Herschelle Gibbs six sixes from the 2007 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup clash v Netherlands.
WATCH: Yuvraj Singh's famous six sixes in a row v Stuart Broad from the 2007 ICC Men's T20 World Cup.
WATCH: USA batter Jaskaran Malhotra's six sixes in an over v PNG.
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