Think of Ruturaj Gaikwad and you think of an aggressive batsman who became a household name while playing for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL. Now, the Maharashtra batsman has become the first player in List-A cricket history to hit seven sixes in an over.
He also equaled the List-A world record of 43 runs in an over during the Vijay Hazare Trophy quarter-final between Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh at the Narendra Modi Stadium B Ground in Ahmedabad.
Completing a mammoth 220 not out off 159 balls, which included 16 sixes including 10 fours, Gaikwad hit a hapless Shiv Singh for 6-6-6 (no-ball)-6-6-6. 6 in an over.
During the 2018–19 Ford Trophy in New Zealand, Central Districts bowler Willem Ludik became the first player to hit 43 in an over, when he was knocked around the park by Northern Districts batsmen Joe Carter and Brett Hampton.
Gaikwad’s blitzkrieg took Maharashtra to 330/5 in their 50 overs.
Maharashtra’s innings was truly a one-man show. The rest of the Maharashtra batsmen scored a combined 96 runs.
Shiva Singh finished with figures of 0/88 in 9 overs.
Joined the elite list of players to hit six sixes in an over in cricket
This list includes:
- Gary Sobers (1968)
- Ravi Shastri (1985)
- Harshal Gibbs (2007)
- Yuvraj Singh (2007)
- Ross Whiteley (2017)
- Hazratullah Zazai (2018)
- Leo Carter (2020)
- Kieron Pollard (2021)
- Thisara Perera (2021)
- Jaskaran Malhotra (2021).
The overall record for most sixes in an over is held by former New Zealand captain Lee Germon, who hit eight sixes during a first-class match in Wellington in the 1990 Shell Trophy.