If you thought six sixes in one was about the pinnacle of batting dominance, think again. Ruturaj Gaikwad has now upped the ante by hitting a record seven sixes against Uttar Pradesh slow-left arm bowler Shiva Singh – including one from a no-ball – in Ahmedabad on Monday to become the first batsman in limited-overs cricket to win 43 runs scored in an over.
Only once before in List A cricket has 43 runs been scored in an over, but by two cricketers – Joe Carter and Brett Hampton of Northern Districts against Central Districts in Hamilton, in 2018. Gaikwad also carried his bat to finish on an unbeaten run 220 – the 39th double hundred in List A cricket, and the fifth highest score by an Indian in the format – in the quarter final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy which Maharashtra won by 58 runs.
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The record for most sixes in an over in all formats is held by former New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman Lee Germon who had hit eight sixes for Canterbury in a highly suspicious over that included 17 no-balls and cost 77 runs. in a first-class match against Wellington during the 1989–90 season.
In international cricket, only four players have hit six sixes in an over: South Africa’s Herschelle Gibbs, India’s Yuvraj Singh, West Indies’ Kieron Pollard and USA’s Jaskaran Malhotra. Other cricketers who have hit six sixes in various domestic formats include Sir Garfield Sobers, Ravi Shastri, Ross Whiteley, Hazratullah Zazai, Leo Carter and Thisara Perera.
On Monday, Gaikwad finished with 16 sixes, tied with Malhotra, Soumya Sarkar, AB de Villiers and Rohit Sharma on the list of most sixes in a List A individual innings, behind Eoin Morgan and Gerrie Synman (17) of Namibia and D’Arcy Short who had hit 23 sixes for Western Australia against Queensland in 2018. Gaikwad’s prime came quite late, in the 49th after Maharashtra was brought to bat by Uttar Pradesh.
Gaikwad hit on 165 off 147 balls and was gifted a low full toss from Singh’s first ball over which he hit wide. Gaikwad followed it up with a massive six over the bowler’s head, freeing his front leg and muscled a shorter ball over a deep square leg, then hit him twice over long range, but Singh went too far on his fifth throw. The freestyle was run long over the sixth six of the over before Gaikwad Singh put over the deep midwicket boundary rope again.
Between long-on and deep square leg, each of the seven sixes came off clean cricket hits as Gaikwad raced to 207 off 154 balls at the end of that over. Gaikwad eventually finished on 220 off 159 balls, with 10 fours and 16 sixes. The rest of the Maharashtra batting line-up contributed only 96 off 142 balls.
Riyan, Rishav win tons in Assam
Assam drove hundreds from Riyan Parag (174 off 116 balls) and Rishav Das (114 off 118 balls) to chase Jammu & Kashmir’s 351 in just 46.1 overs with seven wickets to spare. In other quarterfinals, Karnataka and Saurashtra reached comfortable victories.
Quarterfinal Short Scores:
# Maharashtra 330/5 in 50 overs (Ruturaj Gaikwad 220, Ankit Bawne 37, Azim Kazi 37; Kartik Tyagi 3/66) defeated Uttar Pradesh 272 all out in 47.4 overs (Aryan Juyal 159, Shivam Sharma 33; Rajvardhan Hangargekar 5/53, Satyajeet Bachhav 2/52) by 58 runs.
# Karnataka 238/6 in 49.2 overs (Ravikumar Samarth 71, Shreyas Gopal 42) defeated Punjab 235 all out in 50 overs (Abhishek Sharma 109, Sanvir Singh 39, Vidwath Kaverappa 4/40) by four wickets.
# Saurashtra 293/8 in 50 overs (Harvik Desai 61, C Jani 52 not out, A Vasavada 51) defeated Tamil Nadu 249 all out in 48 overs (R Sai Kishore 74.B Indrajith 53.C Jani 3/53) with 44 runs.
# Assam 354/3 in 46.1 overs (Riyan Parag 174, Rishav Das 114 not out) defeated J&K 350/7 in 50 overs (Henan Nazir 124, Shubham Khajuria 120, Fazil Rashid 53) by seven wickets.