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Monday, November 28, 2022

CSK Ruturaj Gaikwad's day out ! ... TN way out of QF

At Manchester in 1982, Sandip Patil hit Bob Willis for six fours (4440444, the third ball being a no ball) -  racing from 73 to 104 in nine balls. He was 129 not out when rain brought an early end to the match. Years later at the Oval Chris Gayle hit Matthew Hoggard for 6 fours in a single over in 2004; Ramnaresh Sarwan hit Munaf Patel at St Kitts in 2006 and Sanath Jayasuriya hitting James Anderson for 6 fours in an over at Kandy in 2007. – all these are Test records !! 

Not many would have followed Vijay Hazare Trophy – but all would be searching the score card of one of the QFs after that breath-taking performance of CSK star Ruturaj Gaikwad.


In the  4th quarter final at Nadiad, November 28, 2022, Saurashtra 293/8 beat Tamil Nadu 249 by 44 runs !!  - in the second QF Maharashtra 330/5 beat Uttar Pradesh by 58 runs !   A good century – 159 off 143 balls with 18 fours and 3 sixers by Aryan Juyal was eclipsed by Ruturaj Gaikwad’s 220 off 159 studded with mere 10 fours and 16 sixers !!  

Till our College days in Cricket Quiz, there would be one Q on Malcolm Nash whose moment of shame came on 31.8.1968 when Garfield Sobers captaining  Nottinghamshire hit the left arm spinner of  Glamorgan   Malcolm Nash to all parts of the ground for 6 sixers.  Ben Stokes escaped a similar fate – when Carlos Braithwaite looked on course to become the second West Indies international to hit six sixes in a row, in the T20 World Cup final in 2016, but his fourth  consecutive sixes off the first four balls of the final over clinched the title.  

Years later in Jan 1985, Ravi Shastri who was rather a docile player with leg side glance bringing him most runs, ran amok against Baroda’s left arm spinner Tilak Raj for 6 sixers – have not seen any video of that match.   In the WC 2007 at West Indies, which India and Pakistan would like to forget for obvious reasons, South Africas Herschelle Gibbes tore into  Daan van Bunge of the Netherlands hitting six sixes.  Perhaps the top most of them all came from Yuvi.  Yuvraj Singh brazen assault on Stuart Broad in T20I WC I 2007 -  Broad bowled the 19th over,  balls kept disappearing to stands.   

Read that Worcestershire’s Ross Whitely  carted Yorkshire Vikings spinner Karl Carver in a T20 Blast match at Headingley for 36 runs; Hazratullah Zazai  bludgeoned his way into the history books off the deliveries of the hapless Abdullah Mazari in Afghastan local match. Canterbury Kings batsman Leo Carter joined the party.  Famous big hitter from WI - Kieron Pollard hit Akila Dananjaya for 6 sixers after he  had taken a hat-trick in his previous over.  Thisara Perera hit 36 in a lankan match  

Today it is all about Ruturaj Gaikwad shattering List A Cricket record slamming 7 consecutive sixers off Uttar Pradesh bowler Shiva Singh  and finishing unbeaten on 220 off 159 balls.  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.  That time it was by 2 batsman and that over consisted of 2 no balls.  Today it was a solitary no balls and all the 7 were sent outside the fence  

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

1 comment:

  1. Nice and detailed article on interesting sixer facts. Keep going. Sankar.