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Maharashtra captain Ruturaj Gaikwad hit 7 sixes in an over against UP, set a world record!

Ahmedabad, 28 November (Agency)

Maharashtra captain Ruturaj Gaikwad created a new List A world record by smashing seven sixes in an over during a Vijay Hazare Trophy ODI cricket match here on Monday. Total 43 runs were scored in this over. Earlier in the Ford Trophy in 2018, Brett Hampton and Joe Carter for Northern Districts scored as many runs in an over as Willem Ludik of Central Districts. Ruturaj showed this feat in the 49th over of the innings against Uttar Pradesh in the quarter-finals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. The bowler was Shiva Singh who also bowled a no ball in this over which made it a seven ball over. Overall, the record for most sixes in an over is in the name of New Zealand’s Lee Germon, who hit 8 sixes in an over in a Shell Trophy match at Wellington. Left-arm spinner Shiva Singh’s fifth ball of the over was a no-ball in this match played on the B ground of the Narendra Modi Stadium and Gaikwad hit that too for a six.

Gaikwad started the innings and stayed at the crease till the end. He scored an unbeaten 220 off 159 balls which included 10 fours and 16 sixes. Batting first, with the help of Gaikwad’s innings, Maharashtra scored 330 runs for five wickets. The contribution of his teammates in this was only 96 runs. With this outstanding performance, Gaikwad has joined the list of players who have hit at least 6 consecutive sixes in an over across all formats of cricket. Before him, Sir Garfield Sobers, Ravi Shastri, Herschelle Gibbs, Yuvraj Singh, Ross Whiteley, Hazratullah Zazai, Leo Carter, Kieron Pollard and Thisara Perera have done this feat. As far as bowler Shiva Singh is concerned, he gave 88 runs in 9 overs.

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Shiva Singh’s first ball was a low full toss which was hit by Gaikwad over mid-wicket for a six. He hit a straight six off the second ball while sent the third ball over deep square leg for 6 runs. The fourth ball was declared a long off while the fifth ball was also sent in the same direction for a six. Gaikwad then took full advantage of the free hit and hit the sixth ball over long-on for a six. On the seventh and last ball, he hit a six over deep midwicket.

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