Cricket is one of the oldest sports that are being played all over the world, dating back to the 18th century. And with the first International cricket fixture being played in 1844, the sport has really taken over the global platform in the truest sense. There have been a number of feats which were and still are being achieved in all the formats and departments of the sport, but rarely has any cricketer gotten around to achieving the most talked-about feat, i.e. to hit six sixes in an over. In this article, we look at 10 of the historical cricketers to have hit six sixes in one over, while also throwing light on who was the first cricketer to hit six sixes in an over. While knowing about the first cricketer to hit six sixes in one over, we will look at 9 of the other cricketers to have repeated the feat in some other time, format and team. It will be a trip down the memory lane, really. Let’s get started.
First cricketer to hit six sixes in an over: Sir Garfield Sobers
August 31, 1968. That was the date when the feat was achieved for the very first time. The greatest all-rounder to have played the sport of cricket, Sir Garfield Sobers, who was once described by Don Bradman as a ‘five in one cricketer’, became the first cricketer to hit six sixes in one over, which came in a first-class Test cricket match.
Captaining Nottingham in a match against Glamorgan in the 1968 season, Sobers came at 5 down and entered a different zone altogether. Nottingham were 308/5 in their first innings at the St Helen’s stadium in Swansea, when Sobers decided it was time to write history. Malcolm Nash, a left-arm seamer was the unfortunate bowler who was slammed by Sobers for six sixes in an over.
Tony Lewis, the Glamorgan skipper had asked Nash, a seamer, to bowl spin to Sobers, a decision that the captain, bowler, and the whole team went on to regret later on. The first two balls were sent flying over the mid-wicket boundary, with the third delivery, which was wide of the off stump, getting cleared over the long-on boundary. The fourth delivery, which was a straight one, was pulled by Sobers over backward square-leg, for another six, obviously.
The fifth delivery ensued a little drama, as when Sobers hit the straight delivery towards long off, it wasn’t middled that well and the fielder, Roger Davis, even managed to get a hold of it, but crossed the ropes in the process. While Sober had already started heading towards the pavilion, he returned to complete the historic feat after learning that the fifth ball was also a maximum, instead of a dismissal.
Watch the video of Sobers in process of becoming the first cricketer to hit six sixes in one over.
Let us look at the other 9 cricketers, who joined Sobers, the first cricketer to hit six sixes in one over, in the feat.
Ravi Shastri (First-class cricket)
Former Team India legend, and now the Team India head coach, Ravi Shastri has also achieved the feat of smashing six sixes in an over, and perhaps was the first cricketer to hit six sixes in one over in India. In 1984, playing for Mumbai, Ravi Shastri had hit six sixes against Baroda’s left-arm bowler Tilak Raj in a Ranji Trophy match, which is India’s first-class cricket tournament.
Ravi Shastri also registered the fastest ever double century in first-class cricket history in the same match, riding on his six boundaries in an over. With that, Shastri became the second player in the history to hit six sixes in an over, and the first cricketer to hit six sixes in one over in India.
Yuvraj Singh (T20 International)
Probably one of the most popular story for Indian cricket fans. Team India veteran Yuvraj Singh who is currently out of favour from Team India, had amazed the audiences in 2007 when he thrashed England fast bowler Stuart Broad for six ruthless sixes in one over during the inaugural edition of the T20I World Cup. India had gone on to win that World Cup.
Ravindra Jadeja (First-class cricket)
Ravindra Jadeja is probably the latest cricketer to score six sixes in an over, both Internationally and in India. Playing for Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) in an inter-district T20 tournament, Jadeja, who is known to be master-class spinner, punished off-spinner Nilam Vamja for six consecutive sixes in the 15th over of his team’s innings, and registered his name in the history books in December of 2017.
Herschelle Gibbs (ODI)
South Africa’s one of the most prolific opening batsman, Herschelle Gibbs, was the first cricketer to hit six sixes in one over in ODI cricket. Gibbs achieved the historical feat in 2007, during the World Cup match against Netherlands. Having blazed the ball all around the park for six straight deliveries, Herschelle Gibbs became the first cricketer to hit six sixes in one over in international cricket.
Marcus Stoinis (First-class cricket)
Playing for the National Performance Squad in a 50-over first-class match, against the National Indigenous Squad at Allan Border Field, Australian cricketer Marcus Stoinis scourged part-time medium-pacer Brendan Smith for six sixes in an over on, which saw Stoinis score 121 runs off just 73 balls.
Kieron Pollard (Warm-up match)
Even though it was a warm-up game for Adelaide strikers in the Big Bash League, West Indies star all-rounder Kieron Pollard had no reason from backing out from an opportunity to get his name enlisted among the greats, as he scored six sixes in an over.
Shardul Thakur (Junior School Level)
A recent entry in Team India, pacer Shardul Thakur had some tricks of his own with the bat when he was playing cricket at junior school level. Having slammed six sixes in an over for Swami Vivekanand School, in the Plate Division of the Harris Shield schools’ cricket tournament against S Radhakrishnan School, Shardul Thakur became the first cricketer to score six sixes in one over at school-level in Mumbai. It is also said that the ball was even lost twice in the process of registering six maximums.
Jordan Clark (First-Class Cricket)
Right-handed English batsman, Jordan Clark struck six sixes in one over for Lancashire, during a 2nd XI match against arch-rivals Yorkshire, at the Scarborough cricket stadium in 2013.
Ross Whiteley (First-Class Cricket)
Dominantly a first-class cricketer, Worcestershire’s Ross Whiteley also scored six sixes in an over. Whiteley struck Yorkshire’s left-arm spinner Karl Carver for six sixes during the 16th over of Worcestershire innings, at the Headingley cricket stadium in an English T20 first-class tournament.