Full List of Players To Have Hit Six Sixes In An Over

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T20 cricket has completely transformed the range of batsmanship we get to witness on the field but hitting six sixes in an over remains an achievement very seldom realised.

Yet, there have been multiple willow holders in the history of the game to have reached the ultimate landmark.

Whether it is at the domestic level or at the international arena, these trailblazers explored the highest peak and inspired others to do so.

Here’s a list of players to have hit six sixes in an over in domestic or international cricket.

1. Sir Garfield Sobers

West Indies’ legendary all-rounder Sir Garfield Sobers achieved the great feat while captaining Nottinghamshire against Glamorgan in the 1968 county season.

Opposition bowler Malcolm Nash had no idea he is about to get in the record books for a reason he wouldn’t have desired as Sobers smashed him for five consecutive sixes.

On the sixth ball, Sobers seemed to have been caught on the ropes but fielder Roger Davis carried the ball with him in momentum past the boundary line.

That moment completed cricket’s first instance of six sixes in an over, adding to Sobers’ remarkable legacy.

2. Ravi Shastri

The aura that Ravi Shastri carries about him as the coach of the Indian team could often make us forget what a gritty customer he was as an all-round cricketer.

Known more for his defence and defiance, this isn’t the list that you expect Shastri to feature in. But in the winter of 1984-85, Shastri became the second player ever to hit six sixes in an over.

Shastri achieved the feat playing for Bombay (as it was called then) against Baroda, smashing left-arm spinner Tilak Raj for 36 runs in six balls.

As life would have it, he was there to also call the moment when another Indian joined him in this list from the commentary box in Durban.

3. Herschelle Gibbs

Former South Africa right-hander Herschelle Gibbs was known for his explosiveness at the top of the order. Gibbs provided the Proteas with rollicking starts and made a telling impact on their fortunes.

Gibbs joined Sobers and Shastri in this list during the 2007 ODI World Cup in the Caribbean. Playing against the Netherlands in a Group A encounter in St Kitts, Gibbs struck Daan van Bunge for six sixes in an over.

Gibbs is also to date the only player to do so in a 50-over international.

4. Yuvraj Singh

Who can forget this one? Yuvraj Singh’s assault against Stuart Broad was one for the ages.

Singh blazed his willow to all parts of the Kingsmead in Durban and fetched 36 runs off the 19th over in the Indian innings in a virtual knock-out encounter during the inaugural T20 World Cup in South Africa.

Yuvraj Singh hit Six Sixes in an over off Stuart Broad during the 2007 T20 World Cup

Yuvraj Singh hit Six Sixes in an over from Stuart Broad during the 2007 T20 World Cup

Before Broad even came on to bowl, Singh had been fired up by a verbal altercation involving Andrew Flintoff. But in the end, it was the bowler who paid heavily for it as Singh dispatched each of his six deliveries for a maximum.

Singh, of course, a limited-overs giant for India, played many memorable knocks through his career but this one was right up there among the best of the lot.

5. Ross Whitely

Worcestershire batsman Ross Whitely became the next to join the list when in July 2017 he hit Yorkshire spinner Karl Carver for 36 in an over during a T20 Blast fixture at Headingley.

Unfortunately for Whitely, even his great feat wasn’t enough to take the game away from the opponent, as Yorkshire’s David Willey smashed 118 off 55 balls to help his team come out triumphant.

6. Hazratullah Zazai

Zazai, an attacking left-hand batsman for Afghanistan, was the next to rewrite history books when during an Afghanistan Premier League (APL) for Kabul Zwanan he struck Balkh Legends’ Abdullah Mazari for six sixes.

The left-hander gained instant fame with his effort as his strokes nearly went outside the ground historic in its nature but notorious for its short boundaries.

7. Leo Carter

Carter joined this elite club in January 2020 when playing for Canterbury Kings he stunned opposition Northern Knights with six maximums in an over in New Zealand’s Super Smash T20 competition.

The left-hander had much to smile about as he went on to score a magnificent 70 off 29 balls and helped the Kings achieve a seven-wicket victory.

8. Kieron Pollard

The latest entrant to the esteemed club is from the Caribbean shores and it is the big man from Trinidad & Tobago, Kieron Pollard, who took a great liking to the bowling of poor Akila Dhananjaya.

Dhananjaya, having just taken a hat-trick and put Sri Lanka back in the game defending 132, would’ve hoped to further tighten up the screws on the opponent. But what followed was Pollard’s elite assault on visitors’ incisive wrist-spinner.

The West Indies captain took Dhananjaya to the cleaners and fetched six sixes in an over. Pollard eventually got out for an 11-ball 38 but his incredible act and remarkable T20 mentality had already done the damage as West Indies won with 7 overs to spare.



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