Ruturaj Gaikwad sets a world record with seven sixes in 43 runs
In the 49th over of Monday's Vijay Hazare Trophy quarterfinal between Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh in Ahmedabad, Ruturaj Gaikwad hit a world-record seven sixes. Gaikwad participated in the process as well as carrying the bat, finishing with an unblemished 220—also a record in List A cricket.
In the 49th over of Monday's Vijay Hazare Trophy quarterfinal between Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh in Ahmedabad, Ruturaj Gaikwad smashed a world-record seven sixes. Gaikwad participated in the process as well as carrying the bat, finishing with an unblemished 220—also a record in List A cricket. The milestone was reached in the 49th over of Maharashtra's innings after Uttar Pradesh had given them the ball to bat. With the score at 165 off 147 balls, Gaikwad carted slow left-arm bowler Shiva Singh for seven straight sixes. Singh's overstepping caused the fifth ball to be re-bowled.
Each of the seven sixes between long on and deep midwicket was a crisp cricketing stroke as Gaikwad cleared his front leg to swing through his arc. He sprinted to 207 from 154 balls before the end of the over. Maharashtra scored 330/5 to win.
Gaikwad accomplishes a first in limited-overs cricket by scoring 43 runs in an over. Only once in List A cricket history, Joe Carter and Brett Hampton of Northern Districts scored 43 runs in an over against Central Districts in Hamilton in 2018.
Behind Eoin Morgan, Namibia's Gerrie Synman (17), and D'Arcy Short, who had smashed 23 sixes for Western Australia against Queensland in 2018, Gaikwad concluded with 16 sixes, tying Jaskaran Malhotra, Soumya Sarkar, AB de Villiers, and Rohit Sharma for the most sixes in a List A individual innings. Gaikwad, however, is currently and for a substantial portion of the foreseeable future leading the record of cricketers with the most sixes struck in an over. In various formats, six consecutive sixes have been hit by Sir Garfield Sobers, Ravi Shastri, Herschelle Gibbs, Yuvraj Singh, Ross Whiteley, Hazratullah Zazai, Leo Carter, Kieron Pollard, and Thisara Perera. Gaikwad has just surpassed them by one sixth.
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