All-rounder Thisara Perera on Sunday became the first Sri Lankan cricketer to hit six sixes in an over in any form of professional cricket.
The 31-year-old southpaw achieved the feat while playing for Sri Lanka Army in their Group A match against Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club in the Major Clubs Limited Over List A Tournament at the Army Ground in Panagoda.
Perera slammed Dilhan Cooray for six sixes in the 41st over of a truncated game as the part-time offspinner conceded 73 runs in his 4 overs and was clobbered for nine sixes in total. The left-handed batsman reached his half-century in 13-balls, becoming the second-fastest Sri Lankan to score a fifty.
The record for the fastest fifty by a Sri Lankan in senior cricket is currently held by Kaushalya Weeraratne, who had smashed a 12-ball fifty for Ragana Cricket Club against Kurunegala Youth Cricket Club in November 2005.
Meanwhile, Thisara Perera became only the ninth cricketer to smash six sixes in an over and the sixth to do so in domestic cricket. Interestingly, Herschelle Gibbs, Yuvraj Singh and Kieron Pollard are only the three players to achieve this feat in international cricket.
Players to hit six sixes in an over in a professional game
Sir Garfield Sobers
Former West Indies all-rounder Sir Garfield Sobers became the first player to hit six sixes in an over on 31st April 1968. Playing as a captain for Nottinghamshire against Glamorgan, Sobers smashed five huge sixes off Malcolm Nash but was caught on the boundary in his sixth delivery. However, Glamorgan fielder Roger Davis carried the ball over the rope, resulting in the first over to have ever been hit for six sixes.
6️⃣,6️⃣,6️⃣,6️⃣,6️⃣,6️⃣#OnThisDay in 1968, batting for Nottinghamshire against Glamorgan, Garfield Sobers became the first player to hit six sixes in an over in first-class cricket.— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) August 31, 2020
The current Indian cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri was the second cricketer to achieve the feat in the Ranji Trophy. On January 19, 1985, Shastri while playing for Bombay smashed left-arm spinner Tilak Raj for six sixes in six balls.
It took another 22 years for the feat to be emulated as former South Africa cricketer Herschelle Gibbs smashed six sixes in the 2007 ICC ODI World Cup. Gibbs tore apart Netherland leg spinner Daan van Bunge to become the first player to hit six sixes in an over in international cricket. Interestingly, the former Proteas batsman is still the only man to have achieved the feat in a 50-over World Cup game.
Former swashbuckling Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh slammed England pacer Stuart Broad for six sixes during a World Cup T20 game in South Africa in 2007. Interestingly, Ravi Shastri was the man behind the mic at the time of Yuvraj’s incredible achievement in Durban on that epic night.
English cricketer Ross Whiteley joined this elite club in a T20 Blast match in July 2017. Playing for Worcestershire Rapids at Headingley, Whitely smashed Yorkshire Vikings spinner Karl Carver for six sixes in six balls.
Afghanistan batsman Haztratullah Zazai joined the select club with six successive maximums in 2018. In an Afghanistan Premier League encounter, Zazai clobbered a hapless Abdullah Mazari for six sixes to etch his name in history books.
New Zealand cricketer Leo Carter bludgeoned his way into the history books as he smashed six sixes in the Super Smash competition in January 2020. Playing for Canterbury Kings, Carter clobbered six sixes off Northern Knights left-arm spinner Anton Devcich to accomplish this incredible milestone.
Wow!— T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) January 5, 2020
New Zealand's Leo Carter hit six sixes in a T20 Super Smash game earlier today!pic.twitter.com/iwfSwKMIKR
West Indies limited-overs captain Kieron Pollard recently joined this elite club as he hit six sixes in an over against Sri Lanka in Antigua in March.
Pollard smashed Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya for six sixes during the first T20I to become only the second batsman in the history of T20Is to achieve this feat.
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