Prithvi Shaw became the second batsman in Indian T20 League history to hit six boundaries in his opening over onslaught against Kolkata on Thursday.

Shaw’s exploits in the opening over of the game made him the first batsman to hit six fours in the first over of a T20 innings.

Prithvi Shaw emulated fellow Mumbai batsman and current team-mate Ajinkya Rahane, who is the first player to hit six boundaries in an over in T20 cricket. Rahane achieved the feat against Bangalore in the Indian T20 League in 2012 when he played for Rajasthan.

With this performance, Prithvi added another feather to his cap after recently becoming the second-youngest to 1,000 runs in the Indian T20 League.

“When I think I'm in good touch and I don't think about the score anymore,” Shaw said after the match. “When I'm batting, I don't care about myself, I just want my team to win.”

Prithvi Shaw followed his opening over blitz by completing his ninth half-century in the Indian T20 League in 18 balls. This was the joint-second fastest fifty for any Delhi batsman in the tournament, since Rishabh Pant’s feat against Mumbai in 2019.

Who has hit 6 fours in an over?

Prithvi Shaw is now the seventh cricketer, across all formats, to hit six boundaries in an over. Former India batsman Sandeep Patil is the first player to have scored six boundaries in an over.

Cricketers who hit six boundaries in an over (all formats)
Player Opponent Year
Sandeep Patil England 1982
Chris Gayle England 2004
Ramnaresh Sarwan India 2006
Sanath Jayasuriya England 2007
Ajinkya Rahane Bangalore 2012
Tillakaratne Dilshan Australia 2015
Prithvi Shaw Kolkata 2021

Furthermore, Shaw’s 18-ball fifty is the fastest in Indian T20 League 2021, surpassing Deepak Hooda’s 20-ball half-century against Rajasthan.

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