Coolidge (Antigua), March 4
West Indies captain Kieron Pollard last night became the second batsman after India’s Yuvraj Singh to hit six sixers in an over in a T20 International. Pollard’s rampage came against Akila Dananjaya in the first T20I between West Indies and Sri Lanka, after Dananjaya had taken a hat-trick in his previous over.
Pollard is only the third player overall to hit six sixes in an over in international cricket. South Africa’s Herschelle Gibbs was the first ever batsman to hit six sixes in international cricket when he went after the Netherlands’ Daan Van Bunge in a group stage match of the 2007 World Cup.
Dananjaya, who was sent to all corners of the ground by Pollard in the sixth over, had become the third Sri Lankan to take a hat-trick in T20I cricket in his previous over.
Pollard’s feat is the fifth instance of a batsman hitting six sixes and in an over in T20 cricket. He is also the first batsman from West Indies to do so in the shortest format of the game. While Yuvraj was the first to do it during the 2007 T20 World Cup, English cricketer Ross Whiteley hit six sixes 10 years later while playing for Worcestershire during the 2017 NatWest T20 Blast.
Afghanistan’s Hazratullah Zazai then hit six sixes in the 2018 Afghanistan Premier League after which Leo Carter of New Zealand achieved the feat in a Super Smash match in January 2020. — Agencies