The veteran all-rounder from Sri Lanka – Thisara Perera has hit the headlines becoming the first-ever cricketer from the country to hit six sixes in an over. The incident took place in a domestic game where Perera was representing 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.
The 31-year-old came to bat after Usman Ishak got rid of Ashan Randika, who was batting on 124 runs with seven fours and eight sixes. He only had 20 balls to bat but Thisara Perera made sure he make those balls count. The southpaw smashed a 13-ball 52 with eight sixes and played at a strike-rate of 400.
Thisara Perera hits six sixes
Thisara Perera started with a six in the last ball of the 39th over and then cleared the ropes another time in the second ball of the 40th over. In the last over, he went berserk against off-spin bowler Dilhan Cooray and took 36 runs off the final over. The 34-year-old Cooray went for 73 runs in his four overs and leaked runs at an expensive economy rate of 18.25.
Banking on his onslaught, Sri Lanka Army posted a mammoth total of 318 runs for the loss of three wickets in 41 overs. The game didn’t produce any result after Bloomfield were reduced to 73 for six after 17 overs.
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Meanwhile, the first cricketer to hit six sixes in an over was West Indies’ Sir Garfield Sobers in 1968. South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs was the first batter to achieve the record in international cricket. He recorded the feat during the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean Island.
Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh became the first batsman in T20Is to accomplish the feat in the 2007 T20 World Cup in South Africa. Kieron Pollard is the other batter to have reached the milestone during the recent T20I series against Sri Lanka in Antigua.
The list of batters to hit six sixes in an over in senior cricket:
Sir Garfield Sobers (1968), Ravi Shastri (1985), Herschelle Gibbs (2007), Yuvraj Singh (2007), Ross Whitely (2017), Hazratullah Zazai (2018), Leo Carter (2020), Kieron Pollard (2021), and Thisara Perera (2021).