While playing Uttar Pradesh in a Vijay Hazare Trophy 2022 quarter-final in Ahmedabad, Maharashtra captain and opener Ruturaj Gaikwad broke a record by hitting seven sixes in one over. This was the first in the history of List A cricket.
The scoreboard read 272 for 5 in the 27th over of the Maharashtra innings, which ended with the team scoring 315 for 5. A final score of 330 for 5 was recorded for them. The 43 runs scored in the over are now officially recorded, matching the total scored by Brett Hampton and Joe Carter off Willem Ludick for Northern Districts versus Central Districts in 2018’s Ford Trophy game.
The over began with left-arm spinner Shiva Singh bowling from around the wicket on Monday in Ahmedabad. When the first ball was a low full toss, it was smoked over long off. The second, located in the arc, was smashed in a downward direction. Gaikwad threw the third, shorter one over the rope at a steep square-leg angle.
On the fourth delivery, Shiva altered his line to bowl outside off stump, but Gaikwad was able to loft the ball over long off. The fifth also headed in roughly the same way, and as it was a no-ball, the free hit was smacked well over long-on. Gaikwad reached his century with the sixth six he had bowled in as many legal deliveries. Shiva’s final delivery went over deep midwicket and was again in the arc on the middle stump.
Ruturaj Gaikwad smashed 220 (not out) with 10 fours and 16 sixes. Shiva scored 0 for 88 in nine overs. Gaikwad carried Maharashtra with 96 runs on 142 balls.
220 not out is India’s fifth-highest List A score. N Jagadeesan scored 277 at the Vijay Hazare Trophy between Tamil Nadu and Arunachal Pradesh.
Garry Sobers and Ravi Shastri hold the record for most runs in a first-class over, but it can be much higher. Bert Vance’s 77 against Canterbury in February 1990 was perhaps the worst.
Watch Gaikwad’s explosive over, posted by his IPL team Chennai Super Kings!
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