Fans never forget anything unusual happening in a match. And unusual in this context stands for unbreakable records. Whenever boundaries are discussed the two names that always come to mind are Herschelle Gibbs and Yuvraj Singh. The reason is simple; these batsmen are the only ones to smash six sixes in an over of international cricket. Similarly, the world has witnessed 5 batsmen who scored six fours in an over in international cricket. Let’s take a look at all these 5 eminent cricketers and the cricket facts behind them.
Cricket facts: Five batsmen who have hit six fours in an over
1. Sandeep Patil
For the first time in the history of cricket, an Indian cricketer came forward and played antagonistically in the test series between India and England in 1982. The cricketer is none other than Sandeep Patil; the first cricketer to hit six fours in an over. 1982 was a time when Indian batsmen were considered to play safely and defensively. But the notion was broken by Sandeep Patil when he smashed six fours in an over of Bob Will. Although he did not hit six fours consecutively as the fourth ball was a dot ball. But the previous ball was a no-ball and he utilized the opportunity properly to smash a boundary.
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2. Chris Gayle
The record-breaker and aggressive batsman of the West Indies cricket team, Chris Gayle is the second cricketer on this list. He hardly spares the opponent bowlers and leaves no opportunity to smash boundaries here and there. Therefore it is mandatory to have the legend batsman on this list. In the 2004 test series against England, he smashed six fours in an over at The Oval. With that, he also made the record of scoring a six in the first ball of a test match.
3. Ramnaresh Sarwan
The next West Indies cricketer to struck six fours in an over is Ramnaresh Sarwan. Cricket facts state that the middle-order batsman achieved this feat in the third match of the test series at Basseterre. He scored a total of 116 runs in the third test match. Interestingly, the over he hit six fours was a 7-ball over by Munaf Patel. The last ball was a no-ball from Patel. Batting first, the Caribbean players batted exceptionally well but the match ended in a draw.
4. Sanath Jayasuriya
There was a time when the Sri Lankan cricket team had the ability to rule the cricket world. Many eminent cricketers were a part of the team that glorified the team in the world and brought victories. He is one of the best batsmen of his time. His striking and batting in attacking method helped Sri Lanka to win many matches at many times. In the first test match of the 3-match series between Sri Lanka and England in 2007, Jayasuriya scored six fours in James Anderson’s over. He smashed Anderson absolutely in the 19th over and portrayed a few excellent boundaries.
5. Tillakaratne Dilshan
The 2015 World Cup is definitely one of the most significant and unforgettable series of Dilshan’s cricket career. In a match against Australia, Dilshan played his memorable over of six fours. In the 6th over by Michelle Johnson, Dilshan created a storm on the field of Sydney and scored consecutive six fours. He pulled off a 62-run knock in this match. Another special reason for this Word Cup is that he scored a total of 395 runs in 7 matches including two centuries.