On Wednesday, former India cricketer Yuvraj Singh welcomed Canterbury Kings’ Leo Carter to the ‘six sixes’ club in a unique fashion. Singh posted a photo of iconic cartoon character Tom and Jerry and he also had a special request for Carter, who achieved the feat in a Super Smash match between Canterbury Kings and Northern Knights.
The former left-hander asked Carter to sign his jersey and give it to Devcich, the bowler who was at the receiving end.” Welcome, Leo Carter to the six sixes club! That was some epic hitting, now please sign your jersey and give it to Devcich as a mark of respect ✊,” Yuvraj posted.
Thirteen years back, Yuvraj Singh had hit six sixes in an over off England’s Stuart Broad during the inaugural 2007 ICC World T20 in South Africa. Singh smashes Broad out of the park after a heated argument with Andrew Flintoff the over before, which in all likelihood pepped him on to hit six sixes.
Sir Garfield Sobers was the first cricketer to achieve the rare feat in First-Class cricket when he took Malcolm Nash to the cleaners. After that, it was India’s current cricket coach Ravi Shastri who did it in 1984-85 during a Ranji Trophy match. He smoked Baroda’s Tilak Raj for six sixes in an over.
After that came the first-ever instance when it was done in international cricket and it was former South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs. He did it in the 2007 ICC World Cup against the Netherlands of the bowling of Dan van Bunge during a group stage match.
Then came Yuvraj’s plundered followed by Ross Whiteley racking up six sixes in an over against Yorkshire left-arm spinner Karl Carver in an English T20 match at Headingley in 2017.
In 2018, Playing for Kabul Zwanan in the Afghanistan Premier League (APL), opener Hazratullah Zazai became only the sixth player in professional cricket to hit six sixes in an over. The 20-year-old achieved the feat en route to a record-equalling 12-ball half-century for Kabul.
After Zazai, Carter has become the seventh player to hit six sixes in an over.