Maharashtra batter Ruturaj Gaikwad etched history today by smashing as many as 7 sixes in an unforgettable 43-run over during the Vijay Hazare trophy quarter-final. With an over which started with a six, ended with a six, and had a no-ball, which was hit for a six as well, Ruturaj Gaikwad has shattered the List A record and has become the first batter in the history to hit seven maximums in an over during a white-ball game.
If this an over to remember for Gaikwad, it is an equally harrowing over for the bowler Shiva Singh who was on the receiving end of an all-out assault launched by Gaikwad. Thanks to the hefty over, Gaikwad ended his innings at 220 off 159 balls with 16 maximums. Meanwhile, Shiva ended his bowling spell with not from 88 runs in 9 overs.
Thanks to Gaikwad’s explosive batting, Maharashtra was able to put 315 for 5 on the scoreboard. Shiva Singh’s over to Gaikwad also became the joint-most-expensive over in the history of List A cricket.
While 43 may sound too many runs conceded in the over, the record for most runs conceded in a first-class cricket game is 77 conceded by Wellington in February 1990.
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Who can forget Yuvraj Singh going Bezek against Stuart Broad at a T20 game back in 2007. After having a heated exchange with England skipper Ponting, Yuvraj took Broad for a dance, and hit him all over park, in a 6-sixes-36-runs over.
Rituraj Gaikwad Creates History
Today, another Indian celebrity is all over the news for going one step above. Maharashtra batter Ruturaj Gaikwad etched history today by hitting seven maximums in one over which ended up adding as many as 43 runs to the over. With one over, he became the first batter in the history of white-ball game to hit seven maximums in a legal over.
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It all started when left-arm spinner Shiva Singh came to bowl to Gaikwad from around the wicket. The first ball, a low full toss, was punished appropriately by being smashed over long-on. Second one was a good-length delivery and was pummeled straight. Third ball came shorter, and Gaikwad swung it high and far.
Shiva tried to change his line to save his face, and ended up being hit over long-off. The fifth ball was a no ball and was hit in the same direction. The sixth and the seventh ball were right on the middle stump, which Gaikwad showed no mercy on, depositing it on deep-midwicket.
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Ruturaj Gaikwad smashes 4⃣3⃣ runs in one over! 🔥🔥
— BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) November 28, 2022
With the explosive fireworks, Gaikwad ended his inning on 220 with ten boundaries and as many as sixteen delicious sixes. It was an all out Rituraj Gaikwad Show today, as other batters contributed merely 96 runs.
The Infamous 77-Run Over
While the record for most runs in a first-class match is generally considered to have come off of Garry Sobers and Ravi Shastri’s bats, there was one instance where an over was so ludicrous, it is still remembered among cricket fanatics.
In February 1990, during a Shell Trophy Tournament, Canterbury produced as many as 77 runs (8 sixes, 5 boundaries, along with extras conceded by the bowling team Wellington due to no balls).