West Indies captain Kieron Pollard on Wednesday became only the third man to hit six sixes in an international over in his team's four-wicket Twenty20 victory over Sri Lanka.
The feat came in the sixth over of a bizarre West Indies innings, bowled by off-spinner Akila Dananjaya who moments earlier in his previous over had been celebrating taking a hat-trick.
Pollard followed in the footsteps of South Africa's Herschelle Gibbs against the Netherlands in the 2007 World Cup and India's Yuvraj Singh, who also achieved the feat in the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup against England.
Pollard was eventually out for 38 off 11 balls as the West Indies chased 132 to win at the Coolidge Cricket Ground, reaching their target in the 14th over when Jason Holder clobbered his side's 13th six.
"I felt I could hit six sixes after the third one," said 33-year-old Pollard.
"Once I had five sixes I knew I had the bowler on the back foot. He was going around the wicket and it was difficult for him. I just told myself: 'Go for it'."
Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews hailed his opposite number.
"Pollard as we know is very destructive," Mathews told the post-match presentation.
"What I told Akila was to go for his wicket even if he gets hit for six sixes. If he miscued one we could have got him out. Unfortunately it didn't happen."
Only eight men have hit six sixes in an over in all forms of cricket with fellow West Indian Garfield Sobers the first to do so in an English county game in 1968.
We are continuing in the same vein as we started the new year. May struggle to beat Afghanistan or Ireland. Is it surprising that we have no representations in IPL2021.
Thinking Cap Thursday, 04 March 2021 09:10 AM
You need thinking bowlers and thinking captains.
With all the experience both could not respond. This will get repeated.
FF Thursday, 04 March 2021 09:18 AM
THAT WAS BAD ADVICE FROM THE CAPTAIN
Chris Thursday, 04 March 2021 10:04 AM
FF everyone knows that the inevitable cannot be averted and the captain at that point had to decide whether to encourage the bowler or discourage him. I think skipper did the right thing
Jude Thursday, 04 March 2021 10:06 AM
Colomba Cricket Pizza Thursday, 04 March 2021 11:34 AM
Good really both Pollard (WI) and Akila (SL) are great entertainers and they proved their capabilities with the bat and ball. But its sad to say that SL lost the match as the seniors failed. Hope they will do better in the next two T20's.
Anthony. R Thursday, 04 March 2021 11:37 AM
The captain was right, to go for the wickets , it's a motivation for the bowler. Wickets win matches
Rajan Selvadurai Thursday, 04 March 2021 11:37 AM
For the selectors attention: Suranga Lakmal, our Fast bowling triumph card you have not included in the squad for the 1st T20 which is a minus point. Please take him for all the rest of the T20's , One dayers and for the Test without fail. He is an Asset for our Team.
Dean Martin Aponso Thursday, 04 March 2021 11:40 AM
When our guys will learn to play the right Cricket, not for the sake of money but with the real sporting spirit. Look at India, all the Seniors and Juniors are playing with the real spirit and win matches and had come to the top of the table, Sri Lanka is going to the bottom. Oh my God....
warren Thursday, 04 March 2021 11:54 AM
I think Sri Lankan cricket has gone for a six already, thanks to the "born again" cult!
Man Thursday, 04 March 2021 12:02 PM
Nothing to worry. Please gather confidence for the test series as that is what cricket is all about but Elle or Base ball with the bats.
Abeygunaratna Thursday, 04 March 2021 12:10 PM
Its sad that nobody talks about the hat-trick he had in his previous over. Any way that's cricket.
Dinga Thursday, 04 March 2021 01:38 PM
No problem - Baba is the minister.
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