25-year-old Indian cricketer Ruturaj Gaikwad has done what remained undone in recent decades, thanks to the young batter's riveting batting skill as for the first time in the history of cricket, Ruturaj has smashed seven sixes in an over and scripted a new world record. As a promising batsman, Ruturaj has been a shining star in the limited over formats.
Ruturaj Gaikward turned the world to witness his awe-struck sixes in an over. Playing for his home state Maharashtra in the Vijay Hazare Trophy against Uttar Pradesh on Monday - November 28, Ruturaj has also scored a double century and ended his innings as a top batter for his side. The match was hosted by Narendra Modi Stadium, B Ground in Ahmedabad and after winning the toss, Uttar Pradesh decided to bowl first.
In the end, Maharashtra scored 330 runs in 50 overs by losing five wickets and of these 330 runs, Ruturaj scored 220 runs off 159 balls with ten fours and sixteen sixes. He smashed seven sixes in the 49th over and amassed 43 runs off six deliveries, which has also been recorded as a global milestone. Shiva Singh, who was bowling the over, conceded a no ball in the fifth delivery of the over which pushed him to throw another delivery.
Ruturaj Gaikwad sent all the seven deliveries straightly beyond the boundary line and with 43 runs in an over, he crossed the 200-mark and drove the team to breach the 300-mark. The visuals of Ruturaj's raining sixes have been going superviral on social media and the extraordinary milestone has become the talk of the town. Maharashtra was playing its quarter-final against Uttar Pradesh and furthermore, Ruturaj has also equalled the List-A world record of 43 runs in an over.
Previously, during the 2018-2019 Ford Trophy in New Zealand, the Northern Districts batsmen Joe Carter and Brett Hampton smashed Central Districts Willem Ludick's bowling by scoring 43 runs in an over. However, there were no seven sixes like Ruturaj Gaikwad as Ludick bowled eight balls in the over, including two no balls, conceding six sixes, a four, and a single.
With the historic smash, Gaikwad joined the elite club of players who have hit six sixes in an over, which is indeed a rare phenomenon in the cricket. The elite club includes Garry Sobers -1968, Ravi Shastri- 1985, Herschelle Gibbs - 2007, Yuvraj Singh - 2007, Ross Whiteley - 2017, Hazratullah Zazai - 2018, Leo Carter- 2020, Kieron Pollard - 2021, Thisara Perara and Jaskaran Malhotra in 2021, and now Gaikwad in 2022.
Adding to the league of records, Ruturaj Gaikwad's score 220 has become the 39th double-century in List A cricket and the fifth-highest score by an Indian in the format. Tamil Nadu's Jagadeesan is on the top of this list by scoring 277 against Arunchal Pradesh in this Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Moreover, the batter's record has given a hope to Chennai Super Kings to build a great batting line-up as he is going to play for the franchise in the upcoming edition of the IPL. It is pertinent to note that the overall record for most sixes in an over is in the hands of former New Zealand captain Lee Germon, who hit eight sixes in Wellington in the 1990 Shell Trophy.