On 28 November, Ruturaj Gaikwad — the captain and opener of Maharashtra — smashed seven sixes in an over to set a world record for List A cricket. He achieved the feat in a quarter-final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy versus Uttar Pradesh played in Ahmedabad. In the process, Gaikwad also equalled the record for the most sixes in a List A innings.
No ball allows seventh six
With two overs of the 50-over game to go, the Maharashtra scorecard read 272/5. Left-arm spinner Shiva Singh bowled the 49th over. He began the over bowling from around the wicket. His first delivery was a low full-toss that Gaikwad lofted over the wide long on fence. The batter hit the next one over the bowler’s head. The next one, a shorter delivery, disappeared over the deep square leg fence.
The bowler tried to vary his line and bowled the fourth outside off. Gaikwad decided to smash this one over the long off fence. The fifth was an identical delivery that received the same treatment. However, it was also a no ball. Gaikwad took advantage of the free hit, helping himself to a six over long on. The bowler decided to bowl the last ball over the wicket. Gaikwad greeted the ball pitched on the middle stump over the deep midwicket boundary for his seventh six of the over.
Gaikwad hits double-hundred
During the over, Gaikwad got to his double-hundred. He finished with an unbeaten 220 off 159 balls, helping his side to a score of 330/5. His knock included 10 fours and 16 sixes. The rest of the Maharashtra batters scored only 96 runs off 142 balls. Shiva Singh gave away 88 runs in his nine overs without taking a wicket.
Record equalled for most sixes in List A innings
In the process, Gaikwad also equalled the record set by Rohit Sharma for the most sixes (16) in a List A innings. Gaikwad joined a list of illustrious batters who had scored six sixes in an over. They include Garry Sobers, Ravi Shastri, H Gibbs, Yuvraj Singh, Ross Whiteley, H Zazai, Leo Carter, K Pollard, and T Perera.
Record equalled for most runs in a List A over
Including the no ball, the over fetched Maharashtra 43 runs, taking their total to 315/5. In the bargain, Maharashtra equalled the world record for the most runs in an over. It was set in 2018 by Joe Carter and Brett Hampton. The players were representing Northern Districts versus Central Districts in the Ford Trophy. The unfortunate bowler was Willem Ludick.
|2022-23||Maharashtra vs Uttar Pradesh||43||Shiva Singh||Ruturaj Gaikwad|
|2018-19||Northern Districts vs Central Districts||43||Willem Ludick||Joe Carter and Brett Hampton|
|2013-14||Sheikh Jamal Club vs Abahani Limited||39||Allaudin Babu||Elton Chigumbura|
|2017-18||Cape Cobras vs Knights||37||Eddie Leie||JP Duminy|
|2006-07||South Africa vs the Netherlands||36||Daan van Bunge||Herschelle Gibbs|
|2009-10||Kerala vs Hyderabad||35||Dwarka Ravi Teja||Raiphi Gomez|
Uttar Pradesh fall short of target
Chasing a target of 331, Uttar Pradesh could manage only 272 before getting bowled out with 14 balls to go. Top order batter Aryan Juyal’s valiant effort went in vain. He scored 159 runs from 143 balls but did not receive adequate support from his side’s other batters.