Ravindra Jadeja joined a select band of cricketers to have hit six sixes in an over, achieving the feat in an inter-district Twenty20 competition in Saurashtra on Friday (December 15). Jadeja was playing for Jamnagar against Amreli at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot, and powered his way to 154 off just 69 deliveries.
Nilam Vamja, the offspinner, was at the receiving end of the slugfest, with Jadeja teeing off in the 15th over of the innings. Jadeja’s innings blasted Jamnagar to a mammoth 239 for 6 while Amreli could only muster 118 for 5 in reply to go down by a whopping 121 runs.
Vamja did have the small consolation of scoring 32 for Amreli, with Vishal Vasoya’s 36 the only other substantial score in the innings. For Jamnagar, Mahendra Jethva was the pick of the bowlers as he took 3 for 6 in four overs.
Jadeja, who opened the batting, hit 10 sixes and 15 fours overall. In senior representative cricket, Sir Garry Sobers, Ravi Shastri, Herschelle Gibbs, Yuvraj Singh and Alex Hales are in the group of cricketers with six hits over the fence in a single over. The first two instances came in first-class cricket, while Gibbs achieved his feat at the 2007 50-over World Cup against the Netherlands and Yuvraj at the 2007 World Twenty20 against England. Hales, meanwhile, joined the club while playing a T20 game for Nottinghamshire against Warwickshire.
While the latest instance was recorded only in an inter-district game, Jadeja did serve notice that he could yet be a force in limited-overs cricket. Of late, the selectors haven’t considered the left-hander for India’s white-ball teams, with the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel given preference.
At his best, Jadeja can be one of the most economical bowlers, and a clean hitter, of which he gave ample evidence with Friday’s knock. In the field, Jadeja is already among the best India have ever produced.