Sagar Mishra joined a prestigious club on Wednesday, during Western Railway's Times Shield 'B' Division match against RCF, as the 23-year-old all-rounder smashed six sixes in an over.
After playing a steady knock of 51 runs off 35 balls, Mishra decimated off-spinner Tushar Kumare with the record number of boundaries in one over, boosting his team's run rate in his blistering innings of 91, according to a report in the Times of India.
"I was promoted to No 4 because their left-arm spinner was bowling well and I was sent to up the scoring rate," Mishra was quoted as saying by The Times of Indiaafter the match. Not only did he carry out his team's instructions, but he did so in fine fashion, smashing nine sixes off the last 11 balls of his innings, in his dominant 91 off just 46 balls.
Although he regretted not reaching the milestone figure of 100, Mishra was ecstatic after his achievement, calling it a dream fulfilled. "It's a dream come true. I remember Yuvraj Singh's six sixes in an over on TV nine years back. Never did I imagine that I'd do something similar," Mishra told The Times of India.
Mishra becomes only the third Indian to score six sixes in an over. The feat was previously achieved by former player-turned-commentator Ravi Shastri and Yuvraj Singh.
Shastri had done so in a Ranji Trophy match back in 1985. Playing for Mumbai, he had sent Baroda spinner Tilak Raj's deliveries to the fence six consecutive times to become the first Indian to record this feat.
Yuvraj, on the other hand, is the only Indian so far to hold this distinction in international cricket. He had famously smashed England's Stuart Broad for six sixes during their T20 World Cup clash in 2007. Yuvraj's heroics propelled India to a win against England in the tournament where MS Dhoni's men emerged as world champions.
Mishra will be hoping his impressive display in the match will catch the eye of Railways' selectors. Only time will tell if the youngster can replicate his performance on the highest stage.
Published Date: Dec 01, 2016 11:22 am | Updated Date: Dec 01, 2016 11:22 am