Stats: Irfan Pathan hits four consecutive sixes in an over in Ranji Trophy

Irfan Pathan scored 91 off 76 balls with ten fours and five maximums against Uttar Pradesh.

Irfan Pathan
Irfan Pathan. (Photo Source: CricTracker)

All-rounder Irfan Pathan is having a good hit with the bat in the ongoing Ranji Trophy season for his new team Jammu and Kashmir batting at different positions. The Indian International left his home team Baroda to take up player cum mentor role with J&K. In nine innings in this 2018/19 season, Irfan has scored 309 runs at an average of 44.14 including three fifties. In the fifth round game against Uttar Pradesh, the left-hander produced quick-fire innings.

Irfan scored 91 off 76 balls with ten fours and five maximums. He shared a 71-run partnership for the final wicket with Akash Choudhary out of which his contribution was 55. The highlight of his knock was in the 66th over of the innings where he took on Saurabh Kumar who already claimed a five-fer in the innings. Irfan smashed Saurabh for four sixes off the first four balls of the over; all in the ‘V’ down the ground. As many as 26 runs came off that over after he picked up a couple of the penultimate delivery.

Thus, Irfan Pathan became only the 5th player from India to hit four consecutive sixes in an over in first-class cricket. The list is headed by Ravi Shastri who hit six sixes in an over off Tilak Raj in the 1984/85 Ranji Trophy season game. S Reuben Paul of Tamil Nadu came close with five consecutive hits in 1995/96. Yashpal Sharma was the first Indian to hit four or more consecutive sixes, a year before Shastri’s six in six.

Playing for North Zone team in the practice match against the touring West Indians, Yashpal smashed Sir Vivi Richards for four consecutive sixes in an over. Kapil Dev recreated this feat in 1990 Lord’s Test match against England. When India were needing 24 runs to avoid the follow-on, he smashed four sixes down the ground in the bowling of the spinner Hemmings. Kapil is till date one of the two players to hit four successive maximums in an over in Test cricket.

Most consecutive sixes in an over by an Indian in first-class cricket:

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(Stats as on December 6, 2018)

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