It takes plenty of might, grit and determination for a batter to have a go at the bowler, especially when the only intention is to hit sixes. It’s not that easy to hit a hat-trick of sixes, let alone hitting 6 sixes in an over. But, USA batsman Jaskaran Malhotra defied all odds to pull off the unthinkable in international cricket.
Yes, the cricketer hogged the limelight when he etched his name into the record books with his batting heroics on Thursday. Jaskaran hammered 6 sixes in an over during the 2nd ODI against Papua New Guinea in Oman. He deserves a certificate of excellence for accomplishing such a stunning feat.
By doing so, the wicketkeeper-batsman became only the second batsman after former South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs to hit 6 sixes in an over in ODIs. Jaskaran Malhotra chipped in with an unbeaten 173 off 124 balls. He smashed as many as 16 sixes, which is also the second most in ODI innings.
Jaskaran Malhotra scripts history in ODIs
The wicket-keeper-batsman also became the first cricketer from the USA to score an ODI century. Jaskaran’s innings included 16 maximums and four fours. In the process, he went on to surpass AB de Villiers’ 162 for the highest ODI score by a batsman batting at number five.
The Chandigarh-born right-hand batsman pulled off the unthinkable in the final over of the innings. It was when he hammered 6 sixes in an over off seamer Gaudi Toka after scoring his maiden ODI century. Moreover, Jaskaran hit the second most number of sixes in ODI innings with Eoin Morgan holding the record of 17 sixes.
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6 sixes by Jaskaran Malhotra in an over against PNG in the second ODI.pic.twitter.com/xufvRXSK07
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Rohit Sharma, Chris Gayle, and AB de Villiers are others who hit 16 sixes in an innings. The USA aggregated a total 271-9 in 50 overs after Jaskaran’s batting masterclass. In response, PNG were skittled out for 137. The USA won the game by 134 runs. With this victory, America won the 2-match ODI series 2-0. They clinched the first game by 7 wickets on Monday.