Kieron Pollard smashes 6 sixes in an Over- equals record by Herschelle Gibbs & Yuvraj Singh
International Cricket has witnessed another historic record by Kireon Pollard in the first T20I of Sri Lanka Tour of West Indies. The magnificent feat made him the third International Cricketer to smash 6 sixes in an over after Hershcelle Gibbs and Yuvraj Singh and second cricketer to do so in T20 Internationals.
Kieron Pollard is notorious for his destructive batting skills. He was one of the reliable batsmen even in the Indian Premier League where massive targets were to be achieved in short span. There were many instances where the man singlehandedly brought the team up to victory from the depths of defeat. While all these details look great, the feat that was achieved now puts him up ahead of plenty of players that are known for their destructive batting.
The T20I between Sri Lanka and West Indies was happening in the Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua. Sri Lanka scored 131-9 and it was the opposition’s turn to bat. Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis who were the first on the ground, put together a score of 52 when Akila Dananjaya took him out with his destructive spell. The men that came next, Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran consecutively succumbed to the spell of Dananjaya making it a hattrick.
West Indies were 52-3 when Kieron Pollard arrived on the ground. Simmons soon followed his previous batsmen at 62 and Jason Holder entered the ground. Pollard was 2 for 4 when he faced Dananjaya and what happened next gave way to history being rewritten. The match that turned in favor of visitors with the hattrick of the Bowler suddenly turned in favor of the hosts. With Pollard’s 6 sixes in a row, West Indies quickly jumped from 62-4 to 98-4. Needless to say West Indies won that exchange with ease.
The amazing spectacle was a delight to watch especially since it was achieved only twice in the past. The first when Herschelle Gibbs, a South African destructive batsman smashed 6 sixes in a One Day International against Netherlands in the ICC World Cup 2007. The second time this spectacle was witnessed is in ICC T20 World Cup when Yuvraj Singh took Stuart Broad for a ride in the wild in the same year.