Worcestershire all-rounder Ross Whiteley on Sunday hit six sixes in an over to join a select group who’ve achieved the feat in the International Cricket. But Ross’ 65 off 26 balls did not prevent Worcestershire to face a 37-run defeat at the hands of Yorkshire in a NatWest T20 Blast clash at Headingley.
The 28-year-old Whiteley struck Yorkshire left-arm spinner Karl Carver for six sixes during the 16th over of Worcestershire’s innings in an English Twenty20 match on Sunday.
Legendary West Indies batsman Garry Sobers was the first player to hit six sixes in an over in first-class cricket when while playing for Nottinghamshire against Glamorgan’s Malcolm Nash in a County Championship match at Swansea in 1968.
There are only three other cricketers have hit six sixes in an over after Sobers’ feat, including India’s Ravi Shastri, South Africa’s Herschelle Gibbs and India’s Yuvraj Singh, who have all achieved that achievement in either first-class, one-day or Twenty20 cricket.
However, Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh was the first to hit six sixes in a T20I. He struck English pacer Stuart Broad in an over in the World T20 in Durban in 2007.
Speaking about his feat, Ross Whiteley said, “It was the right time in the game for me to go for it. It was all or nothing. Unfortunately for the bowler, it was a short boundary on the leg-side. I had the mentality that I was going to go for it before I got in. I hit the first out of the screws and needed to keep going for the team, not for that achievement. It’s something I never really thought I’d do in professional cricket.”
He concluded, “Personal milestones are great, but it’s hard to get away from the defeat. It’s pretty tough to take. We’ve lost four out of five and are right down at the bottom.”