Yuvraj Singh and Herschelle Gibbs: The two former hard-hitting batsmen welcomed the West Indian captain to the elite club.
It is almost rare that a batsman enters the record books after batting for only 11 deliveries in a cricket match. West Indies white-ball captain Kieron Pollard registered one such instance this morning whilst his 38 (11) in the first T20I of the ongoing Sri Lanka’s tour of West Indies in Antigua.
Chasing a below par 132-run target, Pollard walked in to bat at No. 5 in the fourth over just after Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya became only the third Sri Lankan player to pick a T20I hat-trick.
Having scored a couple of runs off his first four deliveries, Pollard took strike against Dananjaya in the last over of the powerplay. Less did anyone know that the imminent would witness Pollard becoming only the third batsman in international cricket to hit six sixes in an over.
In what was the last over of the powerplay, Pollard used brute force although making it look effortless against the 27-year old player to continuously hit him in his strong zone, i.e., from straight over the bowler’s head to deep mid-wicket.
Yuvraj Singh and Herschelle Gibbs react after Kieron Pollard’s six sixes
Former South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs and former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, the other two players to achieve the feat till yesterday, took to social media platform Twitter to welcome Pollard to the elite club.
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) March 4, 2021
March a popular month for hitting 6x6s
16/3/2007 and 3/3/2021 congrats @KieronPollard55 👊
— Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) March 4, 2021
While Gibbs had hit six sixes off Netherlands’ Daan van Bunge during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007, Yuvraj had hit six sixes in an over off England’s Stuart Broad during the ICC World Twenty20 2007.