Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera scripted history as he became the first from his country to hit six sixes in an over. He also notched up a fifty in 13 balls which made it the second fastest in List A history. Appearing for Sri Lanka Army against Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club in Major Clubs Limited Over List A Tournament held in Panagoda, Perera showcased his stunning prowess with a knock for the ages.
In a match that was reduced to 41 overs due to rain, there were just 20 balls remaining in the innings when the left-handed batsman walked out to bat. Perera decided to go all guns blazing right from the first ball as he hammered the opposition bowlers to score a quick-fire fifty and take his side past 300. The knock also included one stunning over bowled by offie Dilhan Cooray who was hit for a six on every ball of his over.
Watch – Thisara Perera’s brutal hitting
Thisara Perera took apart Dilhan Cooray with six clean strikes with each one of them carrying over the boundary line thanks to the 31-year-old’s brute power. Perera became the first cricketer from Sri Lanka to achieve the feat and ninth overall in competitive cricket history to do it. It is noteworthy that West Indies’ Kieron Pollard had achieved the feat earlier this month while Perera was among the opposition.
The first person to achieve the feat was Sir Gary Sobers who did in 1968. It was then current Indian head-coach Ravi Shastri who did in 1985. It was the turn of Herschelle Gibbs to achieve it for the first time in international cricket. He was followed by Yuvraj Singh‘s famous knock against England in the T20 World Cup in 2007. Other players who have hit six sixes an over in domestic cricket are Ross Whiteley, Hazratullah Zazai and Leo Carter.
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