Leo Carter becomes first New Zealander: New Zealand player Leo Carter has become the fourth cricketer to smash six sixes in an over in a T20I match, leading his team to victory in the Super Smash tournament in Christchurch on Sunday. With this, Carter also became the first New Zealander to achieve the feat. Before him, no other New Zealand cricketer had done it in any format of the game.
Yuvraj Singh, Ross Whitley (Worcestershire) and Hazratullah Zazai (Kabula Zwanan) are the three players to hit six sixes in a T20I over. Herschelle Gibbs (South Africa) is the lone cricketer to achieve the feat in ODIs. While Ravi Shastri and Sir Garry Sobers (Nottinghamshire) have done it in first-class cricket.
Carter, who was playing for Canterbury Kings, took the match away from Northern Districts when his team needed 64 runs from 30 balls. He resorted to power-hitting in the 16th over when he whacked Anton Devcich, a left-arm spinner.
His 70 that came with the help of sixes also helped him to score his maiden half-century. Carter first struggled to face Northern Districts’ bowlers, scoring 11 of 12 balls. His next 59 came off 17 balls. Canterbury successfully chased down 220. Thanks to his seven maximums and three fours.
Meanwhile, Gibbs and all-rounder Yuvraj are the only two cricketers to achieve the feat in international cricket. South Africa’s left-hander had scored six sixes against the Netherlands in 2007. It was in the 50-over World Cup match.
While Yuvraj had hammered six consecutive maximums in the first edition of the T20 World Cup in 2007 against England. The Punjab cricketer stunned the opponents when he whacked Stuart Board. The power-hitting came in the 19th over when India were on 171/3.
The southpaw also became the first to score the fastest T20I half-century. He scored his fifty in just 12 balls and ended on 58 in 16 balls. India also won the first edition of the T20I, defeating Pakistan.