On March 16, 2007, at Warner Park in St. Kitts, the scene was shown in international cricket, which was done only by Gary Sobers and Ravi Shastri in first class cricket before that.
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New Delhi: When Sir Gary Sobers did this feat in 1968, no one could believe it. Before that it was just a fantasy. Then in 1985, Ravi Shastri repeated it. Even then it was not so easy to believe. Despite these two, when this scene was seen in Warner Park in St. Kitts in 2007, the surprise had crossed all levels. March 16 ie today’s date, When 16 years ago i.e. in 2007, 6-ball history was created. Herschelle Gibbs was the creator of history.
Gary Sobers was the first cricketer to hit 6 consecutive sixes in 6 balls of an over. After him, Indian all-rounder Shastri also achieved this feat. Many years after these two, when Herschelle Gibbs hit 6 consecutive sixes in 6 balls, he got greater recognition. The reason is clear – Sobers and Shastri did this feat in first class cricket (domestic cricket), while Gibbs achieved this amazing feat in international cricket.
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Gibbs created ‘slaughter’ in the World Cup
It was not only special because for the first time in international cricket, 6 consecutive sixes were hit in 6 balls, but what made it even more special was the stage of the World Cup. In the 7th match of the group stage of the World Cup hosted by the West Indies in 2007, Gibbs created this ‘slaughter’ with his bat. South Africa had batted first and by the 29th over had scored 178 runs losing 2 wickets. Jacques Kallis and Herschelle Gibbs were at the crease. Then came that unfortunate over of the Netherlands, which made leg-spinner Dan van Bunja famous forever.
Herschelle Gibbs started the attack by sending the first ball of this over for a six over long-on and took the sixth ball across deep mid-wicket. Meanwhile, he sent 4 balls towards long off and deep midwicket.
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Gibbs’ second explosion in a year
There was panic in the cricket world. It was not so easy for anyone to believe that this could happen in international cricket. But it was Herschelle Gibbs who did wonders, so it was not difficult to believe. After all, a year ago, it was Gibbs’ stormy century, on the basis of which South Africa also achieved the biggest target of 435 runs in ODI cricket history.
Then these scoundrels did wonders
Just a few months after this astonishing attack of Gibbs, in 2007, in the first T20 World Cup in Durban, England’s Pacer Stuart Broad was hit for 6 sixes and did a Gibbs-like feat. After this, two years ago in 2021, West Indies veteran Kieron Pollard hit 6 sixes in a T20 match against Sri Lanka. In the same year Jaskaran Malhotra of America hit 6 sixes in ODI against Papua New Guinea.
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