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‘6-sixes club’ and the Mumbai Indians connection

Herschelle Gibbs, Yuvraj Singh and Kieron Pollard
Herschelle Gibbs, Yuvraj Singh and Kieron Pollard
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Modified 05 Mar 2021
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Former South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs welcomed West Indies T20I skipper Kieron Pollard to the ‘6-sixes club' and cited the Mumbai Indians connection.

Coincidentally, all three batters who have belted six sixes in an over in international cricket have played for the Mumbai Indians at some point in their respective careers.

Gibbs posted the following on Instagram:

In March 2007, Herschelle Gibbs became the first cricketer to smack six sixes in an over in international cricket. He brought up the feat in a World Cup match off Dutch cricketer Dan van Bunge’s bowling. Only Sir Garry Sobers and Ravi Shastri had previously achieved the feat in first-class cricket. Gibbs then went on to play for the Mumbai Indians in IPL 2012.

Six months after Gibbs’ six sixes, Yuvraj Singh became the first cricketer in T20Is to achieve the feat. During the India-England tie in the inaugural T20 World Cup, Yuvraj launched a brutal assault on a young Stuart Broad and went on to bring up the fastest fifty in international cricket off just 12 balls. Yuvraj played for the Mumbai Indians in IPL 2019.

Kieron Pollard on Wednesday became the third batsman in international cricket to hit six sixes in an over. Akila Dananjaya, who had just taken a hat-trick in his previous over, was the bowler on this occasion.

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Over the past 11 years, Kieron Pollard has been one of the pillars of Mumbai Indians’ success and has also had the opportunity to captain the franchise.

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Kieron Pollard has a 6-7 win-loss record as captain for West Indies. However, last year he led the Trinbago Knight Riders to a CPL title. In the absence of Rohit Sharma for a few matches, he has also captained Mumbai Indians successfully.

Published 05 Mar 2021, 04:27 IST
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