After Kieron Pollard in the first T20I against Sri Lanka earlier this year, it is Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera who becomes the second player in 2021 to hit six sixes in an over as he became the first player from his country to do so.
The 31-year-old achieved the feat during his unbeaten 13-ball 52 while leading Sri Lanka Army in a group match against Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club in the Major Clubs Limited Over List A tournament at the Army Ground in Panagoda town on Sunday.
His knock, which consisted eight sixes in it, was also the second-fastest half-century by a Sri Lankan in List A cricket, after former Sri Lanka all-rounder Kaushalya Weeraratne’s 12-ball fifty in 2005.
In the truncated to 41-overs-a-side match, the Sri Lanka Army Sports Club captain Perera walked in to bat at No. 5 with 20 balls remaining in their innings. The all-rounder then hit Dilhan Cooray for six sixes in an over en route to second-fastest half-century in List A cricket. The off-spinner Cooray ended up conceding 73 runs in four overs.
Unfortunately, the match ended without the result as the game was abandoned with Bloomfield struggling on 73 for 6 in their chase of 318.
Perera is the second cricketer, after West Indies limited-overs captain Kieron Pollard, to achieve this milestone in 2021. Pollard achieved the feat just three weeks prior to Perera when he hit Sri Lanka leg-spinner Akila Dhananjaya for six sixes in a T20 International in Antigua.
Overall, Perera is only the ninth player to smash six sixes in an over and the sixth to do so in domestic cricket. Only three players, Herschelle Gibbs, Yuvraj Singh and Pollard – have achieved the feat in international cricket.
Sir Garfield Sobers (1968) was the first-ever player to hit six sixes in an over. Team India’s current head coach Ravi Shastri (1985), was the next to do it.