We often see records made and broken on the field by players – be it batting, bowling or fielding. However, something similar took place during Maharashtra’s Vijay Hazare semi-final clash against Uttar Pradesh in Ahmedabad where Ruturaj Gaikwad smashed a double hundred featured the most sixes in a List A innings by a player, including a record seven in one over itself. However, with this, she has scripted history in List-A cricket.
However, they registered a massive score of 330/5 in their allotted 50 overs, of which 220 runs came off from their skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad himself, taking just 159 balls as well. Gaikwad carried the bat through the innings and with this, broke a plethora of records, including a unique first in the 49th over as well. He was playing against left-arm spinner Shiva Singh in the 49th over and well-set on 165, decided to take on the bowler in the penultimate over.
He took advantage of the delivery to hit one over the bowler’s head and towards long on for a maximum. Then, a similar ball the second time saw the same result as well. Then Singh overstepped his mark on the fifth ball of the over, even after the ball went to the ropes. On the free-hit, Gaikwad’s six over the long-on saw him scoring his maiden double century in List-A cricket. Then Shiva bowled another straight ball in the slot and it was hit towards the cow-corner to make him the first bowler to be hit for seven successive sixes in an over, a record that unwantedly made. Eventually, the 49th over saw the team earning 43 runs – just two less than what the eight previous overs of Shiva Singh had earned as well.
Ruturaj Gaikwad ended with 16 sixes in the innings, surpassing N Jagadeesan’s recently set record for the most sixes by a batsman in an innings of List A cricket as well.