Nepal's Dipendra Singh Airee Smashes Six Sixes in an Over, Joins Elite Club

Nepal’s Dipendra Singh Airee Smashes Six Sixes in an Over, Joins Elite Club

Dipendra Singh Airee, Nepal’s explosive batsman, has etched his name in the annals of cricket history by becoming only the third player to smash six consecutive sixes in an over in an international T20 match. The remarkable feat was achieved against Qatar in the ACC Men’s Premier Cup match in Al Amerat on Saturday.

Airee, who entered the final over with 28 runs off 15 deliveries, unleashed a barrage of sixes off each of medium pacer Kamran Khan’s deliveries. The 24-year-old finished with an astonishing 64 runs off just 21 balls, propelling Nepal to a formidable total of 210 for 7.

Airee’s extraordinary achievement places him alongside legendary cricketers Yuvraj Singh and Kieron Pollard, who have also accomplished the rare feat in international T20s. In ODI cricket, Herschelle Gibbs and Jaskaran Malhotra have achieved the same milestone.

Notably, Airee is no stranger to such heroics. In September 2023, during the Asian Games in Hangzhou, he had achieved a similar feat against Mongolia. However, on that occasion, his six consecutive sixes were spread across two overs.

Airee’s six-hitting prowess has been a key factor in Nepal’s recent success in T20 cricket. The right-handed batsman has played 60 T20Is and 55 ODIs for his country, showcasing his ability to clear the boundary with ease.

Airee’s record-breaking performance against Qatar is a testament to his exceptional talent and the growing strength of Nepal’s cricket team. The young batsman’s ability to produce such extraordinary feats on the international stage bodes well for the future of cricket in Nepal.

Kerala's Abijith Praveen Hits Six Sixes in an Over, Joins Elite Club

Kerala’s Abijith Praveen Hits Six Sixes in an Over, Joins Elite Club

Kerala’s Abijith Praveen Joins Elite Club with Six Sixes in an Over

In a remarkable display of power hitting, Kerala’s Abijith Praveen has etched his name into the annals of cricket history by becoming the latest batsman to smash six sixes in an over. The feat, achieved during the semifinal of the Navio Youth Trophy U-22 Cricket Tournament, follows a similar accomplishment by Andhra opener Vamshhi Krrishna just a week earlier.

Playing for Masters CC, Thiruvananthapuram, Abijith faced leg-spinner Joe Francis from Trident Cricket Academy, Thrissur, in the 21st over of the match. With the score already at 69, Abijith unleashed a barrage of sixes that cleared the boundary with ease. The first two balls sailed over long-off, while the third soared over deep mid-wicket. The fourth and fifth deliveries were deposited over cow corner and long-on, respectively, as Abijith raced to 105 by the end of the over.

However, Abijith’s pursuit of another six proved costly as he was caught at long-on by Abhiram off the bowling of Akshay TK. His innings of 106 came from just 52 balls and featured 10 sixes and two fours. Masters CC went on to win the match by 106 runs.

A native of Pachalloor in Thiruvananthapuram, Abijith expressed his elation at reaching his century with a six. “I have hit five sixes in an over before, but to hit six maximums is a dream come true,” he said. “After I connected the first two, I felt I should go for it. Luckily, I timed each shot perfectly. I still get goosebumps when I think of the moment.”

Abijith, who cites Ab de Villiers and Hardik Pandya as his role models, is an allrounder who bowls medium pace. He made his List A debut for Kerala last December against Sikkim in the Vijay Hazare one-day tournament, claiming three wickets but not getting an opportunity to bat.

Biju George, fielding coach of Delhi Capitals, under whom Abijith trains at the SAI Medical College ground in Thiruvananthapuram, praised his ward’s remarkable achievement. “He has strong hands, and his shots go a long distance,” George said. “His six-hitting technique is simple but mighty effective. I knew Abi could pull off something like this, and I am happy for him. I hope someone recognizes his power hitting and gives him a much bigger platform to showcase his talent in the coming days.”

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