Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera achieved a record in domestic List-A games that made him the first Sri Lankan batsman to achieve that particular feat. He hit six sixes in an over Sri Lanka Premier League 50 over tournament match on March 28, 2021.
Perera has been one of the biggest hitters of the ball, a veteran for Sri Lanka in international cricket with 6 Tests, 166 ODIs and 84 T20Is to his name. He has 203, 2338, and 1204 runs to his name respectively with one ODI century and 14 half-centuries in total. He also has 11 Test, 175 ODI, and 51 T20I wickets with 4 five-wicket hauls in ODIs and a T20I best of 3/24.
Thisara Perera Becomes Ninth Batsman To Hit Six Sixes In An Over; Scores 13-Ball Fifty
Batting for the Army Sports Club against the Bloomfield team, Thisara Perera hit six sixes in an over of the bowler Dilhan Cooray, who went for 73 runs in his 4 overs and was hit for 9 sixes in total. This made him only the ninth batsman to achieve this feat in senior cricket and the first Sri Lankan batsman to do so.
He scored his half-century in 13-balls becoming the 2nd fastest Sri Lankan to score a fifty. The record for the fastest fifty by a Sri Lankan in senior cricket belongs to Kaushalya Weeraratne, who had smashed a 12-ball fifty.
Thisara Perera’s 52* in 13 balls had 8 sixes in the innings, while two other batsmen made centuries- Ashan Randika (124 with 8 sixes) and Himasha Liyanage (101* with 3 sixes), as Sri Lanka Army posted 318/3 in 41 overs. In reply, the Bloomfield team managed 73/6 in 17 overs before the game was called off and no result was declared.
The first cricketer to hit six sixes in domestic cricket was West Indies’ Sir Garfield Sobers in (1968). The first batsman to hit six sixes in international cricket was South Africa’s Herschelle Gibbs (2007) and the first batsman to hit six sixes in a T20I match was India’s Yuvraj Singh (2007).
Here is the list of all batsmen to hit six sixes in an over in senior cricket:
Sir Garfield Sobers (1968), Ravi Shastri (1985), Herschelle Gibbs* (2007), Yuvraj Singh* (2007), Ross Whitely (2017), Hazratullah Zazai (2018), Leo Carter (2020), Kieron Pollard* (2021), and Thisara Perera (2021).
Note: (*In International Cricket)