Oh, Ravindra Jadeja! Oh, you freaking superstar! What is it that you cannot do? Chennai Super Kings and his millions of Indian fans must be wondering the same in absolute awe as they watched the Indian all-rounder smash, Harshal Patel, for a record-leveling 37 runs in one over.
Harshal Patel was flying high. Very high. With a slew of slower bouncers, he had knocked over the likes of Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, and Ambati Rayudu in his first three overs.
Virat Kohli trusted his death-over specialist to close out the innings with another good over and then mayhem ensued.
His ploy of bowling slower balls had worked against other batsmen but it proved to be a fatal plan against Jadeja, who sat deep in his crease and smashed him for fun between mid-wicket and long-on region.
Patel went for a couple of sixes on his first two deliveries, out of which the second ball turned out to be a no-ball.
Ravindra Jadeja hammered another six on a waist-high full-toss on the very next delivery. Patel had clearly lost the track as Jadeja once again sat deep in his crease and mowed another shorter length slower delivery for the fourth six of the over to storm to a 25-ball 50.
Jadeja finished it off with a four and a six besides squeezing in a double to ensure that CSK finished at 4/191.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Ball 6 aur run 37. Only Sir Jadeja can do it. Unbelievable hitting against the purple cap holder. #CSKvRCB
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 25, 2021
Most runs scored by a batsman off a bowler in an over in IPL:
36 – Gayle off Parameswaran, 2011
36 – Ravindra Jadeja off Harshal Patel, 2021*
32 – Raina off Awana, Mumbai, 2014#CSKvRCB
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) April 25, 2021
Batsmen hitting 5 sixes in an over in IPL:
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) April 25, 2021
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 25, 2021
@imjadeja you beauty! 6 6 6nb 2 6 6 4! It was @RCBTweets on top vs @ChennaiIPL till the 19th,
Unbelievable hitting, 37 runs of the last! What a knock , one of the best hitting I have seen in the ipl! #CSKvRCB #CSK pic.twitter.com/nHHxCPHzsr
— Kris Srikkanth (@KrisSrikkanth) April 25, 2021
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) April 25, 2021
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) April 25, 2021
— Mitchell McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) April 25, 2021
— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) April 25, 2021
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) April 25, 2021
— Shai Hope (@shaidhope) April 25, 2021
— Rahul Sharma (@ImRahulSharma3) April 25, 2021
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 25, 2021
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) April 25, 2021