Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan hammered four sixes in four balls in Ranji Trophy match against Uttar Pradesh. The left-hand batsman scored 91 runs off just 76 balls during his aggressive innings for Jammu and Kashmir.
The left-hand batsman continued his good form in this year’s Ranji season against Uttar Pradesh. Earlier, Pathan represented Baroda in Ranji Trophy but this year he is featuring for Jammu and Kashmir as a mentor cum player.
In the 66th over of the innings, the left-hand batsman decided to up the ante and smashed four sixes in a row. What made his hitting even more special was the fact that he targeted Saurabh Kumar, the spinner who had already claimed five wickets in the innings.
On the first ball of the over, Pathan charged down the track and hoicked Kumar for a six over mid-wicket. Seeing Pathan’s aggressive intent, Kumar bowled the next delivery very wide of the off-stump. Yet Pathan reached for it and hammered it for another six over wide long-off.
On the third ball of the over, the Indian batsman once again stepped out and clobbered the ball down the ground for the third six of the over. On the fourth ball, Pathan once again scored a six down the ground.
Pathan became the only fifth Indian batsman to score four sixes in four consecutive balls in a first-class match.
Prior to him, legendary Indian all-rounder Kapil Dev had smashed four sixes in a row against England in the famous Lords Test to prevent India from following on.
Yashpal Sharma had also smashed four sixes in four balls against Sir Vivan Richards. In the history of Ranji trophy, Ravi Shastri and S Reuben Paul have smashed six and five sixes in a row respectively.