The unimaginable has been done by Ruturaj Gaikwad. In Maharashtra’s Vijay Hazare Trophy 2022 quarterfinal match against Uttar Pradesh on Monday (November 28), the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) opener stretched his powers and hit up to seven sixes in a single over before finishing with a breathtaking 220 not out, off 159 balls. In the 49th over, Gaikwad went ballistic and hammered seven sixes, including a six off a no-ball, to lead his team to a massive 330 for 5 in 50 overs. He has now accomplished an unprecedented feat by being the first batter to hit seven sixes in an over at any professional level.
When given the opportunity to bat first, Maharashtra quickly lost Rahul Tripathi and relied on Ankit Bawne and Azim Kazi, whom both contributed with 37 runs each, but captain Ruturaj kept their innings together. The right-hander carried his bat while holding one end and made a spectacular double hundred with a monstrous 138.36 strike rate, 10 fours, and 16 sixes. With this knock, Ruturaj, who won’t be playing in India’s forthcoming three-match ODI series against Bangladesh in their own backyard, has delivered a powerful statement. It goes without saying that Uttar Pradesh will have to overcome this total in order to guarantee its place in the championship domestic tournament’s semifinals.
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