10th January 1985: Ravi Shastri Hits Six Sixes…

New Delhi: Even before the likes of Herschelle Gibbs and Yuvraj Singh had become famous for smashing six sixes in an over, former India all-rounder Ravi Shastri had made headlines for achieving this feat way back in 1985. It was during this innings only that Shastri reached the fastest ever double hundred ever—in just 113 minutes. That took him just 123 balls. Also this was just the second time anyone hit six sixes in an over, the first being Gary Sobers in 1968.

The bowler on the receiving end was Tilak Raj. Shastri’s slam-bang innings had come a week after his marathon century against England at Calcutta. As far as the match is concerned, it was a drab draw. In the first innings Bombay scored 371 runs, with G Parkar making 170. In reply Baroda made 330 runs.

Bombay then took charge and scored a mammoth 457 runs in the third innings. Baroda just hung on, as when the match finished, they were 81/7, chasing a target of 499.