6,6,6,6,6,6 In 1 Over: Nepal Star Dipendra Singh Airee Emulates Yuvraj Singh, Achieves Historic First



Nepal’s Dipendra Singh Airee etched his name in history books as he hit six sixes in an over in a T20I against Qatar in  the ongoing ACC premier Cup 2024. He is now the third cricketer after India’s Yuvraj Singh and West Indies Kieron Pollard to slam six sixes in an over in T20Is. He is also the first ever cricketer to hit six sixes in six consecutive balls in T20Is twice. At the Asian Games 2023, Airee  also smashed 6 successive sixes in a game against Mongolia, although the feat came over two different overs.

Coming to bat at No. 5, Airee scored 64* off 21 balls with his innings including seven sixes and three fours. The over in which he hit six sixes came against Kamran Khan. Nepal reached 210/7 in 20 overs against Qatar, who struggled with the bat too.

Earlier at the Asian Games 2023, Airee was part of a record-breaking display.

In the match against Mongolia, Nepal batters smashed three different world records in an Asian Games 2023 match. While most batters managed to score runs effortlessly, the man who shone the most was Dipendra Singh, having scored 6 consecutive fifties, en route fastest T20I fifty in international cricket. Nepal went on to post a 300-plus total in the game, becoming the first team in the history of the sport to score 314/3 in 20 overs.

Kushal Malla, a 19-year-old left-handed batter, struck the fastest-ever T20I hundred in the history of the game, reaching the triple-digit score in 34 balls. In the process, he surpassed David Miller and Rohit Sharma‘s joint record. The South African and Indian batters had scored fifty in 35 balls previously.

Batting at No 3, Malla smashed 12 sixes and eight fours to remain unbeaten on 137 and power Nepal to the highest-ever T20I score of 314 for 3 against Mongolia, who opted to field.

Then came Dipendra Singh Airee, the all-rounder at No. 5, who rewrote the record books, blasting a nine-ball fifty that bettered Yuvraj Singh’s 16-year-old record. Yuvra, during the ICC World T20 match in 2007, had scored a half-century against England in 12 balls for his fifty en route to scoring 58. In the innings, Yuvraj had also scored six consecutive sixes against Stuart Broad.

With PTI inputs

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