Who hit the first six in cricket History
In all formats, hitting sixes has become a little bit easier in the last few years compared to the past few decades. But back then, it took a lot of work to make the first six of a kind. When compared to the first sixer hit in a T20I, the first sixer hit in a Test or ODI took a lot more work because the boundaries were so far away.
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Here are the first sixes ever hit in all three types of international cricket:
Who hit the first six in t20?
Michael Clarke’s first six in T20I cricket history
On August 5, 2004, England Women and New Zealand Women played the first-ever T20I game. This was almost six months before the first-ever T20I game for men. But the first six of the format happened on February 17, 2005, when New Zealand and Australia played the first Men’s T20I at Eden Park in Auckland.
After Australia chose to bat first, Michael Clarke and Adam Gilchrist came up to bat first. From the first ball, it was clear that the Aussies were going for big hits. On the fifth ball of the first over, Clarke hit a short delivery from Daryl Tuffey over deep extra cover to become the first player to hit a six in this format. Clarke was out when he tried to hit another boundary with the next ball.
Who hit the first six in odi?
Ian Chappell hit the first six ever in an ODI
When Australia and England played a 40-over match in January 1971, it was by accident that the ODI format was born. The game was played at the MCG to make up for the money that was lost when a Test match that was supposed to be played there had to be cancelled. England batted first, and in the last over of the game, they were bowled out for 190.
In response, Australia chased down the target with more than five overs to spare and five wickets left. Ian Chappell was the best batsman for Australia, scoring 60 runs in 103 balls. During his turn, the older Chappell hit six boundaries and the first six ever hit in the format. When Ray Illingworth bowled, Chappell stepped out and sent the ball over the fence in the long-on area.
Charles Bannerman, Joe Darling, and Arnold Fothergill all hit the first six ever in a Test match (Based on different rules)
Due to the rules that were in place in the 19th century for giving “six” runs, there are many different stories about who hit the first six in Test cricket. In 1877, at the MCG, Charles Bannerman hit James Lillywhite’s ball over the fence in only their second Test match. At that time, a shot that went over the fence was worth six runs, so the hit was only worth five runs.
In this case, the 1898 Adelaide Test between Australia and England is thought to be the first time a six was hit in Test cricket. It was hit by Joe Darling of Australia. Darling got Johnny Briggs to bowl a ball that went over the Adelaide Oval. It was the last of Darling’s three sixes during the first innings of the game. When he scored 178 runs.
But nine years before Darling’s hit. England’s Arnold Fothergill was the first player in the longer format to get six runs by hitting the ball over the boundary. Fothergill hit a maximum against Albert Rose-Innes of South Africa in the 1889 Port Elizabeth Test. Which was the first Test match that South Africa ever hosted. During Test matches on South African soil. Hits that went all the way over the fence were worth six runs. Not just those that went outside the venue.