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Jaskaran Malhotra is an American cricketer. Yes, that’s right, I said American cricketer. I can bet in advance that you didn’t think you would be reading an article about an American cricketer today! These two words don't usually go together as most Americans prefer to play Baseball, which is the closest American sport to cricket.

Recently, Jaskaran Malhotra changed the record books with his batting exploits. The wicketkeeper-batsman blasted six sixes in an over during the second One-Day International between the United States and Papua New Guinea in Oman, becoming only the second cricketer after former South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs to do so.

Jaskaran Malhotra has been the ninth player in top-level cricket history to knock six sixes in an over. In a one-day international in Oman, the 31-year-old scored runs off Papua New Guinea speed bowler Gaudi Toka. It also ensured that Malhotra, who had previously scored with 18 runs, finished undefeated on 173, the greatest one-day score by a US batsman. Aaron Jones' previous high score was 95 against the United Arab Emirates in 2019.

Malhotra also broke the record for the highest ODI score by a number five batsman, surpassing South Africa's AB de Villiers' 162 against the West Indies in the 2015 World Cup. It's also the third-highest ODI score by a player from an associate nation of the International Cricket Council. The incredible innings, which featured 16 sixes and four fours, enabled the US comeback from 29-3 to 271-9 in 50 overs, with the next highest score being only 22.

Before the United States obtained ODI status in 2019, the India-born wicketkeeper-batsman made his List A USA debut in 2017. Since then, he's played six T20 and seven ODI matches. After Jaskaran's carnage, the USA scored 271-9 in 50 overs. In response, PNG was bowled out for 137 runs, giving the USA a 134-run lead. With this victory, America took a 2-0 lead in the two-match ODI series. They had won the first match by seven wickets.

Jaskaran Malhotra is an Indian-born batsman who has played for Himachal Pradesh in their young representative teams. Jaskaran Malhotra is a tall and stylish top-order batsman who has made a name for himself across the country by amassing a string of considerable runs in various Twenty20 games.

With a record of scoring huge scores in club cricket in America, including two innings of more than 250, he prefers the arc between mid-off and midwicket and scores at a very healthy clip on most occasions. He's also a seasoned wicketkeeper who isn't given the opportunity to put on the gloves as often as he should be.

Kieron Pollard, the West Indies limited-overs captain, joined a select group of players who have struck six sixes in an over in international cricket earlier this year. In a T20I contest in March, the Caribbean all-rounder smashed Sri Lanka's Akila Dananjaya for six sixes. With that in mind, let's remind ourselves of a few of the other famous faces in this very elite club.

 

Sir Garfield Sobers

Sir Garfield Sobers made history by being the first player in first-class cricket to hit six sixes in a single over. He accomplished the astounding accomplishment while playing for Nottinghamshire versus Glamorgan in the English County Championship in Swansea. Malcolm Nash, a left-arm seamer, was the unlucky bowler who received such harsh treatment from one of cricket's best players. His captain had instructed him to bowl spin in an attempt to slow the flow of runs, but the decision backfired spectacularly. Nevertheless, Nash had bowled well in that innings, finishing with scores of 4/100 despite Sobers' record attack.

On the other hand, Sobers, who was captaining Nottinghamshire in the match, was in a completely different zone on the day. Sobers allowed himself permission to thrill after the top-order batters created a solid platform.

 

Herschelle Gibbs

Herschelle Gibbs, a former South African cricketer, made history by being the first batsman to knock six sixes in an over in an ODI in a thumping victory over the Netherlands in their Group A match in St. Kitts. When Gibbs unleashed the beast within and smashed six sixes off spinner Daan van Bunge's over, South Africa were 178/2. Van Bunge's first delivery of the 30th over high over long-on was followed by strikes over long-off twice, a six over mid-wicket, and another brace of massive hits over long-off by Gibbs. In his whirlwind 72, he faced only 40 balls and hit four fours and seven sixes.

 

Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj made history when he blasted England's fast for six sixes in an over at the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007, becoming the first Indian batsman and the second overall after South Africa's Herschelle Gibbs to do so in international cricket. His feat was arguably the greatest of all as it was against world class competition in the form of pace bowler Stuart Broad.