Twenty three-year-old Makarand Patil has done what few have ever managed to do. The cricketer, who plays for Viva Supermarkets, hit 7 sixes in a row, against Mahindra Logistics. With all eyes on the T20 extravaganza, Patil achieved a rare feat; doing what Yuvraj Singh did in T20 World Cup 2007 by hitting 6 sixes in the same over. Cricketers Ravi Shastri, Ravindra Jadeja hold the same record during domestic games.
The son of a farmer, Patil scored 86 runs off 26 deliveries playing for Viva Supermarkets in the F division Times Shield tournament at the Sachin Tendulkar Gymkhana.
Talking to The Indian Express, Patil said, “Till I hit the fourth six, I didn’t think that I will score six sixes in that over. My teammates kept cheering, I could hear the loud noise when I hit the sixth six. I was over the moon. And later when I faced the seventh ball, I hit that too for a six. It’s a great feeling to be like a star for one day”.
The fiery batsman has become quite a celebrity with his phone ringing off the hook after the match. “People are still coming to meet me. They are greeting me. The feeling is good but life ahead will not be easy again. I will have to work harder than before. My first aim is to get in reckoning for the Mumbai team in future,” he said.
The cricketer from Virar sometimes has to miss a few matches to help his father out at their family farm, which is main source of income for them.
Over the years, franchises have often picked up unknown players who have gone on to make a name for themselves by performing in local tournaments. If Patil continues to fire the big guns like this, perhaps he too will don a team cap from one of the IPL teams soon.