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United States batsman Jaskaran Malhotra has joined an elite band of players to hit six sixes in an over in professional cricket, becoming the 10th man to achieve the feat.
Batting at number five for the USA in their second one-day international against Papua New Guinea in Oman on Thursday, Malhotra cleared the ropes six times in the final over of their innings to finish unbeaten on 173.
Papua New Guinea fast bowler Gaudi Toka was the unfortunate bowler on the receiving end of Malhotra's onslaught as the Indian-born wicketkeeper batsman smashed 16 sixes in all.
Malhotra joined three others who have achieved the feat at international level -- South Africa's Herschelle Gibbs (2007) in an ODI, as well as India's Yuvraj Singh (2007) and West Indies' Kieron Pollard (2021) in Twenty20 matches.
Indian-born Malhotra, who counts West Indies great Viv Richards as his favourite player, also became the first man to score an ODI century for the US.
His 173 also surpassed South African AB de Villiers' 162 as he laid claim to the highest score ever by a number five batsman in ODIs.
The Houston, Texas resident follows the great Sir Garfield Sobers (1968), Ravi Shastri (1985), Gibbs, Yuvraj, Ross Whiteley (2017), Hazratullah Zazai (2018), Leo Carter (2020), Pollard and Thisara Perera (2021) in the elite club.