Most runs off an over in all formats

This is one topic for which information is readily available from Cricinfo’s record section.

The record for T20I cricket came under serious threat recently:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/284226.html

This can also be seen here:

T20I-most runs in over

In the 5th T20I in the recently concluded India-New Zealand series, Seifert (17) and Ross Taylor (17 including a no-ball) took 34 runs off an over from Shivam Dube. That was his first and only over in the innings. It was the second highest in T20Is, surpassed only by Yuvraj Singh’s 6*6 off Stuart Broad in the 2007 world championship.

Previously the worst such misfortune to an Indian bowler was Evan Lewis taking 32 (including a wide) off another Stuart (Binny) in 2016. Suresh Raina had conceded 26 against South Africans Ontong and Albie Morkel in 2012.

Now for ODIs:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/278847.html

Remember to read the footnotes at the bottom.

The highest scores from the link can be seen here:

ODIs-most runs in an over

There is also a 6*6 by Herschelle Gibbs off Namibia’s DLS van Bunge during the 2007 World Cup.

The Indian record is 31 by Shreyas Iyer (30 including 2 extras) and Rishabh Pant (1) off WI’s RL Chase earlier in the 2019-20 season.

Tendulkar (27 including 4 extras) and Ajay Jadeja (1) took 28 off New Zealand’s CJ Drum in 1999.

Indian bowlers also figure here: Yuvraj Singh conceded 30 to AD Mascarenhas in 2007, shortly before he repaid this with interest to Broad in a T20I.

Ishant Sharma conceded 30 to JP Faulkner in 2013/14

And finally Tests:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/233006.html

Which is reproduced here:

Tests-most runs off an over

The record has not gone beyond 28, shared by Lara off RJ Peterson in 2003-04, GJ Bailey off JM Anderson in 2013-14 and most recently KA Maharaj off JE Root earlier in 2019-2020.

The Indian record is 26 by HH Pandya off SL’s PM Pushpakumara in 2017.

At the other end, Harbhajan conceded 27 to Shahid Afridi in 2005-06. RR Sarwan took 25 off Munaf Patel in 2006.

 

 

Yuvraj Singh’s ups and downs

Most sportsmen see ups and downs in quick succession. Yuvraj Singh is no exception. In this case the low was quickly followed by a high, and the low was quickly forgotten. We take up the story in 2007, meeting his adversaries along the way.

We begin on September 5, 2007 when India faced England in the 6th of 7 ODIs (yawn!) Going into this match, England led 3-2 with 2 to go.

England batted steadily and reached 286/6 at the end of 49 overs. For some reason captain Dravid chose to have Yuvraj bowl the last over. He had taken 0-29 off 4 overs prior to this. The 48th over had been bowled by Tendulkar for 12 runs.

Dimitri Mascarenhas, whose name is largely forgotten now, faced the first ball. He had one of the weirdest-sounding life histories of any international cricketer. He was born in England to Sri Lankan parents, spent most of his life in Australia but did end up playing for England in ODIs and T20Is and was usually regarded as an useful bits-and-pieces player. Then he had a Russian-sounding first name (don’t ask why) and a Portuguese-sounding surname (though in Sri Lanka and India, a Portuguese-sounding surname does not necessarily mean European ancestry). Finally, he was born in the same obscure suburb of London as this writer, though a generation later.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/engvind/content/player/16932.html

Commentary for the 50th over:

yuvraj-dimitri

The final scorecard : http://www.espncricinfo.com/engvind/engine/match/258476.html

And the current list of most expensive ODI overs:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/278847.html

As you can see, the Sachin and Saurav show got going, Yuvraj scored 18 and was one of Dimitri’s two wickets, and India finally won to tie the series 3-3. Ultimately they lost 4-3.

Later that month, India was in South Africa playing the first World Championship. Nothing much was expected from this team as they were the least experienced, having played precisely one T20I till them.They had won that match against SA less than a year earlier. And the IPL was not even a gleam in somebody’s eye.

Along the way, they ran into England again at Durban on September 19, exactly 2 weeks after the match mentioned earlier. This was a second stage match, with England already eliminated and India still in the running but without great expectations. Both Yuvraj and Dimitri were playing. The latter bowled one over for 15 runs. We now take up the start of Yuvraj’s innings:

yuvraj-1

Now for the 19th over by Stuart Broad which passed into history:

yuvraj-2

And the wrap-up:

yuvraj-3

As usually happens with some of the Cricinfo commentators, once they hit on an idea for PJs, they keep exploiting it throughout the match. This match’s emphasis on pirates and seafarers may have been inspired by Dimitri’s appearance!

T20I debutant Rohit Sharma did not get to bat, while Joginder Sharma (who remembers him now?) also debuted.

The final scorecard:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/twenty20wc/engine/match/287873.html

India won by 18 runs, so we can see how critical Yuvraj’s innings was. Dimitri was there at the close, but only faced one ball.

Also see the records: Most runs off an over, where Yuvraj’s record still stands:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/284226.html

He also still holds the record for the fastest T20I fifty:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/284094.html

The rest is history, where Misbah, Joginder and Sreesanth were there at the climax.

Many things were still in store for Yuvraj: man of the tournament in WC 2011, cancer and prolonged treatment and a brave but not too successful comeback. But September 2007 had more than enough ups and downs for him.

Meanwhile, Dimitri faded away after 2009 and Broad continues to open the bowling for England.

An afterthought: You would have heard of Malcolm Nash who conceded six sixes in an over in a FC match with Gary Sobers batting against him. Some years later he scored a century in another FC match. An Indian newspaper had this small headline on the sports page: “A bowler, once humiliated, shows how to bat”.