Nowadays, it is turned into a competition that who can hit the longest six in the cricket. But did you know which is the smallest six in the cricket history ever? Well, this video will tell this answer.
It was opening match of 2002 ICC Champions Trophy which was played between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at Colombo (RPS). After winning the toss, Pakistan decided to bat first.
It was the first ball of the 26th over of Pakistan’s innings while they were batting at 91/4. Sri Lankan leg-spinner Upul Chandana was the bowler while wicketkeeper-batsman Rashid Latif was the batsman at the striker end. Chandana bowled a full delivery at the leg which the right-hander batsman Latif played a sweep shot. The ball went over the head of the Sri Lankan wicket-keeper (Kumar Sangakkara) and hit a helmet which was put on the ground behind the Sri Lankan wicket-keeper. During this incident, the batsmen also took a run.
The bowler’s end umpire Steve Bucknor awarded 5 runs as a penalty along with the single run. So there was added 6 runs on the Pakistan scoreboard. Also, the ball was called dead by Bucknor.
As per ICC rules, if the ball strikes a fielder’s helmet when it is on the field but not being worn, umpire will award 5 penalty runs to the batting team.
In this match, the helmet was not worn by anyone but still it was on the field. So, umpire awarded 5 runs along with the single run which was taken by the batsmen. It was the least effort ever by any batsmen to get six runs, though batsman Latif only added one run in his score from that six runs. The penalty (5 runs) was added into the team’s extras.
After that, the helmet was removed from the field.
Here is the hilarious video: