London: The cricket ball that was famously hit for six sixes in an over by Sir Garfield Sobers is expected to fetch 25,000 pounds at an auction. The legendary West Indian all-rounder Sobers was the first one to do so in the game's history when he played for Nottinghamshire against Glamorgan at St. Helen's in Swansea on August 31, 1968, in a first-class match.
The historic ball goes up for auction at Bonhams, a privately owned British auction house, this summer, along with a selection of other notable sporting memorabilia, including three of Henry Cooper's boxing belts, the Daily Mail reported.
The big-hitting batsman faced Malcolm Nash and hit a maximum 36 runs off the tormented 23-year-old's over. Seeking quick runs, Sobers began the over by hitting the first two balls over the heads of the mid-wicket fielders in front of the Cricketers Inn. He then charged down the wicket for the third ball and drove into the pavilion enclosure. For the fourth, he pulled Nash over the scoreboard before hitting the fifth ball into the hands of Roger Davis on the long-off boundary, who accidentally fell back over the rope. Sobers completed the landmark moment when he hit the final ball out of the ground and into the street. It was recovered by an 11-year-old boy, who handed it back to Sobers a few days later.
In 93 Tests, he averaged 57.78 and top-scored with a huge 365 not out against Pakistan in 1958, a world record at that time. Sobers, also a keen basketball player, was knighted by the Queen in 1975.
The feat was repeated by Ravi Shastri in January 1985 off left-arm spinner Tilak Raj in a Ranji Trophy match.
Herschelle Gibbs became the first person to hit six sixes off an over in a one day international match. The over was bowled by Dutch leg-spinner Daan van Bunge. In a Twenty20 international, India's Yuvraj Singh hit six sixes in an over off England's Stuart Broad during the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in Durban, South Africa.