WATCH: Afghanistan's Hazratullah Zazai becomes third T20 player to hit six sixes in one over

Afghanistan’s Hazratullah Zazai has become only the third batsmen in Twenty20 history to hit six sixes in an over. (Screenshot: ICC)
Updated 15 October 2018
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WATCH: Afghanistan's Hazratullah Zazai becomes third T20 player to hit six sixes in one over

  • Zazai opened the batting for Kabul Zwanan chasing a massive 245 in their match against Balkh Legends
  • Struck 37 off six balls and a wide delivery in the Afghanistan Premier League

SHARJAH: Afghanistan’s Hazratullah Zazai has become only the third batsmen in Twenty20 history to hit six sixes in an over, as he struck 37 off six balls and a wide delivery in the Afghanistan Premier League.
Zazai opened the batting for Kabul Zwanan chasing a massive 245 in their match against Balkh Legends, who had Chris Gayle’s 48-ball 80 to thank for their imposing total.
Zazai's heorics pushed Kabul to 70 for no loss in just four overs and looking likely to push Balkh all the way.

In the process, Zazai also brought up his half-century off just 12 balls, equalling the record for the fastest T20 half-century jointly held by Yuvraj Singh and Gayle. In the end, though, it was not enough as Kabul only managed to reach 223/7 in their 120 balls.
The 20-year-old Zazai, who recently made his one-day international debut against Ireland, told the ICC that it was a "proud moment".
"It is a very enjoyable moment for me that my name is now linked to so many big names of the game, who are really legends of the game," he said after the match.
"It was a surreal moment for me to perform in front of my idol (Gayle). I was just trying to play my natural game and did not in any way think of outshining anyone."

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OTHER SIX SIXES IN AN OVER

Garry Sobers against Malcolm Nash for Nottinghamshire v Glamorgan, 1968 (First Class)

Ravi Shastri against Tilak Raj Mumbai v Baroda, 1985 (First Class)

Herschelle Gibbs against Dan van Bunge for South Africa v Netherlands, 2007 (ODI)

Yuvraj Singh against Stuart Broad for India v England, 2007 (T20I)

Ross Whiteley against Karl Carver for Worcestershire v Yorkshire, 2017 (T20)

 


KSA’s martial arts heroine: ‘I got into kickboxing by coincidence, as I just wanted to join a gym’

Updated 19 March 2019
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KSA’s martial arts heroine: ‘I got into kickboxing by coincidence, as I just wanted to join a gym’

  • Young Saudi triumphant at Open International Tournament despite just two years of training
  • Zahra Al-Qurashi took the gold in the women’s 70 kg category, beating Jordanian Heba Wasfi

JEDDAH: Zahra Al-Qurashi never expected to be where she is today: A gold medal winner in full contact kickboxing at the Open International Tournament for Clubs aged just 21. What started out as a gym class two years ago soon turned into a passion, leading to her victory in Amman on Sunday.

“I got into kickboxing by coincidence, as I just wanted to join a gym. I found the class and gave it a try, and decided to keep attending the classes,” she said. “A year ago, I joined Flagboxing Gym, and started training with my coach Grethe (Kraugerud). With her help, I developed my style and I am improving every day.”

Full contact is a discipline of kickboxing where punches and kicks must be delivered to legal areas of the body. According to the World Association for Kickboxing Organizations’ rules, it is legal to attack the front of the head and front and side of the torso, using “ankle-level foot sweeps.” It is prohibited to attack the throat, lower abdomen, back, legs, joints, back of the head and top of the shoulders.

A medal at her first international competition, then, speaks volumes about Al-Qurashi’s tenacity. She took the gold in the women’s 70 kg category, beating Jordanian Heba Wasfi.

“As soon as I entered the ring, everything went blank, I couldn’t hear or see anyone but my opponent, so I don’t really recall hearing my name even,” said Al-Qurashi. “I got a couple of really good kicks and punches, but she was a good opponent. I was in my own zone though, following every move and made sure I didn’t make mistakes.”

Zahra Al-Quraishi, 21, is already a gold medal winner at an international event despite being a virtual rookie in the demanding sport of kickboxing. (Supplied photos)

Hala Al-Hamrani, the owner of Flagboxing Gym in Jeddah, said: “I am over the moon. I have dreamt about this happening for 16 years, ever since I started coaching. My goal was to eventually provide the ladies of this country with an opportunity to compete.”

For approximately two months, Kraugerud, from Norway, oversaw Al-Qurashi’s workouts, adding more sparring, interval training and intense ring practice.

“I’ve had Zahra spar with men, who are bigger and stronger than her, to give her a sense of what to expect in the ring, to give her more confidence and make her mentally prepared,” said Kraugerud. “I was very proud of her as she entered the ring, you could see the respect for the sport reflected in her. We did a really good job at Flag, we really pushed for this together as a team. She’s young, but she’s talented and she will go far.”

Al-Hamrani, a member of the Saudi Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Federation, added: “We got her ready by providing her with the right practice and training. It’s a dream come true and it’s very overwhelming because it was such a long process for something like this to happen. Zahra is an up-and-coming athlete who hopefully has a long future and I’m extremely excited to see what that future holds.”

Abdul Aziz Julaidan, chairman of the Saudi MMA Federation, hailed the result after a tough bout between the two competitors, and thanked Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, chairman of the General Sport Authority, for the support he had given to the team.

Upon returning to her hometown of Jeddah, Al-Qurashi was greeted by her mother. “I was hugging her and crying and mom, being mom, asked if I was crying because I got hit,” she laughed. “That was her way of saying: I’m proud of you.”