Cricket world loses it over Iftikhar Ahmed feat: 'Unbelievable'
The Pakistani player joined one of cricket's rarest clubs during a display that has left fans around the world gobsmacked.
Pakistan batter Iftikhar Ahmed has joined one of the rarest and most exclusive clubs in the cricket world after an astonishing feat that has left fans around the world gobsmacked. The 32-year-old etched his name in history after belting six consecutive sixes in one over, during a Pakistan Super League exhibition match for Quetta Gladiators against Peshawar Zalmi.
Iftikhar is just the 11th player in the history of first-class cricket to smash six maximums in one over. The astonishing feat sees the Pakistan batter join Sir Garfield Sobers, Ravi Shastri, Herschelle Gibbs, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Ross Whiteley, Hazratullah Zazai, Leo Carter, Thisara Perera and Jaskaran Malhotra as the only men to have achieved the batting feat of perfection in one over.
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Iftikhar reached his half-century off 42 balls, but exploded in the 20th and final over of his side's innings, finishing on 94 not out from just 50 balls. Peshawar bowler Wahab Riaz was the unfortunate man on the receiving end of Iftikhar's incredible feat, as the Quetta batter sent the ball flying to all parts of the ground.
The brutal late cameo helped Quetta reach 5-184 off their 20 overs, with Iftikhar's side holding on for a thrilling three-run win. Chasing the victory target of 185, Peshawar were restricted to 7-181 in their 20 overs, with Mohammad Hasnain the pick of the bowlers for Quetta after bagging figures of 3-30 in four overs.
Cricket world erupts over Iftikhar Ahmed display
However, it was Iftikhar's historic display with the bat that unsurprisingly dominated the headlines. The batter's stunning feat left the cricket world in a frenzy on social media.
Iftikhar Ahmed smashes six consecutive sixes off Wahab Riaz! 💥
(📹: @TheRealPCB) #IftiMania pic.twitter.com/s9NLyP5OHO
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) February 5, 2023
Incredible power hitting from @IftiAhmed221 against quality fast bowler of t20 format. Well done #IftiMania 666666 😍👏🏼👍🏼 pic.twitter.com/8ph35iLj0V
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) February 5, 2023
Wonderful display of batting by @IftiAhmed221. Unbelievable shots and the command he has shown was amazing. I’m disappointed but happy for you brother. Keep going!
— Wahab Riaz (@WahabViki) February 5, 2023
Great Hitting Brother, Keep Shining On @IftiAhmed221 #IftiMania pic.twitter.com/XPSrVwMcoy
— Asghar Afghan (@MAsgharAfghan) February 5, 2023
SIX SIXES IN AN OVER!
Iftikhar Ahmed takes Wahab Riaz to the cleaners 💥#PZvsQG #PSL8 pic.twitter.com/nc2QZd6NCi
— Geo Super (@geosupertv) February 5, 2023
Omg🔥🔥🔥 iftikhar Ahmed
6 sixs in a row #IftikharAhmad #iftimania #PSL2023 #PakistanBankrupt #Cricket #CristianoRonaldo𓃵 #IftikharAhmed pic.twitter.com/yWAJ530oWW
— Navneet Singh (@f4c026e2214a471) February 5, 2023
Take a bow Iftikhar Ahmed 👏
— The Cricketer (@TheCricketerMag) February 5, 2023
The exhibition match was a precursor to the eighth edition of the Pakistan Super League, which is set to get underway on February 14. The first match of the season sees the Multan Sultans take on the Lahore Qalandars in Pakistan's domestic T20 competition.
Australians Matthew Wade, Tim David, Andrew Tye and Ben Cutting are among some of the notable international stars featuring in the competition. Pakistan Test stars Babar Azam and Shaheen Afridi, as well as New Zealand veteran Martin Guptill, are also among the big-name players competing in the Pakistan Super League.
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