Andre Russell, playing the first season for Trinbago Knight Riders, smashed six sixes in six balls, four off left-arm pacer Dominic Drakes and two off off-spinner Jon-Russ Jaggesar, in his 24-ball 72 against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the inaugural 6ixty tournament.
Russell, who came into bat at No. 3, helped the Knight Riders set a massive target of 156 in 10 overs for the Evin Lewis-led side. In his knock, the 34-year-old right-hander hit eight sixes, giving West Indian great Chris Gayle, who was also in the opposition, a taste of his own medicine.
The highest tournament team total, however, still remains with the Jamaica Tallawahs, who scored 162 against the Barbados Royals to win by 41 runs a couple of days ago.
Russell was on 72* with 15 balls to go at one point and admitted after the innings that he was aiming for a hundred. It would have been an incredible feat to score a 100 in a 10-over match, but it was not to be, as the attempt to decline singles and hold strike to smash everything out of the park eventually took its toll, and he was caught at the deep off Jaggesar.
The strike changes only once in the 6ixty, after the first 30 balls, rather than every 6 balls as it does in traditional cricket, which should have contributed to Russell declining singles for his partner Terrance Hinds and staying at the crease.
TKR sign Russell and Pooran
The Trinbago Knight Riders made a splash this year by signing Russell and Nicholas Pooran, who will team up with Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine to make the Trinidad-based franchise the pre-season favourite to win both the CPL and the Sixty.
Cricket’s brand new format, the 6ixty, is capturing attention with unique and meaningful rules such as the batting team only having 6 wickets to play with. This could be the future of T10, with all formats of 60-ball cricket reducing the number of wickets each team plays with to bring bowlers into play more. Teams have struggled to adapt to the new requirement, often being overly aggressive and getting themselves all out.