What do you associate with Tim Southee the cricketer? Swing, line and length, ability to capture wicket … athletics, what else? How about the skill of six strokes? Before you start to roll your eyes and smile at the last suggestion, here is a quick fact: Tim Southee has the same number of six in the test cricket as the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. Yes, you read it right. The New Zealand fast bowler matched Tendulkar’s total of six in the test cricket on day 1 of the first test match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Galle.
Southee, who scored 14 of 19 balls after hitting bat at No. 10, accomplished the feat by beating Dhanajaya de Silva for a huge six during the first innings of New Zealand.
Both Tendulkar and Southee now have 69 six to their names in Cricket Test. Tendulkar had 69 six in 329 entries, while Southee arrived there in only 89 entries. The New Zealand fast bowler is only a great success by beating Tendulkar on the list of six batters and matching former Pakistan batter Younus Khan, who has 70 six in 213 innings. Southee and Tendulkar are currently tied for 17th.
The record for most of the six in Test Cricket belongs to the former New Zealand captain and recently appointed KKR coach Brendon McCullum. He has 107 six in 176 entries.
The only other cricketer who has completed a century of six in the Cricket Test, other than McCullum, is former Australian wicket batter Adam Gilchrist, who has 100 six to his name in 137 innings.
This might come as a surprise, but it shouldn’t be for those who know Tim Southee’s style of using the willow. During the Opening Test against Sri Lanka in Galle, Southee matched the number of six of Sachin Tendulkar in the test cricket. Southee equaled Sachin when he hit Akila Dhananjaya by a six to record his 69th career. Tendulkar also has the same number, but the great Indian has played more games. The Indian master appeared in 200 tests and hit 329 times, while Southee is currently playing his 66th test, having received 96 chances with the bat. In all likelihood, he would also violate Tendulkar’s number since he is 30 years old and has time on his side.
What’s more surprising is that Southee is currently ranked 17th on the list of the six batters of all time in the test cricket. He is also third in the all-time Kiwis list of six batters in Cricket Test. On this list, Brendon Mc Cullum is at the top of the tree with 107 six and is followed by Chris Cairns, who is 87 in his name.
Southee is primarily a fast bowler and one could say that he is the best that New Zealand has produced. However, you can balance the willow quite well. He is a lower-order hitter, which means he doesn’t have many opportunities to get great scores. He has a better test entry in his career, with 77 of 40 balls, he arrived in only his second inning of the Test race in 2008, which he had up to nine six.
Gilchrist is followed by Chris Gayle (98), Jacques Kallis (97) and Virender Sehwag (91).
With regard to the first ongoing test match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand. The Kiwis were eliminated by 249 in their first innings. The SUV Akela Dhanajay pocketed a five by five.
In response, Sri Lanka took a slim lead of 18 races, courtesy of a very good lower order association between Niroshan Dikwella (61) Suranga Lakmal (40).