Shivam Dube hits five sixes in an over, again

This time, the southpaw flayed Baroda's Swapnil Singh in a Ranji Trophy match at the Wankhede.

For the second time in his career, Shivam Dube has hit five sixes in over.

After giving NaMo Bandra Blasters' leggie Pravin Tambe the stick in the inaugural T20 Mumbai league earlier this year, when he scored 32 runs in an over with five maximums, the Shivaji Park Lions repeated the feat nine months later at the same venue - the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

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In the Elite Group A Ranji Trophy match against Baroda that ended as a draw on Monday, Dube went from 45 to 75 in a single over bowled by left-arm spinner Swapnil Singh in the second innings. The southpaw hit the first five balls for sixes, bringing his fifty up in 52 balls off the first one, before Swapnil thwarted the run with the final delivery shot down the leg side.

Four of his five sixes came on the leg side, with the bowler bowling over the wicket for the first two deliveries.

He came close to emulating Ravi Shastri's six sixes, also bludgeoned in a Bombay-Baroda match 33 years ago off Tilak Raj, also a left-arm spinner.

Coming in at No. 8, Dube scored 76 runs in 60 balls with 3 fours and 7 sixes on the final day of the match. The tall all-rounder has had an impressive Ranji season so far, either picking up a five wicket haul or scoring a century in four of his six matches this season.

His latest efforts would hold the 25-year-old in good stead ahead of the Indian Premier League auction to be held on Tuesday.

"Yes, Shivam is a very talented player and we have seen how long he hits sixes," Mumbai captain Siddhesh Lad said. "I'm sure IPL teams are looking after him and he will go at a good price."

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