India cruised to a comfortable 203-run win in the first Test against South Africa following a rapid collapse triggered by Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja. While batsmen often found it hard to cope on a pitch with uneven bounce especially towards the latter half of the game, the Test encounter saw a unique record being made.
A total of 37 maximums were smashed in the four innings, surpassing the previous record of 35 sixes scored in a match between Pakistan and New Zealand in 2014. The record was broken on the fifth day of the match when Dane Piedt launched a slog sweep high into the stands.
Furthermore, India’s newly appointed Test opener Rohit Sharma struck 13 sixes in the two innings he batted, taking him past Wasim Akram’s tally of 12 against Zimbabwe in 1996. The propensity of the batsmen to hit sixes could be explained by the readiness to come out of the crease and nullify the threat posed by spinners.