The great Sir Garry Sobers turns 80 today

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Sir Garry Sobers celebrated his 80th birthday on July 28. He is the one who is often remembered for being the first batsman to hit six sixes in an over, he achieved this feat batting for Nottinghamshire against Glamorgan On August 31, 1968, Malcolm Nash was the bowler.

Garry Sobers was the most prolific cricketer of his era and is probably the most respected cricketing legend after Sir Don Bradman. The great Australian used to call him a five in one cricketer. Sobers was a mesmerizing batsman, a wonderful fielder and a skilled bowler who could bowl slow left arm, left-arm fast medium and also wrist spin.

The great West Indian made his first class debut back in 1952 against a touring Indian team and earned the test debut just after two years against England

Sobers scored a mammoth score of 365 not out against Pakistan in 1958 in Kingston, which was the highest individual score then and remained the record for 36 years. It is still the longest period a batsman has kept a record. When he played this historic innings, he was just 21 years and 213 days old that still makes him the youngest one to score a triple century.

There have been only 15 occasions where a player has scored 300 runs and took 20 wickets in a series, the great West Indian has achieved this feat three times in his career, twice against England and once against India.

Sir Garry Sobers was the first player to reach 8,000 runs in test cricket and remained the fastest to reach the milestone in 157 innings till Sachin Tendulkar surpassed him in 2002 by reaching there in 154th inning.