August 7, 2013

'Everyone tells me it's the biggest six ever'

Interview by Jack Wilson
Aiden Blizzard can claim the title of monster six-hitter and has Youtube to back him up
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You're credited with hitting the biggest six ever, which ended up flying out of the WACA. Reckon there's been a bigger one?
Apparently not! Everyone tells me it's the biggest six ever - that's what it says on Youtube. It was pretty huge but I reckon some of Chris Gayle's ones may have gone further.

Did you know it was a biggie as soon as it left the bat?
It was one of those ones that if you do it in the nets, no one knows how far the ball would have gone. I was lucky enough to hit it well in a big final. It was one of those things that just happened.

It's got a fair few views on Youtube. Do you go on there and watch it?
A few years ago, yes. The phone tended to get passed around between guys in the dressing room, but not now. I'm still living off it a bit.

Wikipedia reckons there was a 150-metre one you hit off Nathan Bracken too.
That's 150% a myth. Maybe in ten years time the ball will be going that far, but I haven't done that.

You've shared a dressing room with Kieron Pollard. Ever had a hit-off to see who can hit it further?
Plenty of times. We played together for the Adelaide Strikers and at Mumbai Indians. We've always had a bit of a joke about it and he's taken my left-arm orthodox apart in the nets a few times - but I've got him out!

That's a big beast of a bat he's got, isn't it?
It isn't too heavy, but he has, like, five or six grips on it. Maybe that's the secret, because they definitely stay hit.

What do you look for in a good bat?
It has to have a good balance with the middle being a lot lower. Gray-Nicolls have started doing ones with big, thick edges, which I like.

What's it like to walk out and open the batting with Sachin Tendulkar?
It's something you can't describe - it's a phenomenal experience. The crowd are roaring and it goes right through your body. It's a surreal thing when the guy walking down at the other end and tapping the pitch is Sachin.

Is he a big talker between overs?
I get nervous if the other batsman talks a lot, but the crowd blocks it out. He's an absolute student of the game. He remembers every ball he faces and he dissects everything that goes on out in the middle.

Do you suffer nerves?
A bit. I get a little anxious to get out there and get going, and the blood starts flowing pretty quickly. Once I hit a few boundaries, I settle down.

How good does it feel to play in front of those Indian crowds?
You get big crowds at home in Australia but it's a bit different there. The grounds are open and quite large, but in India the stands are almost vertical and it's like the crowd are on top of you. It's quite phenomenal. It can be hard to hear and hard to concentrate when it's 38 degrees and there's a bowler of Dale Steyn's calibre running in at you.

Who's the biggest joker in the Mumbai Indians dressing room?
Harbhajan Singh - he's always one step ahead of you.

Anyone else?
Rohit Sharma is a bit of a silent assassin. He's the kind of guy who will tap someone on a shoulder, tell them to do something, then sit in the background laughing when they do. But Bhajji's the main one.

You've played in Australia, India, Bangladesh, England. Where's the best?
I love playing at home and being closer to my family but India has to be one of my favourite places. The passion the locals have for their cricket is amazing.

How do you wind down away from cricket?
I'm studying to be a life coach. It's a bit left-field but something I enjoy. I also have two dogs, and my fiancée and I spend time walking them down the beach.

What's the worst chirp someone has given to you?
Paul Collingwood said something about it being cold and that a blizzard had come, because of my surname. I had a bit of a chuckle at him. It was in a warm-up game for the 2010-11 Ashes at the Adelaide Oval for South Australia.

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  • POSTED BY Karthik78 on | August 8, 2013, 22:25 GMT

    Everyone thinks it is Afridi. No chance for 150m+ sixes. He is very much overrated player in cricket. He doesn't know anything to hit hard the ball. If it clicks it is six else it is out. People who do not know cricket, they love this type of cricket.

  • POSTED BY Jagger on | August 8, 2013, 22:00 GMT

    There is a seat clearly marked at the 'Gabba I think it is, which preserves the memory of a six hit by Simon O'Donnell which would take some beating. He could really hit them and this one was huge. Consider that was before the days of these new high-tech bats as well. Also I agree with Peter's comment on Viv Richards. He murdered the cricket ball. I remember one day at the 'Gabba when it still had the dog track I think it was, anyway, Viv hit a flat six which screamed off the bat straight and hit the steel bar at the top of the boundary fence. It bounced off the steel bar straight up in the air like a tracer bullet. If the trajectory was elevated it would have travelled a country mile. He absolutely creamed it that day.

  • POSTED BY drinks.break on | August 8, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    Afridi's 6 off Symonds was at the WACA, not the MCG. And if you look it up on google maps, you'll see that the horizontal distance from batsman to where the ball landed was about 105-110 metres. Of course, it went up into the top tier of the Prindiville, so if the stand hadn't been there, it would have gone further, but by how much is impossible to guess with any real accuracy. Projectiles in the real world don't travel in neat parabolic curves (wind resistance causes the ball to slow down, so it drops much more steeply than it went up). If you guessed 140m, you'd be being generous. My money would be on about 130m - which is still a massive hit! (Blizzard's was probably 120m, or 130m if you want to be generous.)

    In other words, the 158m myth is just that - a myth!

  • POSTED BY Sorcerer on | August 8, 2013, 0:35 GMT

    Afridi's six off Symonds was labeled as a "12" by Tom Moody, and Moody was renowned for massive sixes himself.

  • POSTED BY MichealT on | August 7, 2013, 23:47 GMT

    Richards, Gilchrist, Mark Waugh, Shahid Afridi, Gayle, Pollard etc they all had hit bigger sixes than this one.

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    Satender holds d record ...I believe it was 198mt against MTC ...

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    I think Afridi is holding a record of bigget Six ever in Cricket History.Itts 158 meter long dstance.

  • POSTED BY Minhaj09 on | August 7, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    I agree with Saad ...Shahid Afridi hold the record for the biggest six which was at distance of over 150 m...even Chris Gayle couldnt match that....

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    @sagarneel lol gr8 comment!!1

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    No one hits sixes like West Indians do...

  • POSTED BY Karthik78 on | August 8, 2013, 22:25 GMT

    Everyone thinks it is Afridi. No chance for 150m+ sixes. He is very much overrated player in cricket. He doesn't know anything to hit hard the ball. If it clicks it is six else it is out. People who do not know cricket, they love this type of cricket.

  • POSTED BY Jagger on | August 8, 2013, 22:00 GMT

    There is a seat clearly marked at the 'Gabba I think it is, which preserves the memory of a six hit by Simon O'Donnell which would take some beating. He could really hit them and this one was huge. Consider that was before the days of these new high-tech bats as well. Also I agree with Peter's comment on Viv Richards. He murdered the cricket ball. I remember one day at the 'Gabba when it still had the dog track I think it was, anyway, Viv hit a flat six which screamed off the bat straight and hit the steel bar at the top of the boundary fence. It bounced off the steel bar straight up in the air like a tracer bullet. If the trajectory was elevated it would have travelled a country mile. He absolutely creamed it that day.

  • POSTED BY drinks.break on | August 8, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    Afridi's 6 off Symonds was at the WACA, not the MCG. And if you look it up on google maps, you'll see that the horizontal distance from batsman to where the ball landed was about 105-110 metres. Of course, it went up into the top tier of the Prindiville, so if the stand hadn't been there, it would have gone further, but by how much is impossible to guess with any real accuracy. Projectiles in the real world don't travel in neat parabolic curves (wind resistance causes the ball to slow down, so it drops much more steeply than it went up). If you guessed 140m, you'd be being generous. My money would be on about 130m - which is still a massive hit! (Blizzard's was probably 120m, or 130m if you want to be generous.)

    In other words, the 158m myth is just that - a myth!

  • POSTED BY Sorcerer on | August 8, 2013, 0:35 GMT

    Afridi's six off Symonds was labeled as a "12" by Tom Moody, and Moody was renowned for massive sixes himself.

  • POSTED BY MichealT on | August 7, 2013, 23:47 GMT

    Richards, Gilchrist, Mark Waugh, Shahid Afridi, Gayle, Pollard etc they all had hit bigger sixes than this one.

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    Satender holds d record ...I believe it was 198mt against MTC ...

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    I think Afridi is holding a record of bigget Six ever in Cricket History.Itts 158 meter long dstance.

  • POSTED BY Minhaj09 on | August 7, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    I agree with Saad ...Shahid Afridi hold the record for the biggest six which was at distance of over 150 m...even Chris Gayle couldnt match that....

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    @sagarneel lol gr8 comment!!1

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    No one hits sixes like West Indians do...

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    real sixes against real bowling in the context of the game, please. like Kim Hughes charging Chris Old at Lords and almost destroying the pavilion with a straight hit. Alan Davidson and his exploits at the SCG. Viv, a hundred times. And Botham taking on the grandstand at the Gabba in 86-7. real stuff by real people with old bats.

  • POSTED BY Sagarneel on | August 7, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    158/160 meters?? That's as absurd as Shahid Afridi's age!

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    That's nothing! When Obelix went to England in 50bc he hit a six that traveled round the world and decapitated the umpire. Beat That!

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    I don't think anyone can hit 150 metre six. It is quite a big distance to clear. We can't measure the sixes hit by Shahid Afridi of Ryan Mclaren and Andrew Symonds at the Wanderers and WACA respectively.There have been lot of rumours floating on social media regarding the sixes.Despite the fact there is no official word on the distance of the hit, the people are calling 150 and some even 160 meters long. There was no machine or instrument for measuring those sixes. I wonder how people calculated distance. Strange and Pathetic.

  • POSTED BY regofpicton on | August 7, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    There should be an objective way to compare the "size" of sixes at different groundsl. The present method of measuring the "length" of the hit is to plot the point of impact with the ground, but this is obviously dependent on the shape of the ground and its surroundings. Some "lengths" involve stadium roofs! There is a simple way to improve on this - well it's mathematically simple, but whether Hawk-eye could be kitted up for I do not know.

    If we can measure the horizontal distance from the point of impact with the bat and the point of maximum elevation of the ball, we immediately eliminate the contours of the ground. Simple (well, simplistic) ballistics can then estimate the "standardised" length of the hit just by doubling that distance. Of course this ignores the fact that air resistence will mean that the true length of the hit on "a level playing field" would be a bit less than that, but I reckon this is better than the rubbish technique what we use now.

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    Shahid Afridi holds the record for the biggest and second biggest six:160 meters against Australia at the MCG and 158 meters against South Africa

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  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    Shahid Afridi holds the record for the biggest and second biggest six:160 meters against Australia at the MCG and 158 meters against South Africa

  • POSTED BY regofpicton on | August 7, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    There should be an objective way to compare the "size" of sixes at different groundsl. The present method of measuring the "length" of the hit is to plot the point of impact with the ground, but this is obviously dependent on the shape of the ground and its surroundings. Some "lengths" involve stadium roofs! There is a simple way to improve on this - well it's mathematically simple, but whether Hawk-eye could be kitted up for I do not know.

    If we can measure the horizontal distance from the point of impact with the bat and the point of maximum elevation of the ball, we immediately eliminate the contours of the ground. Simple (well, simplistic) ballistics can then estimate the "standardised" length of the hit just by doubling that distance. Of course this ignores the fact that air resistence will mean that the true length of the hit on "a level playing field" would be a bit less than that, but I reckon this is better than the rubbish technique what we use now.

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    I don't think anyone can hit 150 metre six. It is quite a big distance to clear. We can't measure the sixes hit by Shahid Afridi of Ryan Mclaren and Andrew Symonds at the Wanderers and WACA respectively.There have been lot of rumours floating on social media regarding the sixes.Despite the fact there is no official word on the distance of the hit, the people are calling 150 and some even 160 meters long. There was no machine or instrument for measuring those sixes. I wonder how people calculated distance. Strange and Pathetic.

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    That's nothing! When Obelix went to England in 50bc he hit a six that traveled round the world and decapitated the umpire. Beat That!

  • POSTED BY Sagarneel on | August 7, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    158/160 meters?? That's as absurd as Shahid Afridi's age!

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    real sixes against real bowling in the context of the game, please. like Kim Hughes charging Chris Old at Lords and almost destroying the pavilion with a straight hit. Alan Davidson and his exploits at the SCG. Viv, a hundred times. And Botham taking on the grandstand at the Gabba in 86-7. real stuff by real people with old bats.

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    No one hits sixes like West Indians do...

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    @sagarneel lol gr8 comment!!1

  • POSTED BY Minhaj09 on | August 7, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    I agree with Saad ...Shahid Afridi hold the record for the biggest six which was at distance of over 150 m...even Chris Gayle couldnt match that....

  • POSTED BY on | August 7, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    I think Afridi is holding a record of bigget Six ever in Cricket History.Itts 158 meter long dstance.