Windies opener Chris Gayle rewrote history books as he rushed away to his 24th ODI century in the first game against England at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados on Wednesday.
Although Gayle’s heroics went in vain as England registered a record win in the series opener, the southpaw set multiple records in his 129-ball innings.
Gayle’s 135-run knock included 12 massive sixes and he now takes the top spot in the list of most sixes scored across formats. Gayle has 477 sixes to his name now and he surpassed former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi’s record of 476 sixes in international cricket.
Playing his first ODI since the home series against Bangladesh last year and having announced that the 2019 World Cup will be his international farewell in the format, Gayle also created a new world record. His tally of maximums (12) dominated an innings in which 23 sixes were struck, a new record for an ODI innings.
Also, Gayle has become the first batsman in the world to score 10 plus sixes in an innings on three different occasions. He was earlier tied with former South Africa skipper AB de Villiers and India vice-captain Rohit Sharma with two each.
Here’s the video:
Chris Gayle went berserk this morning 💥
🔊It's even better when you mash every six with an epic orchestral track 🎼 pic.twitter.com/KVb1lM0oOI
— Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) February 21, 2019