Chris Gayle sets new world record
Chris Gayle announced earlier this week that he will retire from one day international cricket after ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.
The Jamaican giant, on Wednesday, has surpassed Shahid Afridi to record most number of sixes by any batsman in international cricket. He achieved this feat while playing against England in the first One Day International at the Kensington Oval. West Indies are now batting in their innings.
The self proclaimed ‘Universe Boss’ now has 477 sixes beside his name which he achieved in his 444th match while former Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi smashed 476 sixes from 524 matches.
Counting the tally of sixes for Gayle, the 39 year old hammered 276 sixes in ODIs, 103 sixes in T20Is and 98 maximums in the elite format of the game.
Former Kiwi hard hitter Brendon McCullum is in the third position in the list with 398 hits of sixes, followed by Sanath Jayasuriya (352) and Rhot Sharma (349).
On his return to West Indies national team, Gayle has just slashed his 24th limited over hundred. At the Kensington Oval in Barbados, the 39 year old is entertaining a full house crowd; this is his last appearance in ODIs in front of the home crowd.
Gayle, earlier missed series against Bangladesh and India.
Gayle has exceeded the West Indian record for most number of ODI hundreds with his 24. He is also the country’s second leading run scorer in the 50 over format with 9,727 runs, trailing by Brian Lara who scored 10,405 runs.
Watch the video of Chris Gayle’s massive six here-
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