Gayle dismantles de Villiers’ record in World Cup
Windies left-handed opening batsman Chris Gayle broke the record of former South African player Ab de Villiers for most no.of sixes in the ICC Cricket World Cup history.
After winning the toss, Windies asked the oppositions to bat first and rattled them out for only 105 runs with the fiery spells from Caribbean fast bowlers. In reply, Windies comfortably chased down the total for the loss of three wickets and started their tournament on a high note.
Chris Gayle was the top scorer for Windies in the easy chase, scoring 50 runs from 34 balls. In this knock, the left-handed opening batsman overtook the former South African player AB de Villiers for the record of most no.of sixes in the history of the ICC Cricket World Cup.
Gayle took on Hasan Ali in the fourth over and smashed two back-to-back sixes which helped him to surpass the previous record of 36 sixes by AB de Villiers who hit 36 in the World Cup history.
Only three players have hit 30 or more sixes at the biggest stage of international cricket, with former Australian captain Ricky Ponting rounding out the top three.
Also with his fifty in the campaign opener against Pakistan, Chris Gayle recorded his 6th consecutive fifty in the ODI format. The swashbuckling opener, who has broken numerous records in his illustrious career, has now become a World Cup legend as well.