Chris Gayle Becomes First Batsman to Smash 600 Sixes in Twenty20s
Chris Gayle smashed two massive sixes against Brisbane Heat in a Big Bash League Twenty20 game to become the first player to hit 600 sixes in the shortest format of the game on Saturday.
Chris Gayle on Saturday achieved a rare feat of becoming the first player to hit 600 sixes and 600 fours in Twenty20 cricket.
Playing for Melbourne Renegades, Gayle hit two humongous in a Big Bash League Twenty20 match against Brisbane Heat to achieve the landmark. (Also Read: Gayle Hopes to Make Test Return Next Year)
The left-handed Gayle, in his knock, also hit a couple of fours to take his tally of fours to 653, but is behind Australia's T20 star Brad Hodge, who leads the way with 664 fours to his name. New Zealand's Brendon McCullum is the third in the list with 605 fours.
Gayle is way ahead in terms of six hitting record with the next best being that of fellow West Indian all-rounder Kieron Pollard, who has hit 388 sixes. McCullum is on the third spot with 290 hits over the fence.
The 36-year-old West Indian, who is the most sought after T20 player in the world, has a number of records to his name:
# Gayle holds the record for the fastest hundred in T20s. Gayle smashed his way into the record books with a 30-ball blitzkrieg for Royal Challengers Bangalore, which decimated the now-defunct Sahara Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League in 2013.
# Gayle remained unbeaten on 175 during that innings, which also happens to be the highest individual score in the shortest format of the game. In his 66-ball knock, he smashed 13 fours and 17 sixes.
# Gayle is also the highest run-getter in T20s with 8363 runs at 44.24. Hodge is behind him with 6717 runs.
# The Jamaican also holds the record for most centuries - 16 - and most half-centuries (53).
(Stats Courtesy: HR Gopala Krishna)