Chris Gayle, the 41 yr old left handed batsman from Jamaica, is widely regarded as the, greatest T20 batsman of all times. His insane ability to hit sixes, with minimal effort makes him the most feared batsman of all. He is one of the few players, who has played in virtually every cricket league and every T20 team wants to have piece of him.
In international cricket, Gayle has made, 1796 runs at an average of 30.44, with a strike rate of 139.6. He has hit 117 sixes in 64 innings and is the quickest to hit 100 sixes in international T20. The left hander has also hit two centuries, the first of which came in inaugural match of 2007 T20 World Cup.
However, its his range in league cricket, that has truly made him the best in T20. Playing in every league around the world, Gayle has represented more than 20 teams in these tournaments. His stats in these matches are truly mind boggling!
. Gayle has played a total 431 games in T20.
. He has scored 14038 runs which is the highest amongst all.
. His 22 centuries places him at the top in T20 cricket. The next batsman is in with 8 centuries!
. Gayle has hit a record 1028 sixes in T20 cricket. He is the only batsman to hit 1000 sixes. The second on this list is Kieron pollard, his country man with 730 sixes!
Also, Gayle holds the record of highest individual score in T20 cricket, and the quickest 100. He hit a 30 ball hundred, and then, went on to score 175*, which is the quickest 100 and the highest individual score to date.
By the stats, it is clear that when it comes to T20 cricket, no one comes even close to Chris Gayle. There is a light year difference between him and others. No wonder fans call him as the “Don Bradman of T20 cricket.
The ‘Universe Boss’ as he loves to call himself achieved yet another milestone on Tuesday vs Australia in the 3rd T20. He completed 14000 runs in T20 cricket enroute his match winning innings of 67 in 38 balls. He showed his old explosive form and thrashed Aussies bowlers to every corner of the park.
Considering this is a World Cup year of T20, teams should better be prepared to counter Gayle – Force. Any mistake from bowling side means the match will be over very quickly.