Chris Gayle smashed several records for six during his innings against Zimbabwe in Canberra as he hit an astonishing 215 from 147.
The West Indies star’s historic innings saw him score the highest amount of runs by any batsman in cricket World Cup history. South African Gary Kirsten, who scored an unbeaten 188 against the United Arab Emirates in 1996, held the previous record. Not only that, but it also the third-highest score by any batsman in ODI history.
After a disappointing innings against Ireland in their first match Pool B, where Gayle only scored 36 off 65, which was the slowest innings he has ever played against non-Test playing nation he showed everyone at the tournament how good he is.
Facing 147 balls in total, it only actually took Gayle 138 of them to reach the milestone which, is also the quickest by any batsmen, breaking Virender Sehwag’s record of 140 balls. It was also exactly five years after the legendary Sachin Tendulkar got his double-century in 147 balls. Some impressive numbers from Gayle.
It wasn't just the fact he reached 215, but it was the way in which he got there that made it such a spectacular innings. He smashed a massive 16 sixes, the joint-most by any batsman in an ODI innings along with AB de Villiers and Rohit Sharma.
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Rohit is responsible for two of the top five scores in a one-day innings, with his record score being 264, Gayle’s 215 put’s him third on the all-time records. It makes Gayle one of only four men to record a double-hundred score.
His score comes after a long period since he last scored an ODI century. Gayle has played 19 innings since his last century against Sri Lanka in June 2013, and only managed to record one score above 50 in that time. So you could argue that it has been coming for the big man.
He has now asserted himself as one of the great West Indies batsmen by scoring his 22nd ODI hundred, the most of any West Indian, and scoring 9136 ODI runs, making the second-highest scorer for the West Indies, trailing only Brian Lara.
However, Gayle’s innings could have been over before it even began when the first ball he faced hit him on the front leg in front of his stumps, a review showed that the ball would have hit the bails, but the umpire’s decision stood and Gayle went on to play an unbelievable innings.
The batsmen was finally dismissed from the final ball of the innings. Gayle wasn't the only one to impress as his partner at the crease, Marlon Samuela hit an impressive 133 from 156 balls. Gayle and Samuels' 372 run stand, is the highest ever for the West Indies in an ODI and also the fifth-highest score by any team at a World Cup.
Gayle and Samuels set a mammoth task for Zimbabwe to overcome in their innings, can they do it?