Gayle scores 1,000 sixes in T20 cricket
Published: 11:37 AM, 31 October 2020 Updated: 04:37 PM, 31 October 2020
Chris Gayle wrote his name into the history books becoming the first batsman to score 1,000 sixes in T20 cricket. Photo: Collected
Chris Gayle wrote his name into the history books when he became the first batsman to score 1,000 sixes in T20 cricket.
The fearless, free-scoring batsman is also the only player to amass more than 13,000 T20 runs in little over 400 matches.
The 41-year-old West Indies batsman hit 99 off 63 balls with another eight sixes taking his overall Twenty20 total to 1,001 in Friday night's match between King’s XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“A thousand maximums - another record? Oh man,” Gayle told Star Sports. “I just have to give thanks for hitting it well at age 41. A lot of dedication and hard work has paid off over the years. Still here, still doing it, same way. Very grateful.”
T20 domination of Gayle is underlined by the fact that the next best six-hitting batsman is compatriot Kieron Pollard, who has cleared the boundary ropes 690 times in over 450 innings.
However, Gayle was bowled by Rajasthan Royals’ fast bowler Jofra Archer as he looked to complete his 23rd T20 century and lost his cool, throwing his bat away in disgust before regaining his composure and shaking Archer’s hand while walking off.
The IPL later said Gayle had been fined 10% of his match fee for breaching its code of conduct, a sanction he accepted. - AFP, Reuters