Chris Gayle slams 18 sixes for his 20th Twenty20 ton, first to go past 11,000 runs
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Chris Gayle slams 18 sixes for his 20th Twenty20 ton, first to go past 11,000 runs

Chris Gayle made history in the Bangladesh Premier League as the Rangpur Riders player blasted a world record 18 sixes and notched up his 20th century to put his team within reach of the 2017 Bangladesh Premier League title against Dhaka Dynamites.

cricket Updated: Dec 13, 2017 08:44 IST
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Chris Gayle‬,‪Bangladesh Premier League‬,‪Twenty20‬
Chris Gayle became the first batsman in Twenty20 history to smash 20 centuries in the shortest format as the left-hander also went past 11000 runs. (REUTERS)

Chris Gayle is known as the Universe Boss in Twenty20 cricket. His hitting prowess and the statistics he has amassed in the format are mind-numbing. During the Bangladesh Premier League final, the dashing Jamaican left-hander continued to break world records.

Playing for Rangpur Riders in the final against Dhaka Dynamites, Gayle blasted a 69-ball, unbeaten 146 as his side notched up 206/1. His knock included five fours and a world record 18 sixes. He shared a partnership of 201 with ex-Kiwi skipper Brendon McCullum, who smashed 51 off 43 balls.

Gayle started off in trademark style by whacking three fours before launching left-arm orthodox spinner Mossaddek Hossain for three sixes in the sixth over. The dashing left-hander notched up his fifty off 33 balls by hammering Khaled Ahmed for two fours and a six.

After reaching fifty, Gayle’s savage hitting went up another notch. He launched Shahid Afridi for three sixes and Abu Hider for two more sixes but Dhaka Dynamites were hurt immensely in the last three overs as Gayle pillaged seven sixes and one four to race to 146. His knock helped Rangpur Riders clinch the 2017 Bangladesh Premier League title.

Record-breaking machine

Gayle’s century was his 20th in Twenty20 format and his fifth overall in the Bangladesh Premier League. Following his knock of 146, the Jamaican superstar has also made history.

His unbeaten 146 helped him become the first batsman in T20 history to aggregate 11,000 runs. Gayle also became the only batsman to hit 20 Twenty20 centuries. His tally of 18 sixes in a Twenty20 innings is a world record, breaking his own mark of 17, which he smashed in his unbeaten 175 for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Sahara Pune Warriors in the 2013 Indian Premier League.

In the 2017 Bangladesh Premier League, he has hit 47 sixes in 11 games. His 18 sixes have taken his Twenty20 tally of sixes to 819, the most in history. When it comes to Twenty20, Gayle indeed is supreme.

Numbers game

11056 - Number of runs by Chris Gayle in Twenty20s. He is the first batsman to go past 11000 in this format

18 - Most number of sixes hit by Gayle in an innings, breakings his own record of 17 hit in his knock of 175 in IPL 2013

20 - Number of centuries hit by Gayle in T20s, the first batsman to achieve this feat

47 - Number of sixes hit by Gayle in 2017 Bangladesh Premier League, the most

5 - Number of centuries for Gayle in the Bangladesh Premier League

819 - Number of sixes hit by Gayle in Twenty20s, the most ever by a batsman in this format.

First Published: Dec 12, 2017 20:45 IST