Jamaican batsman Chris Gayle continue his T20 world dominance, becoming the first player ever to hit 600 sixes and 600 fours in T20 cricket.
The “Gayle Force” finally reached the historic landmark when he hit 2 sixes and a couple of fours for the Melbourne Renegades in their game against Brisbane Heat in Australia’s big Bash League this past weekend. The game also saw the premiere of Gayle’s new distractive gold-hued bat, made by Indian manufactures, Spartan. Gayle also became the first player in the world to use the new bat.
The left-handed Gayle 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. But for sixes, Gayle’s batting record puts him way ahead of the T20 batting pack, with only West Indian all-rounder Kieron Pollard following behind at 388 sixes. Gayle also currently holds the record for most T20 centuries at 16, and most T20 half-centuries at 53.
The new record closes a stellar year for Gayle, who also scored the first ever ICC Cricket World Cup double century, in the West Indies’ game against Zimbabwe.