Christopher Henry Gayle, remember the name Ladies and Gentlemen.
The most destructive batsman on this planet, who recently declared himself the “Universe Boss”, made sure he wasn’t joking when he hit one out of the park to overtake Shahid Afridi’s longtime record of “Most International Sixes”.
Most International Sixes
Chris Gayle, now 39, made his debut way back in 1999 and he has been a demolition man right from the get-go. Despite having numerous accolades to his name, the one he was missing out on was the reason he got famous for, hitting sixes. After overtaking Sanath Jayasuriya, the only man standing in his way was the man himself, Boom Boom Afridi. Both men kept on pushing each other but Afridi always kept the lead. It was until after Afridi retired from International Cricket that Gayle had the chance to one-up Afridi for the first time.
Gayle equaled the record of most International Sixes (ODIs, T20Is and Tests) way back in 2018 when he hit Bangladesh for 5 sixes for a total of 476, equalling Afridi. Despite age catching up and him being in and out of the side, Gayle didn’t give up and it finally happened today. Up against England, Gayle hit one out of the park and broke the record, a feat he always wanted to accomplish, taking his tally to 477 and counting.
– Hit the first ever T20I century
– One of only 13 batsmen to score a ton in all three formats at international level
– One of only six batsmen to score a ODI double-ton
– One of only four batsmen to score two triple Test centuries
Chris Gayle – still making scores in 2019 🙌 pic.twitter.com/bYfoNTedJD
— bet365 (@bet365) February 20, 2019
Gayle is a Champion!
Despite the fact that Afridi (351) is head and shoulders above everyone when it comes to sixes in ODIs, Gayle makes up for the numbers. He has 275, now 276 and counting, sixes in ODIs, 103 in the T20Is (the first man to hit 100 sixes in T20Is) and 98 in Tests for a total of 477* sixes across all the formats. What makes this feat even better is the fact that he has played 81 matches less than Shahid Afridi.
Enjoy him while he lasts but this record is here to stay, for a long long time.
It has been slow going for him at Kensington Oval, but Chris Gayle finally breaks the shackles to break a tie with Shahid Afridi in the most-maximums chart 🙌
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) February 20, 2019
— ICC (@ICC) February 20, 2019
He still has the world cup 2019 to show more of his class, and do what he does best, hit sixes out of the ground.
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