Widely hailed as one of the most explosive batsmen to ever play the game – Chris Gayle belligerent hitting has been well documented since the time he made his debut in West Indies outfit. During the third and final ODI against Bangladesh, Gayle equalled former Pakistan’s skipper Shahid Afridi’s record of most number of sixes in the history of international cricket.
The 38-year old now has 476 maximums against his name, hit across all three formats of the game. He is now just one hit away from claiming the top spot and the all-time record of most sixes in international cricket. Gayle has a great chance to go past Afridi during the first T20I against Bangladesh on August 1.
What makes Gayle’s achievement more special is the fact that he has featured in only 104 matches across all formats in the last seven years for his country and smashed 198 maximums in this span in only 111 innings.
The Universe Boss has struck 98 maximums in cricket’s most traditional format, whereas he has cleared the ropes on 275 times in the 50-overs format. Meanwhile, the Jamaican marauder remains at his audacious best in the shorter version where he has clobbered 103 maximums.
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In the series decider at Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts, Gayle smashed five monstrous sixes during his blistering knock of 73 runs off just 66 balls. However, his knock went in vain as the hosts lost the match by 18 runs. With this, Bangladesh completed the victory in three-match series by 2-1.
Earlier, Bangladesh’s opening batsman Tamim Iqbal scored his 11th ODI hundred and helped his side to score a formidable 301 for 6 in the third ODI against West Indies.
Former Indian skipper MS Dhoni remains the only active player in the top five six-hitters in international cricket with 342 sixes, while Rohit Sharma is seventh in the list with 298 sixes against his name.