Chris Gayle completed his 300 One Day Internationals with the second game of the three-match ODI series against India. As the ‘Universal Boss’ warms up for the 301st, International Cricket Council has picked the five best knocks from his 300-ODI journey in West Indies’ maroon flannels.
The video and images are courtesy ICC.
Record Sixes in ICC World Cups
In his five appearances in the ICC World Cups between 2003 and 2019, Gayle has struck 49 sixes with the highest 26 coming in the 2015 edition. The video below shows each of the 49 hits going over the fence.
103 v India, Vidarbha Cricket Association, Nagpur, 9 November 2002
West Indies were chasing 280 against hosts India at Nagpur. Gayle stitched a 134-run stand for the second wicket with Marlon Samuels, occupying the crease till the 39th to score his second century in ODIs. His 116-ball stay was studded with eight fours and three sixes, as he ensured that his team remained ahead of the required rate. West Indies completed a comfortable seven-wicket win and took a 2-0 lead in the series.
132* v England, Lord’s, London, 6 July 2004
After Andrew Strauss and Andrew Flintoff centuries have propelled hosts England to 285/7 in 50 overs. Gayle in his 100th ODI game scored a patient 132* and nurtured the West Indies run-chase to knock hosts England out of the tri-nation series that also featured New Zealand. Gayle’s 165-ball stay at the crease remains his longest in terms of balls faced in ODI cricket.
133* v South Africa, Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur, 2 November 2006
It was 2006 ICC Champions Trophy semi-final in Jaipur. West Indies were chasing South Africa’s 258 for 8 and Gayle’s blistering innings of 133* helped West Indies qualify for their second straight final. Gayle playing his 150th ODI, stayed strong and fittingly hit the winning runs, giving his side a resounding six-wicket win with as many overs to spare. He also stitched a 154-run partnership with Shivnarine Chanderpaul in 26 overs.
215 v Zimbabwe, Manuka Oval, Canberra, 24 February 2015
The 15th match of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2015 saw numerous batting records tumble as Chris Gayle mauled the hapless Zimbabwe attack with a breezy 215 in Canberra. He smashed the first double-century in a World Cup and put on 372 runs for the second wicket with Marlon Samuels – a record partnership for any wicket in ODI history.
Gayle scored a stroke-filled 215 off 147 balls which included ten hits to the fence and 16 over it. His 16 sixes remained a joint record (alongside Rohit Sharma and AB de Villiers) for most sixes hit in an ODI innings, until Eoin Morgan bettered it against Afghanistan in the 2019 edition. Zimbabwe were eventually bundled out for 289 runs, handing West Indies a 73-run win by DLS method, after a rain interruption had revised the target to 363 from 48 overs.
162 v England, National Cricket Stadium, St George’s, Grenada, 27 February 2019
Replying England’s mammoth total of 418 for six, Gayle showed intent right from the word go, hitting five sixes off Chris Woakes alone in the mandatory 10-over Powerplay. He was joined by Darren Bravo in the sixth over, as the two put on 176 runs for the third wicket to keep England at bay.
However, lack of partnerships in the second half of the innings hurt West Indies and Gayle’s dismissal in the 35th over dented the chase as the tourists eventually fell short by 29 runs. Gayle’s 97-ball stay at the crease included 11 fours and 14 sixes.