The ‘Universe Boss’ has achieved one more remarkable feat in his illustrious career. On Tuesday, Chris Gayle becomes the first-ever cricketer to reach 14,000 runs in T20 Cricket. He achieved the milestone during the third T20I against Australia in St Lucia.
Gayle showed his might with the bat by smashing six consecutive six to bring up his first half-century since 2016. He produced a thunderous knock of 67 runs off 38 balls to help West Indies beat Australia by six wickets. With this stunning victory, West Indies took an unassailable lead of 3-0 in the ongoing five-match T20I series.
This was Australia’s consecutive fourth series loss in the T20I cricket. The ICC also applauded Gayle for his celebrated feat by sharing an infographic of the batsman on Instagram.
“Going where no one has gone before! Chris Gayle is the first player to pass 14,000 runs in T20 cricket,” ICC captioned the post on Instagram.
ICC also posted a photo of Gayle on its Twitter handle to mark his achievement. The moment ICC shared the photo on Twitter, the comments section was flooded with appreciation.
West Indies Cricket also congratulated Chris Gayle for registering 14,000 runs by sharing a post on its Official Twitter handle
Chris Gayle didn’t have a good outing in the previous two T20Is against Australia where he could score 7 & 13 runs only. As criticism started growing regarding Gayle’s form, the ‘Universe Boss’ showed why he still remains one of the best cricketers in T20 cricket.
Chris Gayle reaches the milestone of 14,000 runs on the first ball of the 9th over by hitting a six-off Adam Zampa’s delivery. There was no stopping for Gayle who went on to score his half-century & celebrated the remarkable feat of his cricketing career in style. He smashed 22 runs off Adam Zampa’s over. However, Gayle was removed by paceman Riley Meredith when he was on the 67th run.
The 4th T20I between the West Indies and Australia is slated to take place on Thursday at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia.
Let’s have a look at the top 5 highest run scorers in T20Is:
|Chris Gayle (West Indies)||14,000|
|Kieron Pollard (West Indies)||10,836|
|Shoaib Malik (Pakistan)||10,741|
|DA Warner (Australia)||10,017|
|Virat Kohli (India)||9992|
Records Chris Gayle made during his Illustrious Career
- Chris Gayle before heading into the 3rd T20I had scored 13,971 runs in 430 T20I matches at an average of 37.55 runs.
- Chris Gayle has registered a total of 22 centuries & 86 half centuries till date.
- In T20I format of cricket, Gayle has over 1,000 fours as well as over a thousand of sixes under his belt.
- In T20 format Gayle’s highest score in an unbeaten 175 runs against IPL’s franchise the Pune Warriors India in the 2013 season when he was playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
- Chris Gayle is the top scoring batsman for West Indies in T20 cricket.