Bangalore: Record breaking West Indian opener Chris Gayle on Wednesday became the first ever cricketer to hit 500 sixes in Twenty20 cricket.
Playing in his 201st T20 game, Gayle achieved the feat by hitting New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee for a six in a crunch Indian Premier League (IPL) game between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals in Bangalore. However, he was dismissed off the next ball, trying to hit another six, and ended up offering a catch at midwicket.
In this edition of world’s premier T20 league alone, Gayle has already hit 14 sixes in six matches. Next player in the list is his Carribean team-mate Kieron Pollard with 348 sixes. Pollard is currently playing for Mumbai Indians.
The 35-year-old RCB batsman on May 13 became the first batsman to hit 200 IPL sixes, a feat he achieved against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Besides his T20 exploits, Gayle also holds the record of scoring fastest double century in ODIs. During a Pool match in the recently concluded World Cup, he toyed with Zimbabwean bowling attack to record the fastest 200 off mere 138 balls.