Sixer machine Chris Gayle becomes first batsman to hit 500 sixes in International format


Sixer machine Chris Gayle becomes first batsman to hit 500 sixes in International format

Chris Gayle, otherwise known as the GayleStorm, is at the peak of his career at the age of 39. In another stunning performance since returning to ODI cricket, Chris Gayle broke a slew of records during West Indies’ fourth match against England on Wednesday, 27 February.

Gayle hit 14 sixes and 11 fours during his monstrous knock and that helped him become the first batsman ever to smash 500 or more sixes in international cricket. The maximums also helped Gayle take his tally of sixes past 300 mark ODIs, making him only the second cricketer to smash 300 or more sixes in the 50-overs format after Shahid Afridi, who leads the list with 351 sixes.

The big-hitting opener,  announced he will retire from ODI cricket after this summer’s World Cup. Gayle also breached 10,000-run mark in ODIs and become only the second West Indian after Brian Lara (10,405 runs) to achieve the milestone.

Gayle is the 14th batsman to cross the 10,000 ODI runs mark, and only the second from West Indies to do so after Brian Lara. Gayle achieve the feat after Sachin Tendulkar, Kumar Sangakkara, Ricky Ponting, Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Jayawardene, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Jacques Kallis, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli , MS Dhoni , Lara  and Tillakaratne Dilshan.

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