This week Chris Gayle became the first batsman in the world to score 10,000 runs in T20s. Here are some other interesting statistics that shows his domination of the shorter format of the game
- While the fact that Chris Gayle completed 10,000 runs in T20s is itself astonishing (the second highest run getter Brendon McCullum is way behind at 7596), how he got there is even more impressive. 7478 of his runs have come from hits to the boundary, that is 74.8% of his runs. And he continues to hold the world record for both the highest score (175) and the highest number of T20 hundreds - 18.
- He averages 40.62 in T20s, and is the only cricketer besides Virat Kohli (41.40) to have an average above 40. The next highest is Shohaib Malik at 37.34 runs.
- It is not surprising that before the start of the current season he had the highest strike rate among players currently playing IPL who have scored a minimum of 2000 runs in the tournament, and the only one with a strike rate above 150. He had a SR of 153.28, followed by team mate AB de Villiers at 149.33, and fellow countryman Keiron Pollard at 147.99.
- In 2007, in the first match of the World Twenty20 against a determined South African attack, he became the first player to hit a century in an official Twenty20 International when he scored 117. He also scored the most sixes in one innings of Twenty20 on that day with 10 hits over the boundary. In doing so he also became the first cricketer to score centuries in all three formats of the game - Test, ODI and T20.
- In the 2013 season when he scored his world record breaking 175 against Pune Warriors, he helped break at least three other T20 world records - fastest hundred in T20s (in 30 balls), most sixes in an innings (17) and the highest team score (263 for 5).
- Soon after he scored his record breaking 175, fellow West Indian Wavell Hinds tweeted, “I am not surprised by Chris Gayle’s 175. I saw him score 196 in a Jamaica T20 trial match. He got out in the 15th over. He faced 68 balls, and the bowlers included Jerome Taylor, Marlon Samuels and Nikita Miller."
- In 2011, batting for RCB against Kochi Tuskers, he scored 37 runs in over off unlucky medium pacer Prasanth Parameswaran. His scoring pattern was 6,6,4,4,6,6,4. The third ball was a no ball, so he ended up scoring off all seven balls.
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