Chris Gayle broke the record for most sixes hit in the history of the World Cup in his innings for West Indies in their first match of the tournament against Pakistan at Trent Bridge on Friday. He scored a quickfire half-century as West Indies defeated Pakistan by seven wickets in their opening match of the ICC World Cup 2019.
Chris Gayle smashed Hasan Ali for two consecutive sixes in just the fourth over of the West Indies innings against Pakistan.
Before this match, the record for most sixes in World Cups was a tie between Gayle and AB de Villiers, who has 37 World Cup sixes to his name. De Villiers, however, had batted in fewer innings (22) than Gayle (26).
Gayle, with 40 sixes, now has the record for the most World Cup sixes. AB de Villiers, with 37 sixes, is second. In third place is Ricky Ponting, with 31 sixes. Brendon McCullum (29 sixes) is fourth and Herschelle Gibbs (28 sixes) is fifth. Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya (both 27 sixes) are tied at sixth. Sourav Ganguly (25 sixes) is in eighth place, Matthew Hayden (23 sixes) is ninth and Vivian Richards (22 sixes) is tenth.
Chris Gayle’s batting average in 2019 is 94.8. He averaged 52.66 in ODI cricket across 2008. Chris Gayle also completed 19,000 runs in international cricket. He became the third Windies player to do so, after Brian Lara and Shivnarine Chanderpaul.