Just kidding. The only records Chris Gayle breaks while batting in T20 cricket are his own. He is the all-consuming occupant of his own stratospheric universe – one that lies far beyond the realms of regular human batting. For 7 years now, he has conquered domestic T20 competitions in countries across the globe like a laidback mercenary thirsting for the brutality and beauty of white balls against night skies. On a warm Wednesday night at the Wankhede in Mumbai – a stadium where he has played many IPL games, a home near his adopted home (Bangalore) – Gayle unleashed his force on an unsuspecting, spunky and overexcited young English team who were cocky about their T20 chances this year. Those who turned up at India’s most mismanaged stadium were, for once, the lucky ones. Their team wasn’t playing, but instead, they got to watch perhaps, the most exciting T20 international team in cricket exercise their short-form muscles over an upcoming squad of talented, scattered youngsters. Never underestimate a West Indian team at a T20 World Cup, even if they’re without their best bowler (Narine). The two old hands, Gayle and Samuels, reminded everyone why West Indies remain the favorites in their group to proceed to the semis.
Here are a bunch of numbers you need to know about Gayle, his form, and his “regular” century in Mumbai:
2: Number of T20I centuries scored by Gayle now, only the second batsman to do so after Brendon McCullum
2: Number of T20I centuries by Gayle in World Cups, the only player to do so (his first century was in 2007 in the first-ever T20 World Cup game against South Africa)
5: Number of IPL centuries scored by Gayle, all for RCB
14: Number of months since he last played a T20 match for West Indies (after winning in South Africa 2-0 in January, 2015)
267: Number of runs scored by Gayle in his last 3 T20I innings (not counting domestic onslaughts) at an average of 133.5
103: Number of runs scored by Gayle in his last 5 domestic innings, for Lahore Qalanders, including 2 golden ducks
175: His highest T20 score, for RCB against Pune Warriors, off 66 balls
30: Number of balls he took to reach 100 in that innings, still the fastest century in any format
98: Number of sixes by Gayle in 46 T20 internationals – the highest, trumping McCullum’s 91
11: Number of sixes by Gayle against England in the match, the highest ever in a T20I innings
17: Total number of T20 centuries he has scored over his career
10: Difference between his tally (17) and the next best McCullum (7)
1506: Number of T20I runs scored by Gayle, second only to McCullum’s 2140
8826: The number of career T20 runs scored by Gayle, the highest ever in the format so far. Brad Hodge is second with 6998.
After defeating England, Gayle will now face South Africa, Afghanistan (God save their souls) and a depleted Sri Lankan side. Second T20 World title, anyone?