Gayle gets to 900 T20 sixes

By Sports Desk January 24, 2019
Chris Gayle Chris Gayle

Despite being in the twilight of his career Windies star batsman Chris Gayle continues to make records tumble after becoming the first player to score 900 sixes in T20 cricket.

After a slow start to the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) season, Gayle sprang to life against the Khulna Titans getting his first half-century of the season with 55 off 40 goals. 

The stand was crucial in helping the team register a six-wicket win but he also became the first batsman ever in the history of the format to smash 900 sixes.

Overall so far, Gayle has scored 12,189 runs in the format out of which 5,400 were contributed just by the sixes which is quite marvellous.

Another 3720 runs came in fours as he smashed 930 of them thus far. This essentially means that he scored nearly 75 per cent of his runs in just boundaries.

The player currently enjoys a huge lead as far as the clearing the boundary rope is concerned with the next closest player being Kieron Pollard who has scored a total of 557.  Brendon McCullum, who played 365 T20s in his career has hit the ball out of the park 484 times.

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