West Indies swashbuckling player, Chris Gayle has entered the record books after becoming the first player to breach the 14,000 runs mark in T20 cricket. The player accomplished the feat during the third T20I of the five-match series against Australia at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, in which he smashed 67 off just 38 deliveries, studded with seven sixes and four boundaries to take the hosts to a thumping six-wicket victory.
He remains the highest run-scorer for West Indies in the T20 format of the game. Prior to the match, Gayle was at 13,971 runs in 430 T20 matches at an average of 37.55 runs. Furthermore, he has totalled his tally to 22 centuries and 86 half-centuries.
The other players in the top five list of the most runs in T20 cricket are Kieron Pollard (10836 runs), Shoaib Malik (10741 runs), David Warner (10017 runs), and Virat Kohli (9992 runs).
Starting the series on a disappointing note, Gayle had only registered scores of four and 13 in the first two matches of the T20I. However, his form took a 360-degree turn in the third game, in which he hit a brilliant 67 runs while chasing the target of 142 runs. It was in the 9th over of the innings when Gayle went past the 14000 runs in the T20 mark, hitting Adam Zampa’s delivery to a maximum.
He supported allowing stand-in captain Nicholas Pooran, who scored 32 runs off 27 deliveries to seal the victory with 31 balls remaining. West Indies bagged an unassailable 3-0 series lead with the win.
Chris Gayle thanks Kieron Pollard for his support
The 41-year old thanked Kieron Pollard, who is out of action due to injury, for motivating him by his pep talk prior to his stint in the game.
“It’s a great journey,” Gayle said at the post-match presentation. “I’m so happy and so pleased to get a series win first of all. I just want to commend the stand-in captain Nicholas Pooran for winning a fantastic series against a great team. To Kieron Pollard, he played a big part as well even though he played in none of these games. You all knew I was struggling with the bat and to be able to get some runs today was very pleasing.“
“I want to dedicate this half-century and milestone to West Indies, my teammates, especially Kieron Pollard. We had a team meeting before the game and…he let me know where I stand within this team and he wanted me to go and express myself. So I’m very grateful for that pep talk because sometimes it doesn’t matter how great you are, you need a bit of a talk sometimes.”