The exploits of West Indies batsman Chris Gayle in international cricket might seem small due to his dominance in the shortest format of the game in various overseas T20 league.
Cricket news: He has now got the chance to break the record soon enough
However he still has some international records mainly for hitting sixes as he is known for his big hitting and clearing the boundary with ease.
Gayle has played in just 104 matches in all formats for his country in the last seven years and hasn’t been a regular part of the squad since the completion of 2011 World Cup.
During this period he has smashed 198 sixes in a span of 111 innings. From his debut in 1999 to 2011, he had hit 278 sixes from 412 innings he has played in 339 international games.
This sums up to a total of 476 international sixes, which equals the record of Pakistani batsman Shahid Afridi of most number of sixes by a player in international cricket.
Gayle’s international career is not going on a regular basis as he played just six games during the period of April 2015 and June 2017, and that too in 2016 WT20.
But recently he returned to his country’s colours and hit five sixes in his 66-ball 73 in the final ODI game against Bangladesh, yet could not win the match as his team lost the game by 18 runs and also lost yet another ODI series.
Gayle can break Afridi’s record as soon as on August 1 as he is a part of the 3-match T20I series against Bangladesh.
Other players who are still actively playing cricket and has a chance to reach the 500 sixes milestone are Rohit Sharma and Martin Guptill.
Among both the players, Rohit has a genuine chance as out of his 291 sixes, he has hit 248 of them in the last five years since 2013, in just 188 innings across 171 matches.