VIDEO: Fuelled by eggs 'n' pancakes, Gayle smashes fastest ton EVER… in just 30 balls!
Andrew Magee and Sunni Upal
12:05 GMT, 23 April 2013
18:49 GMT, 23 April 2013
Chris Gayle smashed his way into the record books on Tuesday as he hit the fastest-ever century in professional cricket.
The West Indian opener reached triple figures after just 30 balls and clubbed a brutal 175 not out, including 13 fours and 17 sixes, for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL — which is a new T20 record.
Gayle also propelled Bangalore to the highest-ever T20 score of 263 as they crushed the Pune Warriors by 130 runs. Gayle alone scored 42 more runs than the entire opposition.
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World record: Gayle (right) took just 30 balls to reach his hundred
Centre stage: Gayle hit 11 sixes on his way to his hundred
GAYLE IN NUMBERS
175* Gayle's innings for the Royal Challengers Bangalore is the new record individual score in T20 cricket.
30 Number of balls Gayle took to reach 100 — the fastest-ever century in cricket history.
17 Sixes hit by Gayle in his innings — a new T20 record. The West Indian also smashed 13 fours, just for good measure.
263 The total reached by Bangalore after 20 overs — another T20 record for most runs in an innings.
42 The runs by which Gayle outscored the opposition, the Pune Warriors.
The Jamaican has earned a reputation
as one of the most destructive players in the star-studded tournament
and he showed why with a sublime powerful hitting display on Tuesday.
Gayle said: 'I'm lost for words. It
was just one of those days when I was hitting it really well and the
ball was coming out of the middle of the bat.
'We got a pretty good total
and I'm really happy with the performance.
‘All I had for breakfast this morning was a plain omelette, two pancakes and a hot chocolate.’
India captain MS Dhoni tweeted: ‘Life
is all about taking the right decision. Seeing Gayle bat today, I think I
took the right decision being a wicketkeeper.’
Andrew Symonds previously held the
record for the fastest-ever century after hitting a 34-ball ton in an
English domestic match between Kent and Middlesex in 2004.
Previous best: Andrew Symonds took just 34 balls to score a hundred against Middlesex in 2004
Gayle’s 17 sixes was also a new record, beating the 16 hit by Graham Napier for Essex against Sussex in 2008.
A boundary at the start of the 18th
over on Tuesday took Gayle onto 160, ahead of the previous highest T20
score of 158 set by Brendon McCullum in the first ever IPL match in
As if all those runs weren’t enough,
Gayle also chipped in with two late wickets. If only there was an
outstanding candidate for the man of the match award…
Gayle force: The West Indian is widely regarded as the best T20 batsman in the world
VIDEO: Watch Chris Gayle's record innings