Veteran West Indian batsman, Chris Gayle, became the first player in the world to score 14,000 runs in T20 cricket. Gayle achieved the monumental feat in the third T20I between West Indies and Australia played earlier today.
Gayle was named as player of the match as he helped West Indies beat Australia by chasing down a target 142. Gayle scored 67 off 38 balls, including 7 huge sixes and West Indies registered a whitewash in the T20I series against the visitors.
The Universe Boss is the highest scorer in T20 format, having scored 14,038 runs in his career. He has almost 4,000 runs more than the second-highest run-scorer, Kieron Pollard. Gayle reached the landmark in 431 T20 matches, at an average of 37.63 and a magnificent strike-rate of 146.1. Pollard is followed by veteran Pakistani all-rounder, Shoaib Malik, who has amassed 10,741 runs in 425 matches. He is the only batsman on the list with no centuries to his name.
The 41-year old is certainly the best T20 batsman ever since the inception of the format in 2003. He has scored 22 centuries, the most number of T20 centuries in the history of the format. The next batsmen with the most number of centuries are David Warner, Aaron Finch, and Michael Klinger with 8 centuries each.
Having made his T20 debut in 2005, Gayle has gone on to represent a number of teams in various T20 leagues around the world. He has taken part in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Indian Premier League (IPL), Caribbean Premier League (CPL), Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), Big Bash League (BBL), T20 Blast in England and the Mzansi Super League in South Africa.
Let’s have a look at the five highest run-scorers in T20 history: