Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Chris Gayle Scores Fastest Century in Cricket History

West Indies' flamboyant batsman opener Chris Gayle slammed the fastest century in cricket history, reaching the triple digit mark in just 30 balls during the Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Pune Warriors IPL T20 match on Tuesday, then went on to make the highest score ever seen in Twenty20, ending unbeaten with 175 off 66 balls.

The West Indian battered the Pune Warriors bowling attack with a century that included just seven dot balls, four singles, eight fours and 11 sixes, during the process, to send the crowd at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore in delirium. By the end of his innings he had amassed 17 sixes and 13 fours as Royal Challengers Bangalore recorded a total of 263 for five, the highest innings total in a Twenty20 match.

Gayle has been having a hit-and-miss IPL in 2013 thus far, with low scores coupled with an 85 off 50 balls and a 92 off 58. But his assault on the Pune bowling attack on Tuesday was in a different category all together. This was Gayle's second ton in his IPL career.

Pakistan's Shahid Afridi holds the record of fastest century in ODI (37 balls) while, Gayle's fellow man Viv Richards is credited for scoring fastest ton (56 balls) in Test history. South African Richard Richard Levi holds the record for fastest international T20 hundred. Levi had slammed 45-ball century against New Zealand in 2011 at Hamilton. Gayle had, earlier, also scored record 50-ball 100 in T20I before Richard Levi surpassed his feat. Gayle also beat the previous 34-ball ton Twenty20 league record set by Australia's Andrew Symonds.

By the end of the innings, it was hard not to feel sympathy for the bowlers. "Life is all about taking the right decision," tweeted the India captain MS Dhoni, "seeing Gayle bat today I think I took the right decision of being a wicket keeper. Though, the milestone came in an IPL clash, and not in any international tie, Gayle's fireworks will be remembered by cricket buffs for long.

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