One of the most decorated athletes in T20 history, Chris Gayle has had his fair share of moments in the glory. Ruling the format for well over a decade and a half, the “Universe Boss” is a bonafide legend. Coming from humble beginnings, Chris Gayle has become a household name over the years. They say the numbers don’t lie well; Gayle’s numbers speak for himself. In the 446 T20 matches he has played, Gayle has amassed 14,261 runs at an average of 36.94, and a whopping strike rate of 145.87. This article is an homage to one of the most loved and celebrated athletes in world cricket. That being said, here is a list of the top three knocks by Chris Gayle in T20s.
Top Three Best Knocks by Chris Gayle in T20s
3. 151* vs Kent, 2015
A seasoned veteran of the format, the Universe Boss has proved his mantle over the globe. One of his most infamous innings came against Kent in England’s T20 Vitality Blast back in 2015. Playing against Kent, Somerset was at the brink of collapse, struggling at 24/2 while chasing 228 runs. Enter: Chris Gayle. Saving his team from a fiasco, Gayle went full beast mode smashing as many as 15 ruthless sixes. While facing 62 deliveries, the West Indian batter hammered 151* runs. Annihilating anyone and everyone coming his way, the Universe Boss was a one-man wrecking crew. Despite the exploits by Gayle, Somerset could manage only 224 runs and they lost the game by just four runs.
2. 117* vs South Africa, 2007
This list wouldn’t really be complete without mentioning Gayle’s one of many splendid knocks in International Cricket. Gayle had a memorable start to his campaign in the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup in 2007. West Indies were up against South Africa in their first match. Batting first, Gayle smashed ten sixes and seven boundaries to reach a mammoth individual score of 117 in 57 balls. The Universe Boss showed no remorse to the Protean bowlers in any capacity. However, after Gayle’s dismissal, there was a collapse of the Indies’ batting line-up as they ended up with just 205 runs. South Africa convincingly chased the total to start their T20 World Cup campaign on a winning note.
1. 175* vs Pune Warriors India, 2013
Chris Gayle made a mockery of the opposition as he scored a 66-ball 175*. Going hell for leather since ball one, Gayle’s innings was studded with 13 fours and 17 maximums. That’s about 102 runs coming just from sixes! The Pune Warriors seemed to have no answers for Gayle’s ongoing barbaric onslaughter. Above all, he played for the entire 20 overs to help the Bangalore outfit post a mammoth score of 263 runs on the scoreboard. Innumerable records were broken that night as Gayle’s chaotic masterpiece continues to live in infamy to this very day.