West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle becomes the first-ever batsman in the world to score 14,000 runs in T20 format.
Chris Gayle scored 14,000 T20 runs
The 41-year-old Windies player achieved this feat during the 3rd T20I match against Australia at the Daren Sammy Stadium in St Lucia. Where Chris Gayle smashed 67 off only 38 balls to take his team to the target and a 3-0 lead in the 5 match series.
Gayle hit seven sixes and four boundaries and finished with 67 off 38 balls at Gros Islet. This was Gayle’s first T20I fifty since 2016 and it was a record-breaking one.
The first player in history to get to 1️⃣4️⃣0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ T20 runs! 🙀
— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) July 13, 2021
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Gayle thanked Pollard
Chris Gayle has thanked injured West Indies captain Kieron Pollard for a pre-match “pep talk” after he achieved the feat of 14,000 T20 runs.
“It’s a great journey,” he said at the presentation. “I’m so happy and so pleased to get a series win first of all. I just want to commend the stand-in captain Nicholas Pooran for winning a fantastic series against a great team. To Kieron Pollard, he played a big part as well even though he played in none of these games. You all knew I was struggling with the bat and to be able to get some runs today was very pleasing”.
“I want to dedicate this half-century and milestone to West Indies, my teammates, especially Kieron Pollard. We had a team meeting before the game and…he let me know where I stand within this team and he wanted me to go and express myself. So I’m very grateful for that pep talk because sometimes it doesn’t matter how great you are, you need a bit of a talk sometimes”.
“I have to commend those senior guys, they played a fantastic part with what happened today. With this strength and unity, we’re playing some great all-round cricket and I’m really pleased to win this series.”
Chris Gayle Stats
Gayle currently has 14038 runs in 431 T20 matches. The next best in the list of most runs in T20s is Kieron Pollard, who has 10836 runs in 545 matches.
He has now scored a total of 22 hundred and 86 half-centuries. Gayle has over 1,000 fours to his name in T20 cricket as well as over a thousand sixes.
The 41-year-old’s highest score in the format is an unbeaten 175 against the now-defunct Indian Premier League franchise Pune Warriors India in the 2013 season when he was playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore.