July 30, 2018
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‘The Universe Boss’ equals Afridi’s record

By Abhishek Shankar

The great Chris Gayle made a new record as a massive hitter. The West Indies batsman equalled Shahid Afridi’s history of the most number of sixes in international cricket during the third and closing ODI from Bangladesh.


Bangladesh’s opening batsman Tamim Iqbal scored his 11th ODI hundred and hence made the squad reach a score of 301runs at the loss of 6 wickets in the decider 3rd ODI towards West Indies on Saturday prior to the hosts fell short by 18 operates in the close.

Gayle’s 73 runs off 66 balls comprised of 5 sixes in the match. As a result, he equalled Afridi’s record of 476 sixes in international cricket. He is now just one six apart from breaking the all-time record of the most sixes in international cricket. Gayle might leave Afridi behind during the first T20I versus Bangladesh on August 1. He can also become the only batsman to achieve the magical numbers of 500 sixes across formats if he continues to dominate the bowlers in his usual fashion.


Even though Gayle has played 81 matches less than Afridi, he has played 5 far more innings on his way to the milestone. Afridi has scored 351 sixes in ODIs, 73 sixes in T20Is and 52 in checks. Gayle, on the other hand, has scored 275 sixes in ODIs, 103 sixes in T20Is and 98 maximums in taking a look at matches.

West Indies were off to a shaky start with Evin Lewis departing cheaply. Gayle then combined with Shai Hope to post a 52 runs stand for the second wicket. Rovman Powell struck a 41-ball 74 but his effort could only see West Indies reach 283 runs at the end of the 50 overs.

MS Dhoni is on the 5th position in the record with 342 sixes, Rohit Sharma has 291 sixes so far.

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Abhishek Shankar

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