One of the biggest hitters of the game – Chris Gayle became the first cricketer in the history of cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) to smash 300 sixes. In the match 9 of IPL 2019 between Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians, Gayle achieved the historic milestone as he deposited a Mitchell McClenaghan delivery out of the park in the third over of Punjab’s innings on Saturday. (LIVE UPDATES – MATCH 9 KXIP vs MI) Also Read - BCCI's Double Standards Exposed? Board Arranges Personal COVID19 Test For Virat Kohli And Co., Asks Women Players to Bring Their Own Reports
Already leading the charts by a massive margin, the 39-year old required just two more to touch the magnanimous 300-mark before the encounter versus Mumbai at the IS Bindra stadium in Mohali. Gayle achieved the landmark in his 114th IPL innings while facing the 2719th delivery. Also Read - David Warner's Manager Slams Cricket Australia Over Treatment of Players Involved in Sandpaper Gate, Calls Investigation 'A Joke'
In the list of biggest six-hitters in IPL, Gayle is head-and-shoulders above the rest in the table with AB de Villiers being the next best with 192 sixes in 143 games followed by MS Dhoni with 187 sixes. The burly Jamaican had amassed 4133 runs from 114 matches at an impressive average of close to 42 with six hundreds and 25 half-centuries against his name.
Chris Gayle’s journey to 300 IPL sixes
100: 37 innings (943 balls) in 2012
200: 69 innings (1811 balls) in 2015
300: 114 innings (2719 balls) in 2019
Right from the start of the 12th edition of IPL, Gayle has been in superb form with the bat. He is the sixth highest run-scorer this season after first two games with 99 runs under his belt. He scored 79 in the first match against Rajasthan Royals, a match in which he also won the man-of-the-match award. During that knock, Gayle had also broken David Warner’s record to become the fastest player to reach 4000 runs in IPL.
Warner, who plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad, reached the milestone in his 114th innings and became the first overseas player to get to 4000 IPL runs. Gayle stormed to 4000 runs in his 112th innings and 113th match.