It was all Chris Gayle as the Caribbean juggernaut became the first man in the World Cup to reach a double century. Gayle’s 215 off 147 set up Windies for a 73-run victory over Zimbabwe in their third Group B match. On his way to blast a mammoth individual score, Gayle and West Indies shattered several records. Let’s have a look at them:
* Gayle slams World Cup history’s highest individual score record leaving behind Gary Kirsten’s 188 made in Rawalpindi against UAE during the 1996 World Cup.
* Becomes the first West Indian to slam a double hundred and first non-Indian batsman. Rohit Sharma, Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar had ODI double hundreds.
* Becomes the highest individual scorer for West Indies in ODIs. Sir Vivian Richards had 189 (against England in 1984) as the best score from a West Indies batsman in ODI history.
* Reaches 9000 runs in ODI cricket to become the second best West Indies batsman in terms of accumulating highest runs in 50-over international.
* Gayle’s double century came from 138 balls, fastest double century in the earth.
*Gayle joined Shahid Afridi as the only men to hit 400 sixes in all international cricket.
* Gayle’s 16 sixes equalled the ODI record with Rohit Sharma and AB de Villiers. However it set a new World Cup record, beating David Miller’s 9-six effort earlier in this tournament.
* Gayle became the only batsman to score a century in Twenty20 Internationals, double century in ODIs and triple century in Tests.
* Gayle and Samules partnership of 372 breaks the previous best ODI partnership of 331 between India’s Sachin Tenulkar and Rahul Dravid which they did against New Zealand.
* Samuels and Gayle notch-up biggest partnership for any wicket in one-day cricket.
* The 298-ball partnership between Gayle and Samuels is now an ODI record for highest number of balls faced by a pair.