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23rd Apr 2013

Video: Chris Gayle blasts his way to fastest ever 100 in cricket

Thirty balls bowled; 100 runs scored. West Indies star Chris Gayle has just become the fastest run scorer in cricket history.

JOE

Thirty balls bowled; 100 runs scored. West Indies star Chris Gayle has just become the fastest run scorer in cricket history.

While we are all tied up in Luis Suarez stuff the Indian Premier League is providing some absorbing action on the other side of the world.

Today the Royal Challengers Bangalore were playing the Pune Warriors in Bangalore and lining out for the home side was West Indies legend Chris Gayle. The big fella is as no nonsense a batsman as you’ll ever see, with a ‘have a lash first, ask questions later’ attitude.

It has led to him racking up some big scores in all formats of the game but he broke new ground in the IPL today. Off just 30 balls he reached 100, the fastest anyone has ever reached three figures. Seven dot balls, four singles, eight fours and 11 sixes was how he did it and he wasn’t done there either.

Gayle went on to score 175 off 66 balls, the highest ever score in Twenty20 cricket. Inspired by Gayle’s knock, the Royal Challengers racked up 263 for five, also the highest ever team score in Twenty20.

We’d like to see him get a run out as a full-forward in hurling. We reckon he could be a handful.

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