West Indian batsman Chris Gayle is a custodian of numerous T20 records and is a veteran of 404 matches, debuting in 2005. One such record he holds and which might go unbreakable is his score of unbeaten 175 that he hammered in the 2013 IPL against the Pune Warriors for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. In the process, he broke the record of 158 hit by Brendon McCullum in the same tournament.
The Jamaican shattered the bowling attack of the Pune Warriors at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, racing to a century in 30 deliveries. While several players have threatened to overhaul Gayle’s record, not one has gone past it. With the 13th season of the IPL approaching, there remains a massive prospect of new records getting created and this could surely be in danger.
We take a look at five players who can break Chris Gayle’s record of 175:
Who better than Chris Gayle himself to thwart his own record? Chris Gayle is one of the most destructive batsmen in the history of IPL and played for multiple franchises in the extravaganza. Gayle’s 175 contained 13 fours and 17 sixes that catapulted RCB to 260 in the first innings. With six centuries in the tournament, he sits at the top of the list.
The 40-year old also bagged the orange cap two years consecutively in 2011 and 2012. In 125 IPL fixtures, the Jamaican has 4484 runs, striking at 151.03. Despite his diminishing abilities, he has asserted that he would take only one inning to score an IPL hundred and that could be a harbinger for something massive.