What do you get when you pit Chris Gayle against an inexperienced bowling attack with a wet ball in a Twenty20? Utter carnage. On Wednesday, England’s young side were exposed to a GayleStorm at the Wankhede. Gayle’s unbeaten innings of 100 off just 48 balls blew away England’s seemingly solid target of 183. In this kind of mood, Gayle has no contemporary in T20 cricket.
Chris Gayle Extends Incredible T20 Record
It was a typical innings by the Jamaican: low on running, high on boundaries. In fact his running yielded just 14 runs for himself, all singles. In an era where players regularly scamper between the wickets, Gayle barely broke into a jog. But any thought of running went out of the window when he was pummelling the ball to the boundary. He’s too good toneed to run. Anything remotely full from the bowlers was deposited back over their head. Gayle’s shots between mid-off and mid-on produced 57 of his even 100 runs. At one point, Ben Stokes tried to drop it in short, but he was clouted for back-to-back sixes over square leg. There seemed to be no way for England to stem the torrent of runs from the T20 king.
Despite the chaos, Gayle seemed as carefree as ever. The bowlers looked flustered as they saw their sizeable total leak away effortlessly. Towels were out after almost every delivery to dry the ball and there was even a stoppage after the 10th over to try and remove dew from the outfield. It was futile. Gayle continued to loft drives with that smooth flow of the bat that has become iconic. Now, his career T20 stats have become more than iconic – they’re legendary.