Mzansi Super League: Windies legend Chris Gayle makes own yet another record
He is currently playing for Jozi Stars.
Updated - Nov 20, 2018 1:13 pm
As far as the T20 format is concerned, Chris Gayle aka the Universal Boss has tasted a significant amount of success. The Jamaican is currently the leading run-scorer in the shortest format with 12,075 runs in 354 matches at an average of 40.25. His strike-rate of 148.23 also suggests that he prefers to express himself and doesn’t like the bowlers settling into a rhythm.
Apart from being the only batsman with over 10,000 T20 runs, he is also the owner of 891 sixes. Moreover, he has an awe-inspiring 21 tons in the format, the next highest being Brendon McCullum’s tally of seven centuries. His top score of 175 not out came against scrapped franchise Pune Warriors India (PWI) in the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
A massive achievement
The 39-year-old is currently playing for Jozi Stars in the inaugural edition of the Mzansi Super League (MSL). He scored a quick-fire 23 from 19 balls, albeit his team lost to Nelson Mandela Bay Giants by five wickets. In the meantime, Gayle has created another record in the T20 version. The experienced campaigner became the first player to play 10 different T20 leagues.
Gayle has now played in the Afghanistan Premier League (Balkh Legends), Mzansi Super League (Jozi Stars), Caribbean Premier League (Jamaica Tallawahs, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots), Indian Premier League (Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab), Pakistan Super League ( Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings), Big Bash League (Sydney Thunders and Melbourne Renegades), Ram Slam T20 (Highveld Lions), Vitality Blast (Somerset), Bangladesh Premier League (Barisal Bulls, Dhaka Gladiators, Chittagong Vikings and Rangpur Riders), and Global T20 Canada (Vancouver Knights).
Prior to the MSL, he plied his trade in the APL, representing Balkh Legends, led by Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi. He played a crucial role in his team’s victorious campaign and churned out 315 runs from seven matches at an average of 45. Gayle is also expected to be a vital cog in the Windies lineup for the 2019World Cup, scheduled to take place in England and Wales.