Bangalore: Royal Challengers Bangalore opener Chris Gayle on Tuesday broke a spate of Twenty20 records on Tuesday during his surreal 175 not out off just 66 balls against Pune Warriors at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Gayle's 175 is the highest score is now the fastest in Twenty20 cricket, breaking the previous record of 34 balls which former Australia allrounder Andrew Symonds achieved for Kent against Middlesex in 2004. It also the highest individual score in the history the format, surpassing Brendon McCullum's unbeaten 158 scored in the first match of the inaugural IPL at this same ground on April 18, 2008.
It included a record 17 sixes, which took Gayle past the previous record of 16 scored by Essex allrounder Graham Napier against Sussex on June 24, 2008. On top of this, Gayle's ballistic century took RCB to the highest total in T20s - 263 for 5, beating Sri Lanka's 260 for 6 against Kenya in the 2007 ICC World Twenty20.
RCB's opening stand of 167 in 13.4 overs was a team best, and when it was also the fastest century opening stand in IPL history - 7.5 overs. Gayle also became the first batsman to hit 150 sixes in the IPL, and one of his sixes was the longest in the league at 119 meters. Gayle has now become the only batsman to score four centuries in the IPL.