Who Is The Best T20 Batsman?

T20 cricket hasn’t been around for that long but we can identify some of the best in this format. There is the consistency of Kohli and the genius of AB De Villiers but if you look at the records in T20 (Not internationals) then there is only one man who dominates this format like no other- Chris Gayle.

Chris Gayle

A Jamaican cricketer who plays international cricket for the West Indies, Chris Gayle is considered one of the most powerful batsmen in limited-overs cricket. Known for his characteristic hitting, imposing physique, and timing – he attributes the latter to being very thin when young, and having a heavy bat.  He is known for appearing very calm as the bowler approaches.

Gayle has set numerous records in all formats of the game. In 2012 he became the first player to hit a six off the first ball of a Test match. Playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore, he scored a 30-ball century, that became the highest individual T20 score (175 not out).

He is to T20s what Sachin Tendulkar is to ODIs. He holds every conceivable record in this format. Have a look at some numbers:

Most Runs

  1. Gayle- 9402
  2. Hodge- 7049

Most Hundreds

  1. Gayle- 18
  2. McCullum- 7

Most Fifties

  1. Gayle- 59
  2. Warner- 54

Fastest Hundreds

  1. Gayle- 30 balls
  2. Symonds- 34 balls

Fastest Fifty

  1. Gayle- 12 balls
  2. Yuvraj- 12 balls

Most Sixes

  1. Gayle- 685
  2. Pollard – 404

Most Fours

  1. Gayle- 728
  2. Hodge- 685

Highest Score

  1. Gayle- 175*
  2. Masakadza- 162*

Based on the stats above Chris Gayle is our unanimous winner.

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