The West Indian superstar was 175 not out off 66 balls, with 17 sixes and 13 fours, at the end of his Royal Challengers Bangalore team’s innings against Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League.
Not surprisingly, his side’s total of five for 263 was enough to win with the Warriors reaching just nine for 133 in reply (Gayle picked up two late wickets).
Gayle’s onslaught led to a pile of records, including fastest century in any form of top-level cricket, the highest Twenty 20 innings (overtaking Brendan McCullum’s 158 not out) and the highest score from a team (beating Sri Lanka’s 2007 effort against Kenya).
He told ITV4: “I’m lost for words. It was just one of those days. It’s a good wicket and I started well.
“I got a good total. I can’t say it’s a decent total – it’s a good total.
“All I had for breakfast this morning was a plain omelette, two pancakes and a hot chocolate.”
Indian skipper Mahendra Dhoni, who plays for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL and is no slouch himself with the bat, was impressed.
He Tweeted: “Life is all about taking the right decision. Seeing Gayle bat today, I think I took the right decision being a wicketkeeper.”
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