Chris Gayle smashes record to become undisputed Six Machine

The southpaw broke Shahid Afridi’s long-standing record of 477 sixes in international cricket.

In the 14th over of the first One Day International against England, veteran opener Chris Gayle smashed Moeen Ali for a six over long on, with the entire Barbados stadium erupting in a frenzy. That six, while a common sight for Windies patrons when the 39-year-old is at the crease, meant that Chris Gayle had now surpassed Shahid Afridi to claim the record for most number of international sixes.

Chris Gayle, who represents Kings XI Punjab in the VIVO Indian Premier League, rolled back the years as he smashed the hapless English bowlers for 12 sixes as he scored a stunning 135 off just 129 balls on his Windies ODI comeback after a seven-month absence.

He started slowly, with John Campbell and Shai Hope doing the bulk of the scoring early on, but after that six in the 14th over, none of the English bowlers could stop the Gayle Storm.

"It's one of my best innings, you check my career and I haven't started like that," Gayle said. "But it's not how you start, it's how you finish. I used a bit of experience, knew which bowlers to target, the new-ball bowlers bowled well.

"Raise the Windies flag high, since it's my last home series, keep the flag high and make sure everyone gets a chance to see that," he said of his celebration, where he placed his helmet on the handle and raised it."

Moeen Ali faced the worst of the left-hander’s wrath as he was smashed for six maximums, while Liam Plunkett and Mark Wood were hit for two sixes each in back to back overs. Gayle also smashed a six off Adil Rashid in the 44th over, to also claim the record of having 100 international sixes against a single opposition in England.

Gayle now has 487 International sixes, which includes 103 sixes in T20s and 98 in Test cricket. Rohit Sharma is next on the list amongst active International cricketers, with 349 sixes - more than 125 behind.

The Universe Boss, who is set to quit ODI cricket after the World Cup, already holds the record for most number of ODI centuries by a West Indies player (25) as well as the highest individual ODI score (215) for his country.

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