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Chris Gayle becomes first batsman to score 14,000 runs in T20 cricket

By Bet Barter

July 13, 2021

Jamaican cricketer Chris Gayle has now become the first cricketer to score 14000 runs in the shortest format of the game. The 41-year-old accomplished the feat with a match-winning half-century against Australia in the 3rd T20I. His brilliant knock helped the hosts defeat the visitors by six wickets and seal the five-match series. Gayle's innings included seven sixes and four boundaries. He finished the game with 67 runs off 38 balls. This was Chris Gayle's first T20I half-century since 2016, and it was a record-breaking one.

Apart from becoming the first cricketer to amass 14,000 T20 runs, he also became the oldest batsman from a full-member nation to score a T20I fifty.

Chris Gayle has scored 14038 runs in 431 T20 games

Chris Gayle was already the highest run-scorer in the game's shortest format. He got to the landmark 14000 runs when he scored his half-century off 33 balls against Australia. Chris Gayle currently has 14038 runs in 431 T20 games. The next best in the list of most runs in T20Is is Kieron Pollard. The West Indies skipper has amassed 10836 runs in 545 matches. 

Only four cricketers have scored more than 10000 runs in the shortest format of the game. Chris Gayle also has a record 22 T20 hundred to his name in the T20Is. The 41-year-old's highest score in the format is an unbeaten 175. He scored these runs against the now-defunct Indian Premier League franchise Pune Warriors India in the 2013 season when he was playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Earlier electing to bat first, Australia managed to score just 141 runs despite a good start. Matthew Wade and captain Aaron Finch formed a 41-run stand for the first wicket in five overs. However, the Kangaroos kept losing wickets at regular intervals. The Australian batsmen never looked comfortable during the innings. Moises Henriques was the top scorer with 33 runs. Thanks to Chris Gayle's brilliant batting, West Indies chased down the target in 14.5 overs to win by six wickets.

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