Chris Gayle 175 runs against Pune Warriors

Chris Gayle makes 175 run on just 66 balls against Pune Warriors of IPL 2013, 31st T20 Match played at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore on 23rd April 2013.

Chris Gayle has set a new record for the fastest century in the history of professional cricket with an astonishing ton off just 30 balls for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, then went on to make the highest score ever seen in Twenty20.

The 30-ball ton beats the previous 34-ball Twenty20 record set by Australia’s Andrew Symonds. The record in 50-over cricket is Shahid Afridi’s 37-ball ton for Pakistan against Sri Lanka in 1996. The Test record belongs to Gayle’s fellow West Indian viv Richards, who flayed England for a 56-ball 100 in Antigua in 1986.

The entertaining innings by the RCB’s opening batsman was comprised of 13 fours and 17 sixes at a strike-rate over 265. In the IPL, the record of fastest century was held by Yusuf Pathan who had scored a 37-ball century for Kolkata Knight Riders’ against Mumbai Indians in the 2010 season.

Arguably the most devastating contemporary batsman, Gayle is also the first player to score a century in international Twenty20 cricket; the only man to score seven or more tons in the Twenty20 format; and is the leading six-hitter in Twenty20s. The left-hander has been the top-scorer in IPL for two consecutive years(2011 and 2012).