West Indies T20 star Chris Gayle could become the first batsman to hit 1000 T20 sixes if his uncanny obsession for clearing the boundary rope continues in the upcoming IPL season.
Currently, the 40-year-old big hitter has tallied a total of 978 sixes in T20 cricket so far. If he can add another 22 to his 326 IPL sixes, the batsman will repeat the all too familiar habit of writing his name in the T20 cricket record books.
Gayle will be odds on favourite to achieve the feat as well. In 11 seasons of IPL cricket to date, he has never failed to hit 22 sixes. Last season, he cleared the boundary rope 34 times and 27 times in the previous season. Should he reach the tally it would only add to an already impressive resume racked up for the format.
Gayle has scored the most runs in T20 cricket (13,296), has the highest score (175), most sixes in an innings (18), and the fastest 100. He has also hit the most fours with 1,026.
The West Indian is currently in training camp in Dubai, where he is preparing to face the new IPL season with Kings XI Punjab. The batsman had been slated to take part in the recently-concluded Caribbean Premier League (CPL) for beaten finalist, St Lucia Zouks, but pulled out of the competition due to personal reasons. (www.sportsmax.tv)