Chris Gayle © AFP
Chris Gayle © AFP


June 21, 2014


Chasing a meagre 93 in a rain-affected fifth day against New Zealand, West Indies’ Chris Gayle played a blitzkrieg of a knock, which was peppered with plenty of his characteristic fours and sixes and brought up his half-century in just 28 balls. Gayle will share his record with fellow West Indian Earnest Williams who brought up his feat in 1948 and England legend Ian Botham. However, the fastest fifty by a West Indian was brought up by Shane Shillingford in the first Test in Jamaica.


Thanks to Gayle’s knock, West Indies cruised to a 10-wicket win in Trinidad to level the series 1-1 against the Kiwis and the teams will now go to Barbados to play the series decider. Jacques Kallis heads the fastest fifties list with his effort against Zimbabwe in 2005 still lasting the test of time. Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Ashraful and Mohammad Yousuf are the subcontinent players in the select list.


Player  Country  Against Balls
Jacques Kallis South Africa  Zimbabwe 24
Shane Shillingford West Indies  New Zealand 25
Shahid Afridi Pakistan  India 26
Mohammad Ashraful Bangladesh  India 26
Mohammad Yousuf Pakistan  South Africa 27
Foffie Williams West Indies  England 28
Ian Botham England  India 28
Chris Gayle West Indies  New Zealand 28