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Chris Gayle hammered a game-changing 215 off 147 deliveries against Zimbabwe in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, thereby shattering wickets galore. Shiamak Unwalla traces some of the statistical highlights of his innings. READ: Chris Gayle scores 200 against Zimbabwe in ICC World Cup 2015

When Chris Gayle gets going, there really is no stopping him. For a long time (almost two years) he was without an ODI double century. Many had said that his days were numbered; indeed the WICB president Dave Cameron practically endorsed the sentiment on Twitter a few days ago. Gayle responded as only he can: by using his willow with the ferocity of an ogre.

Below are some of the statistical highlights of his innings:

Gayle’s 215 is now the highest score in World Cup history, having gone past Gary Kirsten’s 16-year old record of 188 not out. Below are the highest scores in World Cup history: READ: Chris Gayle registers highest-ever World Cup score

Batsman

Team

Runs

Opposition

Venue

Chris Gayle

West Indies

215

Zimbabwe

Manuka Oval, Canberra

Gary Kirsten

South Africa

188*

UAE

Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi

Sourav Ganguly

India

183

Sri Lanka

County Ground, Taunton

Viv Richards

West Indies

181

Sri Lanka

National Stadium, Karachi

Kapil Dev

India

175*

Zimbabwe

The Nevill Ground, Tunbridge Wells

Virender Sehwag

India

175

Bangladesh

Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

Gayle hit 16 sixes in his innings, thereby joining Rohit Sharma and AB de Villiers with the most sixes in an ODI innings. Below are the top five innings with most sixes in ODIs: READ: Chris Gayle score 5th double-century in ODI history

Batsman

Team

Opposition

R

B

4s

6s

SR

Rohit Sharma

India

Australia

209

158

12

16

132.27

AB de Villiers

South Africa

West Indies

149

44

9

16

338.63

Chris Gayle

West Indies

Zimbabwe

215

147

10

16

146.25

Shane Watson

Australia

Bangladesh

185*

96

15

15

192.7

Corey Anderson

New Zealand

West Indies

131*

47

6

14

278.72

Gayle hit 16 sixes and 10 fours, which is surprisingly only the fifth-highest aggregate for runs scored in boundaries for an ODI innings. Below are the top five aggregates from boundaries scored in an ODI innings: READ: Chris Gayle equals record for most sixes in ODI innings

Batsman

Team

Opposition

R

B

4s

6s

Runs from boundaries

SR

Rohit Sharma

India

 Sri Lanka

264

173

33

9

186

152.6

Shane Watson

Australia

 Bangladesh

185*

96

15

15

150

192.7

Rohit Sharma

India

 Australia

209

158

12

16

144

132.27

Virender Sehwag

India

 West Indies

219

149

25

7

142

146.97

Chris Gayle

West Indies

 Zimbabwe

215

147

10

16

136

146.25

Gayle’s double century was the fifth in ODI cricket, and the third-highest score in ODI history. Gayle also became the first non-Indian batsman to score an ODI double century. Incidentally, his 215 was the first double ton scored outside India. For the first time all five highest ODI scores are double centuries. Below is the list of the top five highest ODI scores in ODIs: READ: Chris Gayle becomes first non-Indian to score ODI 200

Batsman

Team

Opposition

R

B

SR

Rohit Sharma

India

Sri Lanka

264

173

152.6

Virender Sehwag

India

West Indies

219

149

146.97

Chris Gayle

West Indies

Zimbabwe

215

147

146.25

Rohit Sharma

India

Australia

209

158

132.27

Sachin Tendulkar

India

South Africa

200*

147

136.05

Gayle combined with Marlon Samuels to put on 372 — the highest-ever partnership in ODI history. It was also only the third ever 300-plus partnership in ODI cricket, the first by a non-Indian duo, and the first such partnership that does not involve Rahul Dravid. Below are the five highest partnerships in ODI history: READ: Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels put on highest-ever ODI partnership

Batsmen

Runs

Wicket

Team

Opposition

Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels

372

2nd

West Indies

 Zimbabwe

Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid

331

2nd

India

 New Zealand

Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid

318

2nd

India

 Sri Lanka

Upul Tharanga, Sanath Jayasuriya

286

1st

Sri Lanka

 England

Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan

282

1st

Sri Lanka

 Zimbabwe

Gayle and Samuels’ effort is also the only 300-plus partnership scored in the 21st century. The 372-run stand is over 100 runs more than the previous best ODI partnership for West Indies — 258 between Darren Bravo and Denesh Ramdin which came in 2014. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: POINTS TABLE

The partnership was also the longest in terms of balls faced — 298 legitimate deliveries. They went past Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar’s 278-ball 331-run partnership. Below are the top five longest partnerships in terms of balls faced in ODIs:

Batsmen Wicket Runs Balls Opposition Ground Date
Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels 2 372 298 Zimbabwe Manuka Oval February 24, 2015
Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar 2 331 278 New Zealand Hyderabad (Deccan) Nov 8, 1999
Faoud Bacchus, Desmond Haynes 1 172* 271 Zimbabwe Edgbaston Jun 20, 1983
Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly 2 318 269 Sri Lanka Taunton May 26, 1999
Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Stuart Williams 1 200* 268 India Kensington Oval May 3, 1997
Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga 1 282 268 Zimbabwe Pallekele Mar 10, 2011

West Indies’ innings was also the third-longest team innings featuring only three batsmen. The longest innings was also recorded by West Indies, with Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, and Viv Richards being the protagonists on that occasion. Below are the four longest innings involving only three players:

Batsman 1 Batsman 2 Batsman 3 Score Balls faced Opposition Ground Date
Gordon Greenidge Desmond Haynes Viv Richards 194/1 316 India Edgbaston Jun 9, 1979
Barry Wood Chris Tavare Allan Lamb 194/1 307 India Headingley Jun 2, 1982
Dwayne Smith Chris Gayle Marlon Samuels 372/2 305 Zimbabwe Manuka Oval Feb 24, 2015
Upul Tharanga Mahela Jayawardene Angelo Mathews 348/1 300 India Sabina Park Jul 2, 2013

More records:

Gayle became the only man in history to score a T20I century, an ODI double ton, and a Test triple hundred. Only Virender Sehwag comes close — he has scored an ODI double and a Test triple, as well as scoring a couple of T20 centuries in IPL. READ: Chris Gayle only man in history to score T20I century, ODI double ton and Test triple hundred

Gayle’s 215 is the highest-ever ODI score against Zimbabwe.

Gayle’s 215 came exactly six years — to the day — after Sachin Tendulkar broke the 200-run barrier for the first time in ODI history. Tendulkar’s 200 not out against South Africa was scored on February 24, 2010. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: SCHEDULE & MATCH DETAILS

This was the first instance of one batsman scoring over 200 and another scoring over 100 in the same innings in an ODI.

This was the first time in ODI history that a player scored over 200 and also took a wicket (it is also the only time a player who has scored over 200 has bowled) in the same match.

Curiously, while only three batsmen batted in the innings — Gayle was dismissed off the final ball of the innings — they scored a duck, a century, and a double hundred between them! ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Complete Coverage

(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek and Cricket fanatic. You can follow him on Twitter @ShiamakUnwalla)