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Chris Gayle hit three sixes in his 34-ball 50-run knock against Pakistan to become the leading six-hitter in World Cup. @Twitter/Windies Cricket

As West Indies thumped Pakistan to win their first game in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Friday, Chris Gayle, who scored a fifty, became the leading six-hitter in the history of World Cups.

Gayle had hit 37 sixes in the World Cup before the game began, tied with AB de Villiers. The 39-year-old left-hander hit three sixes against Pakistan on Friday to become the batsman with most number of sixes in the World Cup, with as many as 40 sixes against his name.

West Indies skipper Jason Holder lauded Gayle’s impact, saying, “Chris started us off tremendously. He eases the pressure in a chase like this. He imposed himself and kept them at bay.”

Gayle, with 994 runs against his name, is on the third spot in the list of leading run-getters for West Indies in the World Cup, behind Brian Lara (1215 runs) and Sir Viv Richards (1013 runs). (ALSO READ: Cricket World Cup 2019: Great start for me as a youngster, says Oshane Thomas as West Indies crush Pakistan)

The Jason Holder-led side, electing to bowl, bundled out Pakistan for 105 in 21.4 overs with the pace-bowling quartet of Holder, Andre Russell, Sheldon Cottrell and Oshane Thomas running through the Sarfaraz Ahmed-led side.

West Indies then chased down the target in 13.4 overs and won the match with seven wickets, with Gayle leading the charge.

Players with most sixes in World Cup:

Player Country Sixes
Chris Gayle West Indies 40
AB de Villiers South Africa 37
Ricky Ponting Australia 31
Brendon McCullum New Zealand 29
Herschelle Gibbs South Africa 28