Chris Gayle smashed 16 sixes during his innings of 215 versus Zimbabwe © Getty Images
Chris Gayle smashed 16 sixes during his innings of 215 versus Zimbabwe © Getty Images

Chris Gayle was on Tuesday dismissed for 215, which is now the highest individual score in the history of the World Cup cricket tournaments. Gayle was dismissed on the final ball of the West Indies innings against Zimbabwe in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 at the Manuka Oval in Canberra. READ: Chris Gayle scores 200 against Zimbabwe in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Chris Gayle, the explosive West Indies cricketer on Tuesday smashed the fifth double century in the history of the One-Day International (ODI) cricket, during the 15th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 tournament against Zimbabwe in Canberra. READ: Chris Gayle registers highest score in World Cup history

Explosive West Indies batsman Chris Gayle scored the highest cricket World Cup score by smashing 215 runs in a Pool B encounter against Zimbabwe at the Manuka Oval here Tuesday. West Indies made 372 for the loss of two wickets. SCORECARD: West Indies vs Zimbabwe ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 at Canberra

His 147-ball knock included 10 boundaries and 16 sixes. The previous best World Cup score was 188 which was scored by South Africa’s Gary Kirsten against the United Arab Emirates way back in 1996.

This is the first instance that the 200-mark has been crossed in the quadrennial event. However, three other batsmen have scored double centuries in One-Day Internationals (OD)), incidentally all of them being Indians.