England’s Kevin Pietersen and West Indies’ Chris Gayle are two of most prolific and explosive batsmen in the cricketing world. Pietersen is a right-handed middle-order batsman gifted with flamboyant stroke-play. Gayle on the other hand is a natural aggressive batsman and any score looks possible when he is there at the crease. Besides, he is also a decent off-spin bowler.

Both are famous for their attitude, style and the camaraderie they share, which was seen during the Caribbean Premier League. But Gayle is senior to Pietersen in terms of international experience as he made his debut in 1999 and the English batsman burst into international cricket in 2005. Pietersen was instrumental behind England’s domination over the world in Twenty20 (T20) World Cup 2010 and was also the man of the series. Gayle too played a crucial role behind West Indies’ success in the 2012 T20 World Cup. Both the cricketers have helped their side in claiming one ICC title.

Gayle has featured in 269 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and has amassed 9,221 runs, whereas Pietersen has played 136 ODIs for England and smashed 4,440 runs. The southpaw has a strike rate of 85.11 with the bat and scalped 163 wickets with the ball. Whereas Pietersen holds a slight better strike rate than Gayle of 86.58.

Both the cricketers bring a lot of stability into the side and have been substantial contributors to their respective sides. Watch this interesting video presented by Lord’s Cricket Ground and caste your vote for the best among the two.