Chris Gayle becomes West Indies’ leading run-getter in T20Is

At the age of 39, and with his ODI retirement confirmed after this year’s World Cup, Chris Gayle has become West Indies’ all-time leading run-scorer in T20Is.

Gayle, during his innings of 15 against England in St Lucia on Wednesday, moved past Marlon Samuels‘ mark of 1611.

He only needed five runs to go past Samuels and duly achieved the milestone with a six off England pacer David Willey.

Gayle was out not long after, however, when he squirted a shot straight to short third man. (FULL SCORECARD: 1st T20I)

MOST RUNS FOR WEST INDIES IN T20Is (minimum 900)

Player M I Runs HS Avg SR 100s 50s
C Gayle 57 53 1622 117 33.10 142.90 2 13
M Samuels 67 65 1611 89* 29.29 116.23 0 10
D Bravo 66 59 1142 66* 24.29 116.41 0 4
L Simmons 45 44 907 82* 23.86 116.73 0 5

Samuels has scored 1611 runs at 29.29 from 67 T20Is between 2007 and 2018. The third West Indies cricketer with 1000 runs is the now retired Dwayn Bravo who in 66 T20Is scored 1142. (READ: 1st T20I: Bairstow, Curran star in England’s comfortable win)

Coming off a tremendous ODI series in which he scored 424 runs at a strike-rate of 134.17, Gayle has two more T20Is to increase his run tally.