Chris Gayle scores the first Twenty20 International century

September 11 is a date that’s etched in the memories of most for the horrific incident that shook United States in 2001. Six years later, the day saw the inaugural match of the World Twenty20 being played. West Indies took on the host South Africa at Johannesburg and quite deservingly Chris Gayle became the first ever batsman to score an international hundred in this format.

On this day, eight years back, Gayle breezed away to a 117 from just 57-balls. Gayle’s blitzkrieg came against an attack that comprised of Shaun Pollock, Makhaya Ntini, Morne Morkel, Albie Morkel, Vernon Philander and Johan van der Wath. The knock boosted the West Indian innings to 205 but they still went on to lose the game with 14-balls to spare thanks to some poor bowling and Herschelle Gibbs’ unbeaten 90 from 55 balls.

It was fitting that Gayle, who went on to be come the greatest ever T20 batsman, brought up the first international hundred in this format. In T20 cricket, Gayle has notched up 16 centuries and scored runs at 44.21, and at a strike-rate of almost 150. Two weeks later, it was Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s young Indian side that went on to lift the World T20 title.