Chris Gayle plundered his equal-fastest half century en route to a remarkable 84 not out from just 22 balls in the Abu Dhabi T10 league.
Just in case T20s drag on too long for your liking, the T10 competition cuts the contest down even further and batsmen have a license to let loose from ball one.
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Gayle’s Team Abu Dhabi was chasing Maratha Arabians’ total of 98 and needed just 5.3 overs to haul in the target as the West Indian went ballistic, doing everything on his own.
He cracked nine sixes and six fours in his whirlwind knock, which included a remarkable 11-ball streak in which he dealt purely in boundaries.
After starting off his innings with two dot balls. Gayle went 44466664646 as he reached 50 of a ridiculous 12 balls. It equals the fastest ever half century in T20 cricket, when the 41-year-old raised his bat after a dozen deliveries playing for the Melbourne Renegades in the 2016 Big Bash League, while the international record for the fastest 50 in a T20 also stands at 12 balls, achieved by India’s Yuvraj Singh against England in 2007.
Gayle’s spectacular striking is even more remarkable considering his horrible form leading into the match against the Arabians, having scored just 20 runs from 21 balls in his previous four innings.
But some wise words from Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara set Gayle on the path to destruction.
“It’s a good feeling. I wasn’t getting any runs, I wasn’t getting a start but this is T10 cricket and you have to go from ball one,” Gayle said.
“Luckily today I had a bit of momentum and it paid off.
“Before batting, Sangakkara — I have to give him a bit of credit — he came to me and he saw something within my batting and he compared it with the IPL and the T10.
“He was like, ‘Be sharper, be ready, be more alert’ and that’s what happened, that’s what I did.
“We need a little bit of a pep talk sometimes.
“We never stop learning. Sanga — you’re the man, you’re a legend.”