NEW DELHI: One of the most promising players of West Indies, opening player of the team Chris Gayle has set a new record in the history of Cricket World Cup and has become the first batsman to score a double century in a World Cup innings as he reached the landmark against Zimbabwe on Tuesday in a Pool B match in Canberra.
The left-hand batsman hit Tendai Chatara for a boundary to complete 200 at 138 balls in the 46th over of the clash.
The 35-year-old batsman scored 215 as West Indies scored 372-2 in today’s match against Zimbabwe. After breaking the milestone set by the ‘God of Cricket’ Sachin Tendulkar, as he is fondly called in ODIs, Gayle left the bowlers look for answers and went on a rampage and broke the record set by Gary Kirsten for the highest individual score in Cricket World Cup.
Chrish Gayle has become the first non-Indian to score a double ton in ODI with Sachin Tendulkar, Virendra Sehwag and Rohit Sharma being the rest of the three to reach the milestone.
Coincidentally, the record setter has scored his double century exactly on the same day when the master-blaster smashed his first-ever ODI double century five years ago in 2010 against South Africa in Gwalior.