Chris Gayle first to score double century in World Cup

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West Indies’ opener Chris Gayle made his name into history books by becoming the first ever batsman to score a double-century in the ICC World Cup. He achieved this feat against Zimbabwe in a Pool B clash in Canberra on 24 February 2015. Gayle hit Tendai Chatara for a boundary in the 46th over of the West Indies innings to reach the double-century mark in 138 balls. Assisted by this double-century, West Indies reached mammoth total of 372 for 2 wickets.

Highlights of Gayle’s historic innings

Gayle surpassed the previous World Cup best of 188 not out by South Africa’s Gary Kirsten against the United Arab Emirates at Rawalpindi in 1996.

He also shared the record of hitting maximum sixes(16), in an ODI innings with Rohit Sharma and AB de Villiers.

He became the first non-Indian to score an ODI double century. Three Indians to achieve this rare feat are – Rohit Sharma (two centuries), Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag.

He coincidentally scored his double century exactly on the day when master blaster Sachin Tendulkar hammered first ever ODI double ton five years ago in 2010 against South Africa in Gwalior.

Top 5 ICC World Cup innings

Player                                     Country                      Against           Score              Year

Chris Gayle                           West Indies               Zimbabwe     215                 2015

Gary Kirsten                          South Africa              UAE                188                 1996

Sourav Ganguly                   India                           Sri Lanka       183                 1999

Vivian Richards                    West Indies               Sri Lanka       181                 1987

Kapil Dev                               India                           Zimbabwe     175                 1983

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