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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