Australia, lately has been a good place for records to be broken and set. First, it was 17 year old Ko becoming the youngest golfer to win a PGA, another record is been set in Canberra with Gayle becoming the first batsman hitting a double century in a world tournament.
Chris Gayle became the first batsman to score a double century in the World Cup as he blasted a brilliant 215 in the World Cup Pool B game between West Indies and Zimbabwe in Canberra.
The Windies opener has been struggling for form but he returned to his best in emphatic fashion to lead his team to 372-2 from their 50 overs at the Manuka Oval.
The 35-year-old Jamaican left-hander reached his double century from only 138 balls and he was finally dismissed when he was caught off the final ball of the innings from Hamilton Masakadza as he attempted to hit his 17th six, which would have been a new record for a one-day international.
Gayle also hit 10 fours in his 147-ball knock as he 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 is only the fourth batsman to score a double century in all ODI cricket and the first non-Indian to reach the landmark – his 215 total is the third highest ODI score of all-time and he fell short of Rohit Sharma’s record of 264 set against Sri Lanka in November.
Marlon Samuels also made an unbeaten 133 from 156 balls as the pair put on a world-record stand for an ODI international of 372 runs, all coming after Gayle’s fellow opener Dwayne Smith was dismissed for a duck from the second ball of the innings.
Gayle, who had only made one 50 in his previous 19 ODI appearances, said: “I’m still struggling with injuries but I have pushed myself to get the preparation right. I’m not getting any younger but overall I’m really happy.
“The team can get some momentum from this going into the match with South Africa.”