Apr 232013

Chris Gayle set a new record for the fastest century in professional cricket history by reaching 100 in 30 balls.

Gayle smashed 17 sixes and 13 fours in his 66-ball knock that saw him finish on 175 not out – the highest T20 score – beating Brendan McCullum’s 158.

The West Indies batsman, 33, achieved the feat playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Pune Warriors in an Indian Premier League Twenty20 match.

Bangalore scored 263-5 – the highest team score in the limited overs format.

The score eclipses the previous best of 260, set by Sri Lanka against Kenya in Johannesburg in September 2007.

Gayle told ITV4: “I’m lost for words. It was just one of those days. It’s a good wicket and I started well.

“I got a good total. I can’t say it’s a decent total – it’s a good total.”

“All I had for breakfast this morning was a plain omelette, two pancakes and a hot chocolate.”

Pune were batting second in the match.

In November last year, Gayle became the first man to hit a six off the opening ball of a Test match – the left hander hit Bangladesh debutant Sohag Gazi for a maximum in the first Test in Dhaka.

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