Chris Gayle celebrates his record-breaking T20 century.
Chris Gayle celebrates his record-breaking T20 century.

‘Better than Bradman’: Gayle goes insane

CHRIS Gayle has smashed a ridiculous century in the Bangladesh Premier League final, hitting 146 not out off just 69 balls - and breaking his own T20 world record with 18 sixes, a ton in itself (108 runs).

Gayle, with his first ton in a tournament final, notched his 20th T20 century at a 211.59 strike rate in an innings that also featured five fours.

He shared a 201-run partnership with No.3 batsman Brendon McCullum (51 not out) as Rangpur Riders posted 1-206, which ultimately gave them a 57-run win over Dhaka Dynamites.

The opposing bowling attack was far from average, featuring international stars Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Shahid Afridi, Kieron Pollard and Mosaddek Hossain.

The 38-year-old Jamaican's knock also took him past 11,000 runs in the shortest format of the game and made him the first player to score 20 centuries in T20 cricket.

Having set a raft of records in his innings, Gayle - who also hit 126 not out in the previous match - upped the ante afterwards by declaring himself better than Bradman:

Gayle's string of records from the innings included:

- Most sixes in a T20 innings

- Highest score in a T20 final

- Highest partnership in a T20 final

- First player to reach 20 T20 centuries

- First player to reach 11,000 T20 runs

Gayle averages 40.94 from 320 T20 matches, with a strike rate of 149.02. His highest score is 175 not out, while he also boasts 67 half-centuries.

His BPL final performance cements him as clearly the finest T20 batsman ever - though cricket purists will never concede his "better than Bradman "claim".

Gayle, who has now struck 819 sixes in T20 cricket, last played a T20 international for West Indies in September and his last Test match was against Bangladesh in 2014.