CHRIS GAYLE’S 215 against Zimbabwe is the highest ever score by a batsman in the Cricket World Cup. The previous record was 188*, set by Gary Kirsten against the U.A.E. in 1996.
Other records or milestones from West Indies vs. Zimbabwe:
- Gayle scored the first-ever double century in the World Cup.
- This was only the fifth O.D.I. double century and the first by a non-Indian.
- 215 is the third highest O.D.I. score.
- Gayle hit a World Cup record 16 sixes in his innings. The previous record was nine by South Africa’s David Miller.
- Three batsmen now share the record of most sixes in an O.D.I. innings (16): Rohit Sharma (India), AB de Villiers (South Africa) and Chris Gayle (West Indies).
- This was the fastest O.D.I. double century: 138 balls, two fewer than the previous record held by India’s Virender Sehwag.
- Gayle scored 136 runs through boundaries, a World Cup record. The previous best was 110 by Saurav Ganguly (India) in 1999.
- Gayle and Marlon Samuels put on a world record O.D.I. partnership for any wicket: 372, smashing the previous record of 331 by Indian pair Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid against New Zealand in 1999. This may never be broken.