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West Indies fiery opening batsman, Chris Gayle after thrashing Pakistan in its opening ICC World Cup match, now has under his banner the record of hitting the most number of sixes in World Cup history.

The 39-year-old Gayle, who will bid adieu to international cricket after the showpiece event, overtook South African AB de Villiers (37 sixes in 23 matches) when he smashed Hasan Ali for a maximum over long on.

AB de Villiers had previously held the record with 37 sixes in 23 matches while former Australian captain Ricky Ponting was number three on the list with 31 sixes in 46 World Cup matches. New Zealand’s wicketkeeper-batsman Brendon McCullum stands number four with 29 sixes in 34 matches.

The "Universe Boss" also dominated the recent Indian Premier League, plundering 490 runs at 40.83, with a strike rate of 153.60. With at least eight matches and potentially finals on top of that remaining for the West Indies in this World Cup, the chances are this won't be the only record Gayle breaks.

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