New Delhi: West Indies opener Chris Gayle's blistering knock of 215 against Zimbabwe on Tuesday shattered several cricket records.
The left-hander's 147-ball innings comprised of 10 boundaries and 16 sixes. The hard-hitting batsman not only etched his name in the annals of history, but also helped mark February 24 as a significant date in world cricket.
Gayle's double hundred was the first ever by any player in a World Cup. Interestingly, the first-ever double ton in ODI cricket was also scored on this same date by master blaster Sachin Tendulkar in 2010 against South Africa in Nagpur.
February 24th 2010 - Sachin Tendulkar makes the 1st ODI 200 February 24th 2015 - Chris Gayle makes the 1st CWC 200 pic.twitter.com/FpygRLF5R2
— ICC (@ICC) February 24, 2015
Gayle's record-breaking display at the Manuka Oval was lauded by members of the cricketing fraternity.
Finally he's got a double hundred in one day cricket ! That doesn't surprise me who els than @henrygayle what a stage to get it thou
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) February 24, 2015
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) February 24, 2015
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) February 24, 2015
Well played @henrygayle !
— Brett Lee (@BrettLee_58) February 24, 2015