• Welcome to the ShrimperZone forums.
    You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which only gives you limited access.

    Existing Users:.
    Please log-in using your existing username and password. If you have any problems, please see below.

    New Users:
    Join our free community now and gain access to post topics, communicate privately with other members, respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and free. Click here to join.

    Fans from other clubs
    We welcome and appreciate supporters from other clubs who wish to engage in sensible discussion. Please feel free to join as above but understand that this is a moderated site and those who cannot play nicely will be quickly removed.

    Assistance Required
    For help with the registration process or accessing your account, please send a note using the Contact us link in the footer, please include your account name. We can then provide you with a new password and verification to get you on the site.

Ricky Otto

Mar 8, 2007
We were discussing at work our sporting heroes and it was pretty much all footballers and from the clubs we support, which was a bit boring and predictable. So then we changed it to "non-football" and it was really quite interesting. So lets hear your non-football sporting heroes and the reason behind it?

Mine I struggled with, there were a few contenders but I settled on the universe boss, Chris Gayle. When I lived in Perth he played for WA Warriors (pre Perth Scorchers and the big bash). He was worth the ticket price alone and trips to the WACA were great watching him bully the bowlers. I then saw him again live at Essex when he signed for Somerset for a few t20 games, he is the only player I've seen clear the flats at Chelmsford, phenomenal power!

I love the IPL as well and he has put in some amazing displays!

Oh and all these records:

First batsman to score a century in each of international cricket's three formats of the game.
First batsman to score a triple century in test cricket, double century in ODI cricket and a century in T20 internationals. Virender Sehwag is the other batsman to achieve same feat.
First batsman to score a T20I century as well as a T20 World Cup century. He's also the only batsman to score two T20 World Cup tons. In fact, he holds the record for being the only batsman to score a T20I century in a losing cause as well as to score a T20I century in a winning cause. He too holds the record for being the only batsman to score a T20I century when batting first as well as when batting second.[SUP][88][/SUP]
First international player to carry his bat through the entire innings in Twenty20 International.[SUP][89][/SUP] He is also the only player to carry his bat in both tests and T20Is.
First player to hit a six off the first ball in the history of Test cricket.[SUP][3][/SUP]
First player of West Indies to hit a double century in ODIs as well as in World Cup history.
First batsman to score 10,000 Twenty20 runs in career.[SUP][90][/SUP][SUP][91][/SUP]
He was only the fifth player in ODI history and second from West Indies to score an ODI hundred in his 100th ODI.[SUP][92][/SUP]
Only player in world cricket to hit a triple hundred in Tests, a double hundred in ODIs and a hundred in Twenty20 Internationals.[SUP][93][/SUP]
He also holds a joint record along with Yuvraj Singh for hitting the fastest T20 half century in 12 balls.[SUP][94][/SUP]
In World Cup 2015, he hit the fastest double century against Zimbabwe. Therefore, he holds the record for the fastest double century in ODI history as well as in World Cup history (off 138 balls)[SUP][95][/SUP]
Gayle also holds the record for highest individual score in T20 which is 175* off just 66 balls against Pune Warriors India. Also holds the record for the highest individual score as an opener in Twenty20 cricket.[SUP][96][/SUP][SUP][97][/SUP]
Holds the record for the most number of sixes in T20I (100)[SUP][98][/SUP]
Leading runscorer in all forms of T20s (10074 runs-as of 18 April 2017)[SUP][99][/SUP]
Leading runscorer in ICC Champions Trophy history (791 runs)[SUP][100][/SUP]
Most runs in a single ICC Champions Trophy series (474 runs)[SUP][101][/SUP]
Gayle certainly has the unique record for scoring centuries in ICC U19 World Cup, ICC World Twenty20, ICC Cricket World Cup, ICC Champions Trophy as well as in ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier.
Holds the record for the most runs scored by a player in any form of T20 in a losing cause (151*) and the only batsman to score 150 in a T20 innings in a losing cause.[SUP][102][/SUP]
He along with Marlon Samuels holds the record for the highest ever ODI runstand for any wicket (372 runs for 2nd wicket) and also it is the highest ever runstand in for any wicket in World Cup history[SUP][103][/SUP][SUP][104][/SUP][SUP][105][/SUP][SUP][106][/SUP]
He along with Devon Smith set the record for the highest opening stand in ICC World T20 history (145)[SUP][107][/SUP]
First player to hit all 6 balls in an over for four in test cricket.
Gayle has hit the most number of sixes in a T20 innings (18) during the 2017-18 Bangladesh Premier League, breaking his own world record of 17 sixes that he smashed in his unbeatable knock of 175 in the 2013 Indian Premier League.[SUP][108][/SUP]
Gayle is the first player to have scored 20 centuries in all forms of cricket and he holds the record for the highest individual score by a cricketer in a professional T20 league final (146*)[SUP][109][/SUP]
Third batsman to score a century against eleven different countries in ODIs