Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer
Former West Indies players Courtney Walsh, Jefferey Dujon and Jackie Hendricks have expressed surprise and delight at the record-breaking feats of Chris Gayle.
Gayle smashed a record 175 not out to guide the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to a 130-run win over Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament yesterday.
The feat, which beat 158 not out made by New Zealand's Brendon McCallum, also included the fastest century in the history of professional cricket.
Gayle brought up his hundred off 30 balls, which bettered Australia's Andrew Symonds, who previously held the record off 34 balls.
"I was so shocked when I saw the innings. It was something that was totally out of this world," said Hendricks.
"One never expected someone in a 20 overs match to get 170-odd runs.
"It's unbelievable, really and truly and I don't see the records being broken in our lifetime," he added.
Said Walsh: "I am really very happy for him. It's a tremendous achievement and it just goes to show that on his day he can destroy any bowling attack.
"It is a score that people dream about in a 50 overs game, so to see him achieve it in a 20 overs game is something extra special."
Dujon, in the meanwhile, said he always felt that if there was anyone capable of setting a Twenty20 record it was Gayle, and he, too, was overwhelmed by the feats.
"I always thought Gayle had it in him to break records, especially in limited overs cricket," said Dujon.
"He is a very powerful and skilled player and probably the most capable batsman to do something like this.
"I now look forward to him transferring his club form on the international stage for the West Indies, especially with the ICC Champions Trophy coming up in June in England."