1998- Chris Gayle
The second edition of the tournament was held in South Africa in 1998 and the West Indies batsman Chris Gayle emerged as the highest run-getter with 364 runs in 7 matches. Gayle went on to play international cricket for West Indies and earned many accolades in his career for his swashbuckling batting.
The marauding southpaw went on to play 103 Tests, 269 ODIs and 50 T20Is for the national side and made 17954 runs across all the formats.
Gayle also emerged as one of the top players in the T20 format with his gigantic hitting and he is often called the king of the format. Who can forget that hundred which he made against South Africa in the opening match of the inaugural edition of the T20 World cup in 2007.
He has a decent Test record too and apart from Bradman, Sehwag, and Lara, Gayle is the one who has scored two triple hundreds in Test matches.
Owing to his problems with the cricket board of the country, Gayle of late has become only a T20 player who plies his trade in various T20 leagues across the world. He has been fairly successful in doing that as well.
Recently his autobiography ‘Six Machine’ was published and it is generating quite a lot of buzz.Published 17 Jun 2016, 19:40 IST