Watching cricketers score 100s in the shortest format is something that gets people excited to the core. The fun doubles when it’s a tournament and there are Caribbean players involved, considering they have T20 cricket running in their veins. Since it has been a few days since CPL 2020 commenced, a tournament that has got cricket aficionados glued to their screens, let’s take a look at the top three players with most centuries in CPL history.
Andre Russell (2 – 100s)
Dre Russ is one of the most destructive batsmen to have competed in CPL. He got both his hundreds at a jaw-dropping strike rate of over 200.
He struck his first ton (44-ball 100) versus in CPL 2016, while his second ton ( 49-ball 121*) came in CPL 2018. Interestingly, both the tons came against Trinidad & Tobago Knight Riders, and rank among the fastest in the history of T20 cricket.
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Dwayne Smith (4 – 100s)
A match-winner on his day, the T20 veteran has got the joint-most number of centuries in CPL.
Batting for the Barbados Tridents, Smith scored the first couple of hundreds in CPL 2014, first up was a 69-ball 110* against St Lucia Zouks, and backed up with another mesmerizing ton – 104* off 67 deliveries, in the match against Guyana Amazon Warriors.
He notched the remaining tons in CPL 2017 – 100 versus Guyana Amazon Warriors, and 103* versus St Lucia Stars.
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Chris Gayle (4 – 100s)
No records remain untouched for the greatest West Indian batsman in the shortest format of the game.
For a cricketer who has notched most runs and sixes in CPL, it doesn’t come as a surprise to see Gayle scoring the joint-most hundreds alongside Dwayne Smith. The only difference, Gayle clocked his tons in 4 different seasons – 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2019, while Smith got two hundred in 2014, and the remaining in 2017.
It goes without saying that the fans would have loved to see the Six-machine in action in CPL 2020. Though he had announced to skip the ongoing tournament way ahead of its commencement, the impact would have been different if the Caribbean giant had played and Gayle-storm had come to effect.