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A bowler delivers the ball to a batsman during a game of cricket.

Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players each on a field at the centre of which is a 22-yard (20-metre) pitch with a wicket at each end, each comprising two bails balanced on three stumps. The game proceeds when a player on the fielding team, called the bowler, "bowls" (propels) the ball from one end of the pitch towards the wicket at the other end, with an "over" being completed once they have legally done so six times. The batting side has one player at each end of the pitch, with the player at the opposite end of the pitch from the bowler aiming to strike the ball with a bat. The batting side scores runs either when the ball reaches the boundary of the field, or when the two batters swap ends of the pitch, which results in one run. The fielding side's aim is to prevent run-scoring and dismiss each batter (so they are "out", and are said to have "lost their wicket"). Means of dismissal include being bowled, when the bowled ball hits the stumps and dislodges the bails, and by the fielding side either catching a hit ball before it touches the ground, or hitting a wicket with the ball before a batter can cross the crease line in front of the wicket to complete a run. When ten batters have been dismissed, the innings ends and the teams swap roles. The game is adjudicated by two umpires, aided by a third umpire and match referee in international matches.

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Christopher Henry Gayle, OD (born 21 September 1979) is a Jamaican cricketer who plays international cricket for the West Indies. A destructive batter, Gayle is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen to have played Twenty20 cricket, and by some as the best ever. Gayle played a crucial role in the West Indies teams that won 2004 ICC Champions Trophy, 2012 ICC World Twenty20 and 2016 ICC World Twenty20.

Gayle has set numerous records across all three formats of the game. He is the most capped player for the West Indies in international cricket and is the only player to score a triplet of centuries – a triple hundred in Tests, double hundred in ODIs and a hundred in T20Is. Gayle is the only player to score more than 14000 runs and hit more than 1000 sixes in T20 cricket Gayle is also the leading run scorer for West Indies in both ODI's and T20I's and along with Brian Lara the only player to score more than 10,000 runs for West Indies in ODI Cricket. In addition to his batting, Gayle has picked up over 200 International Wickets with his Right-arm offbreak spin bowling. He was awarded the Most Valuable Player in the 2011 Indian Premier League and held the Orange Cap in 2012. On 23 April 2013, Gayle broke the record for the fastest ever T20 hundred in his landmark knock of 175 runs from 66 balls for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Pune Warriors India in the IPL, which is also the highest score ever by a batsman in T20 history. He also equaled the record for the fastest 50 in T20 cricket while playing for Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League.

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ICC Rankings

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is the international governing body of cricket, and produces team rankings for the various forms of cricket played internationally.

Test cricket is the longest form of cricket, played up to a maximum of five days with two innings per side.

One Day International cricket is played over 50 overs, with one inning per side.

Twenty20 International cricket is played over 20 overs, with one inning per side.

ICC Men's Test Team Rankings
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  Australia 23 2,736 119
2  New Zealand 28 3,264 117
3  India 32 3,717 116
4  England 41 4,151 101
5  South Africa 23 2,271 99
6  Pakistan 30 2,787 93
7  Sri Lanka 30 2,485 83
8  West Indies 33 2,480 75
9  Bangladesh 22 1,157 53
10  Zimbabwe 11 342 31
Reference: ICC Test Rankings, 19 January 2022
"Matches" is no. matches + no. series played in the 12–24 months since the May before last, plus half the number in the 24 months before that.
ICC Men's ODI Team Rankings
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  New Zealand 17 2,054 121
2  England 32 3,793 119
3  Australia 28 3,244 116
4  India 32 3,624 113
5  South Africa 25 2,549 98
6  Pakistan 27 2,524 93
7  Bangladesh 30 2,740 91
8  West Indies 30 2,523 84
9  Sri Lanka 32 2,657 83
10  Afghanistan 17 1,054 62
11  Netherlands 7 336 48
12  Ireland 25 1,145 46
13  Scotland 10 452 45
14  Zimbabwe 20 764 38
15  Oman 16 566 35
16    Nepal 11 330 30
17  United Arab Emirates 9 190 21
18  Namibia 8 167 21
19  United States 14 232 17
20  Papua New Guinea 13 0 0
Reference: ICC ODI rankings, Updated on 7 January 2022
Matches is the number of matches played in the 12–24 months since the May before last, plus half the number in the 24 months before that. See points calculations for more details.
ICC Women's ODI Rankings
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  Australia 21 3,379 161
2  England 25 2,983 119
3  South Africa 29 3,390 117
4  India 26 2,934 113
5  New Zealand 26 2,392 92
6  West Indies 22 1,872 85
7  Pakistan 20 1,496 75
8  Bangladesh 5 306 61
9  Sri Lanka 11 519 47
10  Ireland 2 25 13
Reference: ICC Women's ODI rankings, Updated on 27 September 2021
ICC Men's T20I Team Rankings
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  England 34 9,354 275
2  India 36 9,627 267
3  Pakistan 43 11,381 265
4  New Zealand 38 9,707 255
5  South Africa 35 8,858 253
6  Australia 40 9,927 248
7  Afghanistan 17 3,951 232
8  Sri Lanka 30 6,950 232
9  West Indies 34 7,874 232
10  Bangladesh 37 8,529 231
11  Zimbabwe 30 5,751 192
12    Nepal 19 3,556 187
13  Ireland 32 5,938 186
14  Scotland 24 4,447 185
15  United Arab Emirates 15 2,750 183
16  Namibia 25 4,435 177
17  Oman 13 2,260 174
18  Netherlands 23 3,992 171
19  Papua New Guinea 19 3,166 167
20  Singapore 12 1,678 140
21  Qatar 15 1,917 128
22  Canada 16 1,976 124
23  Jersey 19 2,333 123
24  Hong Kong 13 1,572 121
25  Uganda 28 2,948 105
26  Italy 12 1,245 104
27  Kuwait 12 1,241 103
28  Saudi Arabia 8 801 100
29  Kenya 20 1,988 99
30  United States 14 1,364 97
31  Bermuda 12 1,056 88
32  Malaysia 20 1,723 86
33  Germany 23 1,972 86
34  Bahrain 8 675 84
35  Tanzania 13 1,062 82
36  Denmark 15 1,160 77
37  Botswana 14 1,070 76
38  Guernsey 9 645 72
39  Spain 11 768 70
40  Romania 17 1,163 68
41  Norway 10 667 67
42  Nigeria 23 1,487 65
43  Austria 13 756 58
44  Belgium 17 955 56
45  Sweden 10 536 54
46  Philippines 5 241 48
47  France 7 333 48
48  Mexico 7 313 45
49  Cayman Islands 3 132 44
50  Vanuatu 10 435 44
51  Portugal 9 387 43
52  Ghana 13 541 42
53  Isle of Man 8 329 41
54  Luxembourg 16 613 38
55  Argentina 11 416 38
56  Bahamas 6 223 37
57  Malawi 15 556 37
58  Peru 5 179 36
59  Fiji 3 105 35
60  Finland 9 313 35
61  Sierra Leone 10 331 33
62  Hungary 5 165 33
63  Samoa 5 159 32
64  Japan 4 126 32
64  Costa Rica 4 126 32
66  Belize 11 341 31
67  Malta 25 766 31
68  Panama 11 287 26
69  Thailand 7 175 25
70  Cyprus 9 210 23
71  Czech Republic 19 396 21
72  South Korea 4 78 20
73  Greece 5 94 19
74  Mozambique 13 214 16
75  Rwanda 14 206 15
76  Bhutan 4 47 12
77  Bulgaria 20 221 11
78  Saint Helena 6 55 9
79  Seychelles 6 54 9
80  Brazil 5 39 8
81  Maldives 11 55 5
82  Gibraltar 14 55 4
83  Chile 5 19 4
84  Myanmar 3 1 0
85  Indonesia 3 0 0
86  Eswatini 9 0 0
87  Serbia 5 0 0
88  Lesotho 9 0 0
89  China 4 0 0
90  Estonia 6 0 0
91  Turkey 4 0 0
References: ESPNcricinfo, ICC T20I rankings, Updated on 06 December 2021
"Matches" is the number of matches played in the 12-24 months since the May before last, plus half the number in the 24 months before that.
ICC Women's T20I Rankings
Rank Team Matches Points Rating
1  Australia 33 9,600 291
2  England 39 11,060 284
3  New Zealand 31 8,275 267
4  India 40 10,625 266
5  South Africa 32 8,048 252
6  West Indies 31 7,468 241
7  Pakistan 30 6,778 226
8  Sri Lanka 18 3,631 202
9  Bangladesh 26 5,001 192
10  Ireland 24 3,948 170
11  Thailand 29 4,667 161
12  Zimbabwe 21 3,287 157
13  Scotland 18 2,754 153
14    Nepal 11 1,457 132
15  Papua New Guinea 11 1,423 129
16  Samoa 6 749 125
17  United Arab Emirates 11 1,330 121
18  Uganda 19 2,127 112
19  Tanzania 18 1,956 109
20  Netherlands 17 1,527 90
21  Indonesia 13 1,129 87
22  Kenya 14 1,179 84
23  Namibia 28 2,270 81
24  Germany 20 1,410 71
25  Hong Kong 13 875 67
26  China 11 698 63
27  United States 10 610 61
28  Brazil 17 940 55
29  Vanuatu 6 324 54
30  Japan 5 260 52
31  Rwanda 21 1,025 49
32  Belize 6 269 45
33  Myanmar 5 212 42
34  Kuwait 8 337 42
35  Malaysia 17 687 40
36  Jersey 4 160 40
37  Canada 8 303 38
38  Nigeria 19 602 32
39  Sierra Leone 10 316 32
40  Botswana 20 594 30
41  France 12 315 26
42  Oman 9 233 26
43  Argentina 15 345 23
44  Bhutan 4 91 23
45  Austria 16 296 19
46  South Korea 4 73 18
47  Malawi 10 158 16
48  Chile 10 124 12
49  Singapore 6 61 10
50  Costa Rica 7 68 10
51  Mozambique 17 97 6
52  Mexico 7 33 5
53  Peru 8 0 0
54  Mali 3 0 0
55  Fiji 6 0 0
56  Lesotho 3 0 0
57  Norway 4 0 0
References: ICC Women's T20I Rankings, ESPNcricinfo, Updated on 10 November 2021

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