Spartan superstar Chris Gayle has created cricket history overnight, becoming the first player to hit 10,000 T20 career runs.
The milestone came on just the fifth delivery he faced in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s much-needed 21-run victory over Gujarat Lions in Rajkot.
It was an uncharacteristic, nervous edge which brought up the five-figures for Gayle, but from then on, it was a feast of the trademark fireworks we have come to expect from the Universe Boss.
“It was actually playing on my mind a bit but once I got across the line I said ‘ok listen mate it’s time to have a go’ and then eventually it paid off so I’m really happy to get the runs,” Gayle said during an interview with the host broadcaster during the innings break.
He proceeded to reel off seven sixes and five boundaries in a swashbuckling 77 from just 37 balls faced to set up RCB’s match-winning 2-213.
It included yet another century stand with captain Virat Kohli – the tenth time the duo have combined for three figures for the RCB franchise.
“It’s fantastic and to actually share that special moment today as well, it’s fantastic,” Gayle said in a special interview with Kohli for the IPL website.
“We’ve got a lot of hundred partnerships. Its really, really great and to play at such a great franchise as well, it’s really super as well. Since I’ve joined this franchise things have been going great for me as well from a personal point of view as well so I’m very, very thankful for that.”
Gayle brought up the 10,000-run milestone in his 290th game for both country and franchises around the world. It includes 18 centuries at an average of just under 41 and a strike-rate of 149.
He sits 2478 runs clear of the second highest run-scorer Brendon McCullum. The New Zealander has played just 18 games less than Gayle.
But it is Gayle’s power that has been his signature move throughout his career and it was appropriate that his half-century overnight should be brought up with a towering six.
An astonishing 75% of all of Gayle’s runs in the T20 format have come in boundaries, with 769 fours and 743 sixes. His six count is a massive 284 more than the next best – Kieron Pollard.
“It’s a privilege to be the first person to get 10,000 T20 runs and hopefully I can continue entertaining the fans,” he said.
“It’s fantastic. I have a great bat. You know the Spartan bat put a bit of salt on it as well so it was very, very special.”
The 10,000 runs have been scored across 18 teams around the world and includes two World Twenty20 titles for the West Indies.
“I want to thank the fans and all the franchises that I’ve actually played at around the world. The West Indies as well. At the end of the day they actually played a part in this 10,000 runs as well so I want to thank all the franchises. It’s been fantastic. I still have a lot more to offer to the fans and hopefully I can keep entertaining and get a few more thousand runs under my belt.”
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