Self-proclaimed Universe Boss & swashbuckling West Indies opener Chris Gayle made T20 history by becoming the first cricketer to reach 10,000 runs in the format.
Starting the day on 9,997 runs, Gayle, who has been out of form, completed the landmark in untypical fashion with three singles, but exploded after that.
The boss of T20 cricket reaches a massive landmark!Chris Gayle: 10,000 T20 runs. pic.twitter.com/cxWNgreZqe— ScoopWhoop News (@scoopwhoopnews) April 18, 2017
Gayle returned to form with a blistering 38-ball 77-run innings to power Royal Challengers Bangalore to a massive 213 -2 against Gujarat Lions in their IPL match in Rajkot on Tuesday.
Invited to bat, Gayle and skipper Kohli gave Bangalore a blistering start as they amassed 45 in the first six overs and then went on to forge a 122-run opening partnership off 76 balls at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium.
Gayle's innings was studded with five boundaries and seven massive sixes, while Kohli blasted seven fours and one six in his 50-ball innings.
First to 10k runs:FC - WG Grace (24 Jul 1873)List A - Glenn Turner (15 Jan 1983)T20 - Chris Gayle (18 Apr 2017) H/t to @SeerviBharath pic.twitter.com/ZDUQ0LishE— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) April 18, 2017
Kohli took the early initiative as he picked up a boundary each in the first two overs before picking Dhawal Kulkarni for a special treatment, blasting three fours of the third over.
The West Indies batsman then blasted one over mid-off to score his first six of the innings. He then sent young mystery spinner Shivil Kaushik for another maximum over long-off in the seventh over.
Gayle then exploded with successive fours and a six off left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja. He also blasted the last delivery of the over for a maximum but he was brilliantly caught by Brendon McCullum at the long-off boundary.
But the West Indies batsman survived after replays showed that McCullum's hat had touched the boundary line.
Gayle made Lions pay as he brought up his fifty with a massive six over long on into the top-tier off Kaushik in the 10th over and then clobbered Dwayne Smith for another six as RCB reached the 100-mark.
The dashing opener sent Smith out of the park again for another six in the fourth ball over long-on as RCB picked 17 runs off the over. In the 13th over, Basil Thampi finally dismissed Gayle when he trapped him leg before to break the partnership.
Here's how the cricket fraternity reacted to Gayle's landmark.
Who would have imagined that a player would score 10k in T20!! The boss of this game @henrygayle— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 18, 2017
And of course, the man who has been in the news all day for non-cricketing reasons. took time to tweet his congratulations as well.
Congrats Henry Gayle @henrygayle Universe Boss for an incredible 10,000 runs in T20 cricket— Vijay Mallya (@TheVijayMallya) April 18, 2017
With PTI inputs