Swashbuckling West Indies opener Chris Gayle described it as a “special occasion” to become the first cricketer to score 10,000 runs in Twenty20 cricket.

The self-proclaimed “Universe Boss” Gayle also warned his rival IPL teams, saying he is still here and alive after he returned to form with a smashing 77 against Gujarat Lions to guide RCB to 21-run win.

“I like that name (Universe-Boss). Fans want to watch Chris Gayle, it’s been fantastic. A special occasion to reach 10000 runs. People still looking out for Chris Gayle. The Universe Boss is still here and still alive,” said Gayle, who was adjudged the Man of the Match.

Talking about his stance, Gayle said: “A lot of guys spoke to me about my stance. Even Shaun Pollock spoke to me about my stance. You’re never too old to learn.”

Lavishing praise on Gayle for his superb innings, captain Virat Kohli said: “Chris took his opportunity beautifully. He batting like that allows me to bat through the innings, and I can chip my way out. We thought we were 30 runs above par.”

The spinners – Yuzvendra Chahal (3/31) and Pawan Negi (1/21) played a pivotal role in the 21-run win and Kohli showered accolades on the duo.

“Negi was outstanding, very brave, not getting scared. Not many people believe in his abilities. Chahal is not scared, his biggest plus point is he always wants to take wickets,” he said.

And the fun did not stop at the post-match presentation. Kohli interviewed Gayle for the IPL website and the two showed that they share a wonderful chemistry. While Gayle was all praise for Kohli’s abilities, wishing “from his heart” that he goes on to score many more runs, the Indian captain was equally proud of completing their 10th century partnership in T20s, a new record.

Watch the full interview here on the IPL T20 website.