Gayle reaches 10000 T20 runs

West Indies' explosive batsman Chris Gayle on Tuesday reached the pinnacle of his illustrious T20 career as the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) front man became the first batsman to register 10,000 in T20 cricket.

Gayle achieved the milestone in his 290th Twenty20 match - running three singles off his first five deliveries.

Gayle returned to form for the Royal Challengers Bangalore as he scored 77 runs in just 38 balls with 7 sixes and 5 fours.

In Gujurat's six-wicket loss to Mumbai Indians on Sunday, he hit an up-tempo 64 off 44 balls, adding to his 49 off 32 in the Lions' seven-wicket win over Rising Pune Supergiant two days earlier.

Before the game, he was on 9,997 runs and after being brought in as a replacement for AB de Villiers, Gayle was relieved to have gotten past the landmark. The difference in run aggregate between Gayle and the next-highest in the T20s - Brendon McCullum (7524 runs from 272 matches) of New Zealand - is 2550. Gayle's dominance over the format can be gauged by the fact that the number two batsman is almost 2,500 runs behind him. Defending a massive total, RCB spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Pawan Negi bowled well to contain GL well below their total.

Kohli also impressed with the willow as he struck a six and seven boundaries in his entertaining 50-ball knock.

The West Indies batsman then blasted one over mid-off to score his first six of the innings. In a light-hearted interview following the match, Kohli is seen striking a fun note with Gayle, asking how the latter felt opening with him.

The trigger in Thursday's game was the second over from Ravindra Jadeja, in which he hit two fours and as many sixes.

Kohli, during the interview, also reminded Gayle that their opening stand of 122 runs against Gujarat Lions was their 10 100 runs partnership as well. He picked up three important wickets that swung the match decisively in RCB's favour. Pleased to get 77 runs.

The Gayle show was eventually over in the 13th over, with Basil Thampi - who continued his impressive performance, combining ideal yorkers with a variety of slower balls - trapping him in front of the wickets.

  • Julie Sanders