Bangalore v Pune, IPL 2013, Bangalore April 23, 2013

'Everything went right for me today' - Gayle

ESPNcricinfo staff

Chris Gayle's 175 that demolished Pune Warriors took only 66 deliveries, and included 17 sixes. While that may seem like the very definition of sustained hitting, and makes it hard to imagine a period where the batsman took it easy, Gayle spoke about how he paced his innings.

"I didn't want to just get the hundred and continue blasting and blasting and get out, you know how quickly this game can change," Gayle said after delivering a 130-run victory for Royal Challengers Bangalore. He reached his hundred off 30 deliveries in the ninth over, before taking it slightly easy for the next few overs.

"I wanted to stay there till the end, make sure I bat at least 18 overs, if not all, which I did, I look on that as a point of view, where I try and bat as many overs as possible, get the hundred, and then actually let Dilly [Tillakaratne Dilshan] take charge while I get a break and pick it up back in the end."

Having broken the record for the fastest T20 hundred, the highest individual score in T20 and the most sixes in an innings, Gayle said it was too soon for him to gauge the magnitude of his achievement. "Words can't explain how I feel, I think later on tonight when I am by myself I can look back and reflect on what I've done today," he said. "I'm grateful, overall from a team point of view, I'm really happy with the win, that put us on top of the table, just one of those innings, one of these days when you come out and things go according to how you want it to."

Aaron Finch, the Warriors captain, watched helplessly as his bowlers, and his own bowling, was ruthlessly taken apart by Gayle. There were no qualifiers in his praise for Gayle. "That was simply the best innings I've ever seen," Finch said. He later joked: "Maybe we should ban him from the game. Maybe he's too good, he hits it too far."

Virat Kohli, Royal Challengers' captain, was left "speechless". "No words. I cannot ask for anything more as a captain," Kohli said after the game. "I'm privileged that I watched it here today live. All the people who came to the stadium today also should feel honoured that they got to see one of the best innings ever."

Dilshan, who partnered Gayle through most of his assault, was equally awestruck. "I've batted with him in the last IPL too and he scored a couple of hundreds. But this was something special," he said. "In my career this was the first time I saw someone hit the ball so cleanly. I was just standing at the other end and enjoying every bit of it."

It wasn't just with the bat that Gayle did damage. Asked to bowl the final over of the match - his first chance with the ball this IPL season - he picked up two wickets, before celebrating with his famous Gangnam Style dance. "It was really good to finish off in that particular way, " he said. "Some people keep on asking, 'they have seen me do Gangnam Style in international cricket, why not in IPL?' I thought that was the perfect time to do it, you get a wicket, everything just worked for Chris Gayle today … I'm an entertainer, I try to entertain as much as possible."

With Warriors conceding a record 263 runs - the most in the history of Twenty20s - Gayle was asked whether he felt sorry for the bowler s. "Sometimes I get knocked over first ball, I would love to ask the bowler as well 'Do you feel sorry for me'. We're paid to be competitive out there, serious event the IPL, lot of money being spent, you want to put on your best performance at all times."

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  • Vijay on April 27, 2013, 1:08 GMT

    On the day of batting heroics of Chris Gayle of scoring 175 runs off only 30 ball in the IPL cricket match between Bangalore and Pune, I was listening to NPR radio and lo and behold there was the story of Chris Gay, the Houdini of the art of jail-breaking, who once stole the travelling bus of the famous country singer, Crystal Gayle! The day belonged to Chris! Chris Gay is a "folk hero" for song writers and future movie-makers which parallels Chris Gayle's historic performance catapulting him as the cricketing "folk hero".

  • Dummy4 on April 26, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    @cricpolitics.... Dude......Lighten up man......IPL is cool and so is International cricket

  • Shahid on April 25, 2013, 3:33 GMT

    I am waiting for the day when this extra long IPL season ends. It is just ridiculous and a road block to international cricket.

  • Dummy4 on April 25, 2013, 2:20 GMT

    great match Gayle....Always enjoying the game while he is batting

  • ERROL on April 25, 2013, 0:58 GMT

    @RajArya if this was not fantastic then what is ? and how come no other batter has ever come close. Gayle hit all six delivery in the first over of a Test Match to the boundary against England. Maybe you have never played the game so you can't get the concept of that innings. Everyone who understand cricket know that Gayle is the most fared batter in the game right now.

  • Dummy4 on April 25, 2013, 0:30 GMT


    If you consider Gayle's innings good and not fantastic I would love to be around when an innings comes along that you actually deem fantastic. Personally I could not disagree with you more. 6 sixes in an over is 6 balls, maybe 10 minutes tops of concentration. However to make 175 off less than 70 balls now that is concentration, power and talent.

  • A on April 24, 2013, 21:11 GMT

    He missed a double century.

  • Dummy4 on April 24, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    well the wicb mustbe saying we have create a monster out of gayle by dissing him and he went to the ipl with one thing in mind and is to prove them wrong and he's until this day if they did have him playing for the wi that year he wouldn't have been there with such fire to prove them wrong and some people saying he can't make runs in international go check and see who made the first t20 centuryin yhe first t20 world cup in sa the only person don't happy for what he has accomplish its the bad mind grudgeful ones and that too help him for who god bless no man cruse the only thing left is to wins the championship and i hope this is the year

  • Dummy4 on April 24, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    One can not compare Don Bradman with Chris Gayle. Bradman did what he could in the 1930`s and 40`s and Gayle did what he could in traditional Tests and the modern permutations of cricket. Brian Lara retired the year before IPL 1 and we could only speculate as to how he would have performed in T20 cricket. I wonder what kind of money was offered to him to play in the IPL.

  • Stefan on April 24, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    @RajArya...Are you kidding? The attacks in the IPL are somewhat international, the teams have international players don't they? The bowlers that were left in awe i believe they have represented their respective countries....haven't they? To try and take away from what Gayle has done by bringing Yuvraj into this, good player as he may be, he certainly cannot match what Gayle has done. Have a look at each players' page on Cricinfo and see who has the better record. This must be a joke. FANTASTIC!!!!