Gujarat Lions v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2017, Rajkot April 18, 2017

'I wanted this so badly' - Chris Gayle

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Gayle's 10,000-run landmark in T20s

Chris Gayle's first significant contribution in IPL 2017 - a 38-ball 77 - helped Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Gujarat Lions by 21 runs in Rajkot to lift themselves off the bottom of the table. Victory aside, the innings was special for Gayle, who became the first batsman to bring up 10,000 T20 runs.

Brought in as a replacement for the injured AB de Villiers, he put together a 122-run opening stand with Virat Kohli as Royal Challengers blasted 213 for 2, the highest total of the season. But much before unleashing mayhem, it was a single that brought him much relief.

"Samuel Badree reminded me before the game and said 'Chris only three more runs to go, make sure you get it' so it was actually playing on my mind a bit," he said of the landmark. "Once I crossed the line, I said: 'listen it's time to have a go and then it eventually paid off, so I am really happy to get the runs."

By the time Gayle walked off, he had blasted five fours and seven monstrous sixes. "People are still looking out for Chris Gayle. The universe boss is still here and still alive," he said. "It was great fun. You know it's good to be back. I wanted this so badly, but first of all to get 10,000 runs, it was actually on my mind, so I'm glad to get that sort of achievement. It's a privilege to actually be the first person to get there. Hopefully I can continue entertaining the fans."

Gayle had the lowest strike rate among openers who had played 50 balls this season before coming into the game. An aspect he corrected on Tuesday. The trigger was Ravindra Jadeja's second over, in which he hit two fours and two sixes. The key to his effort was the manner in which he held his shape and didn't slog wildly. "It's not really premeditated, it just comes natural, to be honest," he said. "Over the years, 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."

In his hour of glory, Gayle didn't forget to thank everyone who helped him get there. "I just want to thank the fans and all the franchises where I have actually played around the world. Even playing for West Indies as well. At the end of the day, they have actually played a part in this 10,000 runs as well. So, I want to thank all the franchises. It has been fantastic and like I said still I have a lot more to offer to the fans. Hopefully, I can keep entertaining and get a few more thousand runs under my belt."

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  • randolf on April 29, 2017, 12:29 GMT

    I'm not surprised that all and sundry has conceded that my argument is the unvarnished truth. It looks so easy, but there aew definitely no alternatives to the facts here presented - the real truth about batting has now been revealed - once and for all. Of course it's cricket we are talking; and specifically batting in cricket under the "most difficult demands": compiling huge scores consistently under the "most limited circumstances" - 'time and deliveries'; and Chris Gayle has been peerless in his ability to adjust to the necessary requirements to be consistently produce "awesome" performaces - this is how you confidently know who is the best (again, "we're talking batting in cricket"). And, all the contemporary names have come up against him; but he has dwarfed them all.

  • randolf on April 22, 2017, 15:47 GMT

    For those people who are making the "no-point" about bowling quality in domestic league competitions (IPL, BBL, et al), I am encouraging them to look at the match between Mumbai Indians and Delhi dare devils in progress right now, to see the quality of bowling that is on display - the norm in these competitions all the time. So far, we have seen K Rabada, P Cummings, Zaheer Khan, Amit Mishra - all word class bowlers. I'm only backing up my assessment of the best batsman of All Time with facts as usual, showing how uninformed some of critics are.

  • Derek on April 21, 2017, 23:11 GMT

    CHRIS_P how does the great loyal Sir Viv put food on the table today? One hopes when the so called "mercenaries" retire it means retire. Im sure Gayle has more trophies than Bill Gates. Professional sport is about earning as much as possible when you are commanding market interest.

  • randolf on April 20, 2017, 14:22 GMT

    Cont'd: I submitted the names of all the great bowlers of Gayle's time. Each combination of them suffered embarrassingly at every wield of his bat - in the most arrogant and consistent fashion in all 3 formats, especially the T/20, which is most difficult to score so many runs - that's why he must be hailed, the "KING of batting"! Worship him! Also, most of us have never seen Bradman; and Sobers, Viv Richards and Lara never got any real chance to prove themselves; all the other modern batsmen did, with significant T/20 careers - but they never looked half the class of Gayle in the most modern format. Hence, I think that only those four players in their heyday, might have given him a run for his money - the way they played. But I'm not so sure they could have either; so, Chris must be declared the "greatest of All Time"! He made these runs for the paying public; who really appreciate the UNIVERSE BOSS, for the joy they experience at every moment of his batting - that's all that matters!

  • randolf on April 20, 2017, 13:58 GMT

    As people continue to write balderdash relating to the achievements of the "greatest batsman of All Time", let me remind them who are the bowlers that he has compiled the runs against: Mutiah Muralitharan (the "greatest bowler of All Time"); Shane Warne (the "2nd greatest bowler of All Time"). He scored the first ever T/20 Int'l 100 off "57 BALLS" in a "WORLD CUP MATCH" against a combination of the bowlers in brackets: (Shaun Pollock + M Ntini + Mornie Morkel +Vernon Philander). Other bowlers who suffered the humiliation of his T/20 bat, domestically and/or internationally include: Glenn Mc Grath, Bret Lee (more than anyone else); Dale Steyn; L Malinga; Shane Bond; Shoaib Akhtar; M Johnson; J Anderson; S Broad; G Swan; A Kumble; R Herath; Harbhajan Singh; Umar Gul, Shahid Afridi; R Ashwin; R Jadeja; A Flintoff, D Vettori; T Southee; T Boult; et al. Note: there's always a combination of at least 3 of such bowlers in every match - domestic or intern'l. Hail Chris - greatest of them all!

  • ram4fr9677970 on April 20, 2017, 12:28 GMT

    RCB not backing any youngsters?. See Sun risers or Pune, they bring some new youngsters!. but RCB?. RCB have fast bowlers like Avesh Khan and Ankit. they have batsmen like Vinod, Sachin baby. Is they have good chance to any one properly?. MY RCB team : Gayle, Kholi, Head, Kedar, Vinod, Baby/Binny, Negi, Miles, AveshKhan/Aravind/Ankit, Chahel, Badree/Mlind

    Please go with this Combination. they will play well and chances given to right guys atleast?.

  • RAVISHGOWDA on April 20, 2017, 11:49 GMT

    I salute to Universe Boss Chris Gayle, The Universe boss satisfied all T20 Fans with his batting

  • Speak on April 20, 2017, 11:35 GMT

    WHOA........ EGO can be destructive in many ways

  • Vishnu on April 20, 2017, 8:34 GMT

    Universe boss? A good hitter of the ball but equally delusional.

  • Swapnil on April 20, 2017, 7:26 GMT

    Gayles record in T20 is phenomenal. But here is the catch, you often play substandard bowling in T20 leagues, there are very few bowlers who can challenge an international batsmen. Gayle on the other hand has very few things to show in international cricket. And most of these run has been scored for a franchise not the his country so this is an extremely personal achievement.

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