West Indies batsman Chris Gayle made history by becoming the first player ever to score 10,000 runs in T20 format and his incredible hitting has helped Royal Challengers Bangalore post a massive 213 runs at the end of the first innings against Gujarat Lions.
The southpaw was under tremendous pressure to deliver, as he was dropped from the team initially but later brought back for this game and Gayle has made the most of the opportunity, as he scored an impressive 77 runs in just 38 balls which featured five fours and seven sixes.
Speaking at the end of the innings, Gayle said:
“It was great fun. Good to be back. I wanted this so badly. 10000 runs was on my mind. Badree told me before the match that I am three runs short. It’s a privilege to actually be the first to score 10,000 T20 runs. Pleased to get 77 runs. Hopefully, we can finish off with a win tonight. It (10,000 runs milestone) was actually playing on my mind a bit but once I got there, I thought it’s time to have a go and it eventually paid off.”
“I have a great bat, the Spartan bat. Virat batted well. Great partnership between Jadhav and Head. Hopefully, the bowlers can utilise the wicket; variation is key on this wicket.”
The legendary left-handed batsman has also revealed that he will put up the bat up for auction alongside his gold dust Spartan bat, as he is set to donate the proceedings to Chris Gayle foundation.
“The bat I got to 10,000 runs with be in the auction and the money will go to charity. I wanted to use a gold bat tonight (laughs). Look for the Chris Gayle foundation… (he goes on to add that a special gold bat will go to the auctions, too).”
The 37-year old power hitter had further insisted,
“(Hitting sixes) is not really premeditated; comes naturally to me. Want to thank all the franchises and West Indies. I want to keep entertaining and get a few more thousand runs.”
A win in the game would be a huge boost for RCB, as the team has looked poor so far this season and are currently languishing at the bottom of the table.
Gayle would have surely ensured that he is in fine form after the knock and is set to play a massive role in RCB’s campaign in the upcoming games.