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IPL 2017: Chris Gayle First To Reach 10,000 T20 Runs

Royal Challengers Bangalore opener Chris Gayle further cemented his status as arguably the greatest ever Twenty20 player by becoming the first man on the planet to score 10,000 runs in the shortest format of the game.

The hard-hitting Jamaican batsman achieved the incredible feat when he crossed the three-run mark in the ongoing match against Gujarat Lions.

The southpaw needed 63 runs before the start of the Indian Premier League but failed to do so in the three matches that he played prior to this match.

His scores in the first two games were 32 and six before he faced the axe for the third match. He was included in the playing eleven during the match against Mumbai Indians on Friday (April 14) but was dismissed by Hardik Pandya on 22.

However, he was once again dropped from the team for the last game against Rising Pune Supergiant.

One of the most destructive batsman of this generation, Gayle has almost all the batting records in T20. He has most centuries (18), half-centuries (60), sixes (735) and fours (764), all from 289 matches.

Former New Zealand skipper and Gujarat Lions opener Brendon McCullum with 7524 runs is second to him. Brad Hodge (7338), David Warner (7156) and Kieron Pollard (7087) complete the top five list.

*Stats are up to April 18, 2017, when the IPL match was being played Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Lions.

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