Virender Sehwag lavished praise on West Indian swashbuckling Chris Gayle, calling him the Don Bradman of T20 cricket. Chris Gayle went past 1000 T20 sixes in Kings XI Punjab’s match against Rajasthan Royals in their IPL 2020 clash in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
Chris Gayle was at his destructive best on Friday as he hit as many as 8 sixes and 6 boundaries on his way to 99 off 63 balls and took Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) to a respectable 185/4 wickets in 20 overs. The former West Indies captain was denied his record 23rd T20 ton when Jofra Archer bowled him off the fourth ball of the last over.
Virender Sehwag : Chris Gayle Is T20’s Don Bradman
Left-handed Gayle hit six fours and eight sixes on his way to 99 off 63 balls. He put up a 120-run stand for the second wicket with skipper KL Rahul who scored 46 before a 41-run stand with Nicholas Pooran, in which the latter did much of the scoring by playing a cameo of 22 off 10 balls.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 30, 2020
Virender Sehwag praised Chris Gayle in a tweet, saying that undoubtedly Chris Gayle is the greatest that there has ever been in T20 cricket even comparing him to the legendary Don Bradman who averaged 99 in Tests. Virender Sehwag was a dashing batsman and played mostly as an opener.
Chris Gayle Hits 1000 Sixes In T20 Cricket
Chris Gayle surpassed 1,000 sixes in the shortest format of the game. As far as his record is concerned, he is miles ahead of other players in the list. The second place goes to Keiron Pollard with 690 hits over the boundary, while Brendon McCullum has 485 to his name. The closest Indian to this record is Rohit Sharma with 376 sixes.
After his innings, Gayle said, “It was a good knock. I thought 180 is a good total. The wicket is good, and it will get better in the night. Getting out on 99 is unfortunate, but I have been there and done that.”
Talking about the Jofra Archer ball that got him out, he said, “It was a good ball. This happens.”
It seems like he wasn’t even aware of the record that he became the first player to hit 1000 sixes.
“Oh 1000 maximums? Another record. Still have to be hitting it well at the age of 41. Got to give thanks for that. To those who wanted a century, I am sorry I missed out today, but in my mind it is a century, all right?”
Chris Gayle is the only player to hit more than 300 sixes in IPL apart from registering the highest individual score in IPL and also T20- a magnificent 175 not out against defunct Pune Warriors. He also has most centuries in IPL – 6. Chris Gayle also has 22 T20 centuries which is 14 more than the next. He is also leading run-scorer in T20s.