Chris Gayle’s barren run with the bat came to an abrupt end in a stunning innings that saw the West Indian at his very best to seal Royal Challengers Bangalore [RCB] victory over the struggling Gujarat Lions on Tuesday night.
It’s fair to say Gayle has not been in great form recently, a run that has even seen him being dropped from the RCB playing XI in this season’s Indian Premier League [IPL].
Niggles to AB de Villiers and Samuel Badree saw the West Indian opener return to the line-up in the match against the Gujarat Lions and he did not disappoint. He needed just three runs to become the first batsman to reach 10,000 runs in T20 cricket and once he got to the mark, Gayle moved into fifth gear in next to no time.Gayle had one moment of fortune during his knock when he was caught spectacularly in the outfield by Brendon McCullum, but the former New Zealand captain’s sun hat touched the boundary cushion and Gayle survived. The left-handed opener would end up hitting five fours and seven sixes en route to scoring 77 from just 38 deliveries. Gayle was well supported by Royal Challengers captain Virat Kohli as the duo put on a 122-run partnership for the first wicket, their 10th-century stand together, which is a record in T20 cricket.