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Chris Gayle becomes first batsman to reach 10,000 runs in T20 cricket: Twitter fans erupt in joy!

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Chris Gayle made the milestone while batting for RCB in IPL against Gujarat Lions at Rajkot.

West Indies opener Chris Gayle on Tuesday became the first batsman to score 10,000 runs in Twenty20 cricket. The 37-year-old reached the milestone while batting for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 against Gujarat Lions at Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) Stadium in Rajkot. At the start of the match, he had 9,997 runs against his name and reached the feat after scoring required three runs. With the new achievement, he has become the first player to score more than 10,000 runs in three levels — first-class, list-A, and T20s. He made 77 off just 38 balls, which included seven thunderous sixes.

Also, it is being said that Gayle may end up being the only player in the exclusive club of 10,000 runs in T20 cricket.  No other batsman has even crossed 8,000 runs in T20s with second highest run scorer being former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum who made 7524. It is followed by Brad Hodge (7338) and David Warner (7156). The visitors were in high spirits as Gayle along with skipper Virat Kohli (64) made 122 runs in 13 overs. Gayle’s runs included with five boundaries and seven sixes while Kohli blasted seven fours and one six. In earlier matches, his scores were 32, 6 and 22. Twitter went gaga as Gayle made the mark with Twitterati sharing congratulatory messages.

Here is what Twitterati reacted:

Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle celebrating Vijay Mallya’s bail…😂😂😂 #IPL#IPLT20

Basil Thampi completes his spell. 4 overs, 30 runs and 1 wicket of Chris Gayle. Well bowled!

10,000 T20 runs for Chris Gayle🙏😵
What a Legend he is!
The GODZILLA OF T20
The run machine of T20
Take a bow Champion..🙏

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Chris Gayle becomes first batsman to score 10,000 T20 runs, he reached the milestone in RCB’s match against Gujarat Lions.

Times have changed. Even Chris Gayle is taking singles even when the ball is inside the circle..

Who would have imagined that a player would score 10k in T20!! The boss of this game @henrygayle

Well done to @henrygayle on 10000 t20 runs. Biggest hitter in the game by a long way.

Massive congratulations to @henrygayle on 10000 T20runs. What a player he has been! @RCBTweets

Chris Gayle in T20s has MOST….
Runs: 10074
100s: 18
50+ scores: 79
6s: 743
MoMs: 46

Also…
Hs score: 175*
Fastest 100: 30 balls

Chris Gayle accomplished his first 50 this IPL and celebrated with Salt Bae meme instead of a victory sign.

Chris Gayle: 10,000 T20 runs. An immense achievement by a colossus of a cricketer. 44.16% have come in sixes; 30.56% in fours.

Gayle, who has scores of 32, 06, 22 and 77 against his name this IPL, was dropped against Kings XI Punjab and Rising Pune Supergiant. He has been instrumental in RCB’s success and his team will now be hoping that he continues his good show. Meanwhile, RCB with the win over Gujarat Lions climbed to the sixth position. Gayle made most of his T20 runs for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Now he has scored 3,283 runs for his team, 1,519 for the West Indies national team and 1,452 for his local franchise Jamaica Tallawahs.

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