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:
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.