Arguably one of the most powerful and feared cricketers in limited-overs cricket, Christopher Henry Gayle became the first-ever batsman to go past 10,000 runs in the shortest version of the game. The left-hander was back to his prolific best, playing a blinder of an innings against Gujarat Lions (GL) last night.
The Jamaican marauder, who was earlier struggling to score runs, proved his detractors wrong with a 38-ball 77 decorated with five exquisite fours and seven towering sixes. It was a sight that every Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) fan had been waiting to see.
But, the best seat in the Rajkot stadium was probably held by RCB captain Virat Kohli who was equally impressed as the fans to see Gayle in full flow from the other end. While Kohli himself was exuberant in his 50-ball 64, the Delhi lad couldn’t hide his emotions after Gayle achieved the unique milestone.
After their 21-run win over Gujarat, Kohli took up the mantle of TV anchor and got down to interviewing Gayle. And as the interview progressed, the two T20 phenoms cracked up and collapsed laughing.
This is how their conversation went:
Kohli: Chris, how does it feel to open the innings with me?
Gayle: It’s a great feeling to open the innings with you. It’s an absolute pleasure mate. You’re a legend and you have many more runs to score. It’s a privilege to actually watch you from the other end and to see you score fluently. Well done on your career so far and I wish you many many more from my heart. Seriously.
Kohli: It was our 10th 100-run partnership in T20s and it is a record. You got to 10000 runs at an average of 40 and a strike-rate of 149 and 18 hundreds. It is a crazy stat. It has been my privilege to open with you.
Gayle: It’s fantastic to get to 10,000 runs and share that moment with you. We have had a lot of partnerships and it is really great. Also, to be able to play for a great franchise like the RCB is superb. Since I joined this franchise, things have gone great for me as well from a personal point of view, so I am very thankful for that. You guys have been special and it is special to share the dressing room with you. We have a lot of talent, many youngsters and it is good fun. It has been an absolute pleasure.
The RCB openers, Kohli and Gayle, were involved in a 122-run opening stand which guided their team to an unassailable 213/2 and eventually a much-needed win over Gujarat.