Gayle wanted the 10,000 ‘so badly’

 . Last updated on April 19, 2017, 3:17 PM
Gayle wanted the 10,000 ‘so badly’
Chris Gayle became the first cricketer to aggregate 10,000 T20 runs in the Rajkot match.


Gayle played as a match winner for the first time this season in IPL. His strike, 77 off 38 was substantial to push Bangalore’s score to 213, coming up as the highest total for the team so far in the current tournament. An accolade of the 21-run victory certainly goes to Chris Gayle. The Caribbean batsman, however, achieved another rare milestone in the match. He became the first player to score aggregate 10,000 T20 runs. Gayle did it in style, after a gap in his performance since several matches. Since the last couple of fixtures, the player was struck at about 25 runs to the milestone. Gayle even made a way out to AB de Villiers in a previous match when he needed paltry runs to reach the figure.

Before the match, Chris only required three more runs to reach 10,000. The player mentioned that his team mate Samuel Badree ‘reminded’ him about the landmark he was approaching. Samuel asked Gayle to make sure he score at least the three run in the match. In the stretch, Gayle hammered seven sixes. As he said, it was the time that eventually paid off. He said it was a great fun and he felt it good to be back. On his own words, “the universe boss is still here and still alive.” Gayle wanted it badly and getting the 10,000 runs was his first priority when he came to bat. The player is glad to achieve and he said it was a “privilege to be actually the first person to get there.”

Off late, Gayle was being though a long stretch of dip in his performance as an IPL batsman. He played 17 innings without a single half century and has been a slow striker. This dropped him from the top XI and it was skipper Virat Kohli who brought up him again on the squad. Prior to Kohli’s comeback, Gayle was rested on account of AB de Villiers, who returned from an injury. In the after-match interview, Gayle said that it’s never too old to learn and the player seem to gain his new momentum in the tournament. He thanked the franchises stating they are ‘fantastic’ and hopes to keep on entertaining his fans.

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