The most destructive batsman in the world some may say; well now it is statistically backed up.
The undisputed king of the IPL, Chris Gayle is certainly no stranger to smashing the ball beyond the boundary ropes and into the crowd; a style of play that has made him the most feared batsmen in the world in limited overs cricket.
The West Indian power hitter has blossomed in the past four years at the Royal Challengers Bangalore after a seemingly slow start to his career in the world’s most watched T20 league with the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Since his move to Bangalore, the left-handed opener has set the IPL alight despatching most bowling attacks that have tried to toil him.
On this destructive path, Gayle has set that many records; it is a record in itself.
Chris Gayle: The IPL in numbers
175 – Gayle’s most outstanding moment in a cricket shirt came when he scored an absolutely memorising 175* against the now dissolved Pune Warriors in 2013.
30 – One of the many records set in the historic knock of 175 came when he scored his century in only 30 balls – a feat that has never been achieved by anyone in the history of the game.
263 – Scoring 175 of 263, Gayle helped the Bangalore contingent reach a record team score, a record that still stands to this day.
17 – The amount of sixes hit by the West Indian opener in his special innings; a record that may never be beaten.
500 – It is no surprise then that Gayle, who holds the record for most sixes in a single innings, also tops the chart for most maximums in T20 history, reaching the landmark after he despatched Rajasthan Royals bowler Tim Southee over long off in this year’s IPL to bring up his 500th maximum.
37 - The amount of runs that Gayle hit in one over against the Chennai Super Kings in 2011.The 7-ball over that was bowled by Prasanth Parameswaran saw four maximums and three boundaries being hit as well as one no ball being bowled.
2 – The West Indian international became the first and to this day the only man, to have hit two centuries in one edition of the IPL; a feat he managed in 2011, as well as adding one more to his collection in 2012.
700 – Records just kept on stacking up for the Bangalore man, as he became the first man to score over 700 runs in a single edition of the IPL. If that was not breathtaking enough, the left-hander continued sprawling misery on bowlers as he scored 700+ runs in the IPL for the second year running.
A Slow Burner
Very few would have thought that a batsman that went unlisted in the 2011 IPL draft would go onto to become THE most destructive batsman in T20 cricket.
The records list that Gayle has amassed during his time in the IPL is nothing short of legendary and will be talked about for years to come.
However, the Royal Challengers opener has not showed the form that we all know he is capable of during this year’s IPL; it will be common knowledge now that no one can take it easy against the big man in the remaining group games though.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore have endured the worst start to an IPL campaign in their history this season.
However, with players like Gayle, AB de Villiers and skipper Virat Kohli in the ranks, they are still firmly in with a shot of qualifying for the knockout phase and win the tournament outright for the first time.