After having stroked a match-winning half-century in the last game against the SunRisers Hyderabad, Chris Gayle literally picked up from where he had left in the last match as he smashed the Rajasthan Royals’ bowling attack to the tune of 63-ball 99- an innings which included six fours and eight monstrous sixes.
It was Chris Gayle’s day right from the very outset. The southpaw was dropped by Riyan Parag of the bowling off Varun Aaron in the initial part of his innings. And, after that, Gayle made Rajasthan Royals realize that you just can’t drop him.
Whether it was the pace of Varun Aaron or Kartik Tyagi, Ben Stokes or for that matter, Jofra Archer or the spin of Rahul Tewatia and Shreyas Gopal, Chris Gayle was equally belligerent.
Gayle brought up his 1000th six in T20 cricket with a flat-batted pull off Kartik Tyagi in the 19th over. The ‘Universe Boss’ stroked yet another six in the last over bowled by Jofra Archer before the latter cleaned him with a yorker, leaving the swashbuckler with his second score of 99 in his IPL career.
As far as most sixes hit by a batsman in T20 cricket is concerned, there is Chris Gayle and then there is daylight. Preceding the ‘Universe Boss’ are Kieron Pollard (690), Brendon McCullum (485), Shane Watson (467), and Andre Russell (447).