Chris Gayle on Friday became the first batsman to smash 1,000 sixes in T20 cricket history when he smashed the seventh of his eight sixes against Rajasthan Royals in a crucial group match for fighting a play-off berth. He made 99 runs in 63 balls at Abu Dhabi.
“Oh 1,000 sixes! I do not know the record [of 1,000 sixes]. Still have to be hitting it well at the age of 41. Got to give thanks for that,” Gayle said after the KXIP innings.
41-year old Gayle is way ahead to his competitor in terms of hitting sixes in twenty20 cricket as his former team mate in West Indies team, Kieron Pollard has his 690 sixes in the shortest format of the game till now. Gayle has 1001 sixes in his bag when Kings XI Punjab’s inning finished.
Gayle was frustrated on missing hundred as he was bowled by Jofra Archer on the last ball of innings.
“Getting out on 99 is unfortunate. These things will happen but it was a good ball; still feeling good. To be honest, it is all about the mental aspect of my game and that is what keeps me going. I am enjoying the cricket the same way. I would love to have the IPL trophy under my belt,” Gayle added.
“The hard work and the dedication over the years have paid off. To the guys, who I promised to get a century, I missed out today but in my mind, it is a century.”
Chris was not part of the KXIP playing lineup for initial matches. One group match is still left for Punjab and Gayle scored three fifties in played six games so far. Although he is not playing as an opener in the side, but he’s done remarkable job for his team.