Chris Gayle is easily one of the best T20 cricketers the world has ever produced. His performances in the IPL have made it to the highlights reel almost every season. Not to forget, he completed 10000 T20 runs in the process, cementing his place as one the greatest players of the shortest format. Here at 10 of his best knocks that are proof of his legendary status in the IPL.
175* vs Sahara Pune Warriors
In one of the best T20 innings ever, Gayle decimated the hapless Pune Warriors bowlers, smashing them to every part of the ground in the 2013 edition of the IPL. Check out the highlights below:
128* vs Delhi Daredevils
Taking 13 sixes against the Delhi Daredevils, Chris Gayle showed his class in the 2012 IPL, staying unbeaten on a majestic 128. Even the Daredevils captain Mahela Jayawardene was all praises:
117 vs Kings XI Punjab
Sixes and Chris Gayle go together like coffee and cream! In 2015, Gayle set up a massive victory for RCB by taking the attack to the KXIP bowlers, plundering 12 sixes in breathtaking innings. Check out the highlights:
102 vs Kolkata Knight Riders
In what would be the first of many, many IPL centuries, Chris Gayle led RCB to a thumping victory against his former team in 2011, cementing his place as a superstar.
107 vs Kings XI Punjab
Scoring a century off just 46 balls, Gayle guided RCB to yet another victory against one of his favourite opponents - KXIP. Check out the highlights below:
76 vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
In the finals of the 2016 IPL, Gayle gave RCB the best possible start by smashing 76 runs off just 38 balls. While SRH finally won the game, Gayle’s efforts were widely appreciated by everyone.
96 vs Kolkata Knight Riders
While Gayle may not be the youngest player out there, he’s definitely right up there with the best. His innings of 96 of 56 balls, which was instrumental in setting up an RCB win, proves it.
62* vs Delhi Daredevils
In one of RCB’s easiest wins, the bowlers dismissed DD for just 95. Gayle, along with Kohli, made short work of the Delhi bowling attack, scoring 62* off 40 deliveries, guiding RCB to a comfortable win.
49 vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Chasing 186 to win, Chris Gayle got RCB to the best start possible, scoring a blazing 49 off only 31 balls. He set the platform for Kohli and ABD to coast to an easy victory.
46 vs Chennai Super Kings
In uncharacteristically sedate innings, Chris Gayle top scored for RCB with 46 runs to stabilise the RCB batting order after losing quick wickets, while chasing a tricky target of 139. Gayle’s patience paid off as RCB won with one ball to spare.
77 vs Gujarat Lions
Just when everyone was questioning Gayle’s form, he silenced the world with a stunning effort with the bat. In a knock that was studded with 7 sixes and 5 fours, Gayle showed that he still was one of the best T20 players in the world by scoring 77 off just 38 balls.
We love you, Chris! You are a legend and a champion!
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