Chris Gayle, arguably the greatest ever entertainer in world cricket, has his fans another reason to celebrate as he became the first-ever batsman to smash 1000 sixes in T20 cricket. Gayle achieved the landmark during an IPL 2020 game between Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals on Friday. Former India opener Virender Sehwag, who was also famous for his attacking batting, took to Twitter to hail the great West Indian, calling him the “father of entertainment”. He also compared Gayle to Australian great Don Bradman and even ruled that he is “without a doubt the greatest that there has ever been” as far as the shortest format is concerned. Renowned cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle was among many who were impressed by Gayle’s sheer dominance in the T20 cricket for so many years. “One thousand sixes! The greatest. @henrygayle. The fire still burns bright,” Bhogle wrote on Twitter.
One thousand sixes! The greatest. @henrygayle. The fire still burns bright.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 30, 2020
“T20 ka Bradman- Chris Gayle. Without a doubt the greatest that there has ever been @henrygayle. Entertainment ka baap. #KXIPvRR,” Sehwag tweeted.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 30, 2020
Aakash Chopra too took to Twitter and said that when Gayle is on the song, it is entertainment guaranteed. “Gayle Storm. Yesterday…today….tomorrow. 24×7…365 days a year. Entertainment Guaranteed. #IPL2020,” Chopra tweeted.
Gayle Storm. Yesterday…today….tomorrow. 24×7…365 days a year.
Entertainment Guaranteed. #IPL2020
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 30, 2020
Gayle missed a century by the barest possible margin as he was dismissed by Jofra Archer on 99. Gayle had smashed a six on the previous ball to take his tally to 99 and was looking set reaching a record-extending 7th IPL century but it wasn’t to be like the England fast bowler bowled a full delivery that struck Gayle on the pads and rattled his stumps.
Unhappy with his dismissal, Gayle threw his bat in frustration. However, the Jamaican big man shook hands with Archer while walking back to the pavilion.
Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake also posted a video on Twitter where he wrote how disappointed he was with Gayle falling one short of his well-deserved century. “I am crying sorry Chris. @henrygayle can’t believe it. @IPL,” he tweeted.
— Yohan Blake (@YohanBlake) October 30, 2020
Speaking at the mid-innings interview, Gayle said: “Fans, I am sorry. But in my mind, I scored a century”.
Riding on Gayle’s brilliant knock, KXIP posted a competitive total on the board as they finished with 185/4 in 20 overs. However, it wasn’t enough as Rajasthan chased down the target with 15 balls to spare.