Chris Gayle is the first player to score 10,000 T20 runs. He reached the milestone against Gujarat Lions on April 18, 2017. © BCCI

Chris Gayle is the first player to score 10,000 T20 runs. He reached the milestone against Gujarat Lions on April 18, 2017. © BCCI

Chris Gayle became the first batsman to make 10,000 runs in Twenty20 cricket, getting to the landmark in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s match against Gujarat Lions at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot on Tuesday (April 18).

He has so far played 290 matches, and got to the landmark with a steer down to third man off Basil Thampi in the fourth over of the match, before exploding subsequently to end up with 77 off 38. He has 18 centuries and 743 sixes in the format – both world records.

How did he reach there? The numbers, the innings, the teams, and the grounds – Wisden India dissects the T20 career of a pioneer.

Career record 

Matches Inns Not Out Runs HS Ave SR 100 50 6/4 Percentage runs in boundaries
290 285 37 10074 175* 40.62 149.51 18 61 743/769 74.79

Gayle has represented 20 teams in T20s, and most of his runs unsurprisingly have come for Bangalore and West Indies. He won two World T20 titles with West Indies, made it to two IPL finals and one Champions League T20 final with Bangalore, and has also won the Caribbean Premier League twice with Jamaica Tallawahs.

Overall record for teams represented

Team Matches Inns Not Out Runs HS Ave 100 50
Royal Challengers Bangalore 86 85 11 3357 175* 45.36 5 21
West Indies 50 47 4 1519 117 35.32 2 13
Jamaica Tallawahs 43 43 9 1452 111* 42.70 3 8
Somerset 8 8 2 505 151* 84.16 1 3
Kolkata Knight Riders 16 16 1 463 88 30.86 0 2
Sydney Thunder 14 14 1 389 100* 29.92 1 3
Jamaica 10 10 3 343 122* 49.00 1 1
Matabeleland Tuskers 6 6 1 293 109* 58.60 1 2
Barisal Burners 5 5 2 288 116 96.00 2 0
Melbourne Renegades 8 8 0 260 56 32.50 0 1
Lions 8 8 1 257 108* 36.71 1 2
Western Australia 7 7 0 243 92 34.71 0 2
Karachi Kings 9 9 0 160 44 17.77 0 0
Barisal Bulls 4 4 1 139 92* 46.33 0 1
Dhaka Gladiators 1 1 0 114 114 114.00 1 0
Chittagong Vikings 5 5 0 109 44 21.80 0 0
Lahore Qalandars 5 5 0 103 60 20.60 0 1
Stanford Super Stars 2 2 1 65 65* 65.00 0 1
PCA Masters XI 2 1 0 11 11 11.00 0 0
West Indians 1 1 0 4 4 4.00 0 0

* Gayle holds the record for most consecutive innings without a duck – 145 (from February 10, 2012, to February 5, 2016). The next best run is Michael Hussey’s 91 innings.

* Gayle holds the record for most number of sixes in an innings: He hit 17 for Bangalore against Pune Warriors India while making 175 not out in IPL 2013. In the same innings, he hit 13 fours, meaning he scored 154 runs in boundaries – the most by a batsman in any T20 knock.

*Apart from holding the record for most sixes, Gayle has also hit the most number of fours in T20s: 769

* Gayle is one of only two batsmen, along with Brendon McCullum, to have two 150-plus scores in the game’s shortest format.

List of T20 centuries

Innings No. Score For Against Date Venue Result
8 117 West Indies South Africa Sep 11, 2007 Johannesburg Lost by eight wickets
56 102* Bangalore Kolkata Knight Riders Apr 22, 2011 Kolkata Won by nine wickets
59 106 Bangalore Kings XI Punjab May 6, 2011 Bangalore Won by 85 runs
77 109* Matabeleland Tuskers Mid West Rhinos Nov 29, 2011 Harare Lost by seven wickets
81 100* Sydney Thunder Adelaide Strikers Dec 23, 2011 Sydney Won by six wickets
87 101* Barisal Burners Sylhet Royals Feb 10, 2012 Mirpur Won by ten wickets
90 116 Barisal Burners Dhaka Gladiators Feb 14, 2012 Mirpur Won by 21 runs
104 128* Bangalore Delhi Daredevils May 20, 2012 Delhi Won by 21 runs
124 122* Jamaica Guyana Jan 19, 2013 Gros Islet Lost by six wickets
126 114 Dhaka Gladiators Sylhet Royals Feb 15, 2013 Mirpur Won by four runs
134 175* Bangalore Pune Warriors India Apr 23, 2013 Bangalore Won by 130 runs
171 111* Jamaica Tallawahs St Lucia Zouks Jul 12, 2014 St George’s Won by seven wickets
183 108* Lions Warriors Nov 7, 2014 East London Won by ten wickets
199 117 Bangalore Kings XI Punjab May 6, 2015 Bangalore Won by 138 runs
207 151* Somerset Kent May 31, 2015 Taunton Lost by three runs
214 105 Jamaica Tallawahs Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel Jul 9, 2015 Kingston Won by 50 runs
236 100* West Indies England Mar 16, 2016 Mumbai Won by six wickets
256 108* Jamaica Tallawahs Trinbago Knight Riders Jul 4, 2016 Port of Spain Won by seven wickets
Year by year Century breakup 2007: 1, 2011: 4, 2012: 3, 2013: 3, 2014: 2, 2015: 3, 2016: 4

*For Gayle, 14 centuries have come in victories; 10 have come in chases. He has scored his centuries in 14 venues across India (4), West Indies (4), South Africa (2), England (1), Bangladesh (1), Australia (1) and Zimbabwe (1)

*Gayle’s fastest fifty is off 12 balls. It came for Melbourne Renegades against Adelaide Strikes in BBL 2015-16. It’s the joint fastest along with Yuvraj Singh’s 12-ball 50 for India against England in the World T20 2007.

* His fastest 100 is off 30 balls. It came for Bangalore against Pune in IPL 2013. It’s the fastest century ever in the format.

*He has been dismissed in the 90s on six occasions, and has remained unbeaten in the 90s three times.

There are five special innings among the 10,000 runs that make Chris Gayle the T20 phenomenon he is today.

175* FOR BANGALORE AGAINST PUNE WARRIORS INDIA (BANGALORE, IPL 2013)

Chris Gayle's unbeaten 66-ball 175 for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Pune Warriors India is the highest individual score in T20s. © BCCI

Chris Gayle’s unbeaten 66-ball 175 for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Pune Warriors India is the highest individual score in T20s. © BCCI

It was the season of Gangnam Style. It was also the year that Gayle officially declared himself ‘World Boss’. The highest individual score in T20s was an expression of the format – flamboyance, a bit of luck, cheekiness and brilliance. He scored 66.5% of Bangalore’s total (263, the highest-ever so far) and they won by 130 runs.

When asked if that was his best innings to date, Gayle said, “It’s a top innings but I’ll have to reflect on my past innings too. Scoring 175 runs in a T20 game is never easy. You’ve to strategise well, by knowing when to go and when to tone it down. Because it was a good wicket I didn’t want to just blast and get out. So I made sure I was there for 18 overs, which I did.”

100* FOR WEST INDIES AGAINST ENGLAND (MUMBAI, WORLD T20 2016)

Gayle silenced his critics by slamming an unbeaten 100 against England in West Indies' first group game of the WT20 2016. © Getty Images

Gayle silenced his critics by slamming an unbeaten 100 against England in West Indies’ first group game of the WT20 2016. © Getty Images

Is Chris Gayle done? Has he exhausted his T20 prowess and should the ‘Universe Boss’ just go back home? Those were some of the questions swirling as Gayle took centre stage in West Indies’ first group game at the Wankhede Stadium against England. Would he be able to deliver the goods to kick-start the campaign and regain the trophy? Affirmative. Smashing an unbeaten 100 in a chase of 182 blew up any reservations people had about the power of Gayle, and set the tone for West Indies’ title finish.

“To destroy an attack like that, the only person in my time that I would put him with is Sir Vivian [Richards] because Sir Vivian used to go out there and destroy attacks like that,” said Darren Sammy. “I think he is up there with Sir Viv in the way he tears apart attacks.”

102 FOR BANGALORE AGAINST KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS (KOLKATA, IPL 2011)
Unsold at the 2011 IPL auction after representing Kolkata Knight Riders in the previous three seasons, he was brought in as a replacement for Dirk Nannes at Bangalore. And what did he do? Smash 102 off 55 balls in a total of 175, to begin the revival of Bangalore’s campaign right to the final. This knock gave birth to the legend of Gayle in T20 cricket.

107 FOR BANGALORE AGAINST KINGS XI PUNJAB (BANGALORE, IPL 2011)
Gayle soon endeared himself to the vociferous Bangalore crowd in his second match at home in 2011. In a total of 205 at a ground he was starting to love, he made over half the runs. A century and three wickets to boot – there was no separating the Bangalore fans from Gayle now.

75 FOR WEST INDIES AGAINST AUSTRALIA (COLOMBO, WORLD TWENTY20 2012)
Gayle’s aura was gathering steam and it seemed poetic the most exciting T20 team’s biggest star carried them into the finals of the World T20 2012. Granted, his 75 accounted for only 36.5% of the runs scored by West Indies (205), but the way in which he scored them inspired his teammates.

Gayle’s success has come across different grounds. The M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, which is a batting paradise on most days and has recorded most sixes in the history of IPL, is his favourite. Overall, he has played across 60 venues in the world.

Top five grounds

Ground Matches Inns Not Out Runs HS Ave 100 50
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore 47 45 6 1782 175* 45.69 3 10
Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur 21 21 3 799 116 44.38 3 2
Sabina Park, Kingston 15 15 3 485 105 40.41 1 3
Eden Gardens, Kolkata 10 10 1 475 102* 52.77 1 3
County Ground, Taunton 5 5 2 368 151* 122.66 1 2

*Gayle’s record at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium is also the second-most T20 runs made by any batsman at one venue. Virat Kohli tops the chart with 2160 runs at the same ground.

Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli are the only two batsman to score four T20 centuries in one calendar year. © BCCI

Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli are the only two batsman to score four T20 centuries in one calendar year. © BCCI

The love story with Bangalore doesn’t end here. Gayle has won IPL’s orange cap in 2012 (733 runs) and 2013 (708 runs). He holds the record for most T20 runs in a year. In fact, five of the top ten spots on that table belong to him.

Most number of T20 runs scored in a year

Player Year Matches Innings NO Runs HS Avg SR 100s 50s
Chris Gayle 2015 36 36 8 1665 151* 59.46 164.52 3 10
Virat Kohli 2016 31 29 11 1614 113 89.66 147.12 4 14
Chris Gayle 2012 40 38 6 1532 128* 47.87 151.68 3 13
Chris Gayle 2011 31 31 5 1497 109* 57.57 174.67 4 10
Umar Akmal 2016 56 51 14 1386 115* 37.45 144.07 1 11

*Gayle and Kohli are the only two batsmen to score four T20 centuries in one calendar year.

Gayle has played against 85 opponents, and his favourites are Kings XI Punjab, the only team against whom he has two centuries.

Top five opponents

Opponent Matches Inns Not Out Runs HS Ave 100 50
Kings XI Punjab 15 15 1 797 117 56.92 2 6
Kolkata Knight Riders 12 12 2 550 102* 55.00 1 3
Mumbai Indians 14 14 2 474 92* 39.50 0 4
England 11 11 2 414 100* 46.00 1 3
Pune Warriors India 5 5 1 383 175* 95.75 1 2

Gayle is a brilliant opener, but his record in tournament finals has been average. Of the eight finals he has played in, he has contributed in only two title wins for the Tallahwahs and in the most recent IPL final loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Scores in T20 finals

Tournament Team Opponent Score Result
Stanford Twenty20 2008 Jamaica (capt) Trinidad & Tobago 6 Won by nine wickets
IPL 2011 Bangalore Chennai Super Kings 0 Lost by 58 runs
Champions League 2011 Bangalore Mumbai Indians 5 Lost by 31 runs
World T20 2012 West Indies Sri Lanka 3 Won by 36 runs
CPL 2013 Jamaica Tallawahs

(capt)

Guyana Amazon Warriors 47* Won by seven wickets
World T20 2016 West Indies England 4 Won by four wickets
IPL 2016 Bangalore Sunrisers Hyderabad 76 Lost by eight runs
CPL 2016 Jamaica Tallawahs

(capt)

Guyana Amazon Warriors 54 Won by nine wickets

T20 matches, whether batting first or chasing, are always about going out guns blazing. In 285 innings, Gayle has remained not out on 36 occasions, remarkable for an opener and one who plays an attacking role.

Dismissals

Mode Number
Bowled 54
Caught 160
Hit Wicket 1
Lbw 22
Run out 7
Stumped 4

*Gayle has been retired not out once.

* Gayle is one of four batsmen to carry his bat through a T20 innings. It came during his unbeaten 63 for West Indies in a 57-run loss against Sri Lanka in the 2009 World T20.

“One of those days when a guy who is so good and powerful gets on a roll and you just can’t stop him.”

Aaron Finch said this about Gayle’s 175*. It sums up how Gayle puts on a show, especially when he gets into his element. He has been a pioneer of the T20 format and he’s not going to let the world forget that anytime soon.