Chris Gayle became the first cricketer ever to score 10.000 or more runs © BCCI
Chris Gayle became the first cricketer ever to score 10.000 or more runs © BCCI

Chris Gayle required a mere 3 runs to become the first cricketer in the history of Twenty20 cricket to score 10,000 runs. Obviously, Gayle also became the first cricketer to score 10,000 runs in all three major formats — First-Class, List A, and T20. Batting for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) against Gujarat Lions (GL) in the 20th match of IPL 2017, Gayle got to face only 2 balls in the first 3 overs of the match. In the fourth over, bowled by Basil Thampi, he bottom-edged the first ball and was beaten off the second. He did not middle the third ball either: it went finer than where he intended to, towards third-man, but he got the single anyway. Then he cut loose, eventually falling for a 38-ball 77. He almost got out on 38 when he lofted Ravindra Jadeja towards long-off. Brendon McCullum took a stunning catch, but replays revealed that the brim of his hat had brushed against the rope. Thus reprieved, Gayle marched before Thampi bowled two consecutive yorkers at him. The second of these trapped Gayle leg-before. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Gujarat Lions (GL) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) IPL 2017, Match 20

Not only has Gayle scored most runs in T20 cricket, he is also the proverbial mile ahead of others. Interestingly, five men in the list of top ten run-scorers in T20 — Gayle, McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Virat Kohli, and Suresh Raina —all played in the RCB versus GL match. FULL IPL 2017 Score, Gujarat Lions (GL) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) IPL 10, Match 20

Most runs in T20 cricket
Player M R Ave SR 100s 6s
Chris Gayle 291 10,074 40.62 149.5 18 736
Brendon McCullum 272 7,595 31.64 138.3 7 357
Brad Hodge 270 7,338 36.87 131.3 2 242
David Warner 227 7,156 35.42 143.4 5 297
Kieron Pollard 363 7,087 30.54 151.7 459
Shoaib Malik 271 6,909 37.34 123.4 193
Dwayne Smith 289 6,767 26.22 126.8 3 323
Virat Kohli 212 6,667 41.40 132.9 4 205
Suresh Raina 250 6,589 33.44 138.8 3 255
Luke Wright 266 6,296 28.61 144.8 6 239

Do note the lead Gayle has over others. He is 2,479 runs ahead of McCullum, the second name on the list. On the other hand, McCullum is a mere 508 runs ahead of Kieron Pollard, the fifth name on the list.

Note: Gayle (175*) holds the record for the highest score in the history of T20 cricket.

Gayle has scored 18 T20 hundreds. This is a phenomenal count, given the fact that McCullum, with 7, is at second slot. Michael Klinger and Luke Wright — have 6 apiece. This means that Gayle has scored more T20 hundreds than any other two batsmen put together. In fact, the best a group of three batsmen (McCullum, Klinger, and Wright) have managed is 19 — a solitary hundred more than Gayle’s tally.

Most hundreds in T20 cricket
Player M R Ave SR 100s 6s
Chris Gayle 291 10,074 40.62 149.5 18 736
Brendon McCullum 272 7,595 31.64 138.3 7 357
Brad Hodge 270 7,338 36.87 131.3 2 242
Luke Wright 266 6,296 28.61 144.8 6 239
David Warner 227 7,156 35.42 143.4 5 297

Perhaps the most staggering feat of Gayle’s career is the fact that his 18 hundreds have come across 7 countries — India (6), West Indies (4), Bangladesh (3), South Africa (2), Australia (1), England (1), and Zimbabwe (1).

Chris Gayle, across countries
Countries M R Ave SR 100s
291 10,074 40.62 149.5 18
Australia 32 917 29.58 145.6 1
Bangladesh 22 799 44.38 154.2 3
England 19 781 52.06 159.7 1
India 99 3,742 44.02 157.2 6
New Zealand 3 78 26.00 136.8
South Africa 19 712 41.88 156.1 2
Sri Lanka 7 222 44.40 150.0
UAE 15 283 18.86 132.2
USA 4 181 60.33 161.6
West Indies 65 2,066 40.50 134.2 4
Zimbabwe 6 293 58.60 151.0 1

In other words, Gayle has scored hundreds in as many countries as McCullum — the next man on the all-time T20 hundreds list — has got career hundreds.

Before we move on, do note that Gayle has scored at a strike rate of more than 130 in every country he has played in.

Gayle has also crossed fifty 79 times in his career. This is significantly more than Warner (61), the next name on the list. Kohli (52) and Brad Hodge (50) are the only ones to have more than 50 fifties in T20 cricket.

With such dominance, it is only natural that Gayle has hit more sixes than anyone in his career. Here, too, he is miles ahead of anyone else on the list.

Most sixes in T20 cricket
Player M R Ave SR 100s 6s
Chris Gayle 291 10,074 40.62 149.5 18 736
Kieron Pollard 363 7,087 30.54 151.7 459
Brendon McCullum 272 7,595 31.64 138.3 7 357
Dwayne Smith 289 6,767 26.22 126.8 3 323
David Warner 227 7,156 35.42 143.4 5 297

Gayle has also hit 769 fours. Though he does not dominate the list to the extent of other lists, he is still some way ahead of the others: McCullum (726), Warner (718), and Hodge (707) are the only others to have hit 700 fours in T20 cricket.

A third of Gayle’s matches and runs have come in IPL, most of them for RCB. He had also played for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). He has also represented RCB in Champions League. Here is a tournament- and team-wise breakup of Gayle’s career.

Chris Gayle, across tournaments and teams
Tournaments M R Ave SR 100s Teams M R Ave SR 100s
291 10,074 40.62 149.5 18 291 10,074 40.62 149.5 18
IPL 96 3,563 42.92 153.0 5 Kolkata Knight Riders 16 463 30.86 141.6
Royal Challengers Bangalore 80 3,100 45.58 154.8 5
BBL 29 892 31.85 147.7 1 Melbourne Renegades 8 260 32.50 155.7
Sydney Thunder 14 389 29.92 125.5 1
Western Australia 7 243 34.71 191.3
CPL 43 1,452 42.70 137.1 3 Jamaica Tallawahs 43 1,452 42.70 137.1 3
World T20 28 920 40.00 146.7 2 West Indies 28 920 40.00 146.7 2
Other T20Is 22 599 29.95 143.6 West Indies 22 599 29.95 143.6
BPL 16 650 54.16 172.0 3 Barisal Bulls 5 288 96.00 187.0 2
Barisal Burners 4 139 46.33 163.5
Chittagong Vikings 6 109 21.80 123.9
Dhaka Gladiators 1 114 114.00 223.5 1
PSL 14 263 18.78 127.1 Karachi Super Kings 9 160 17.77 115.1
Lahore Qalandars 5 103 20.60 151.5
Caribbean T20 10 343 49.00 132.4 1 Jamaica 10 343 49.00 132.4 1
SA Domestic T20 8 257 36.71 142.0 1 Highveld Lions 8 257 36.71 142.0 1
England T20 Cup 8 505 84.16 183.0 1 Somerset 8 505 84.16 183.0 1
Champions League 6 257 42.83 178.5 Royal Challengers Bangalore 6 257 42.83 178.5
Zimbabwe T20 6 293 58.60 151.0 1 Matabeleleland Tuskers 6 293 58.60 151.0 1
Stanford SuperSeries 2 65 65.00 138.3 Stanford Superstars 2 65 65.00 138.3
International 20:20 2 11 11.00 110.0 PCA Masters XI 2 11 11.00 110.0
Others 1 4 4.00 66.7 West Indians 1 4 4.00 66.7

Note:

- New Zealand and Sri Lanka are the only Test-playing nations where Gayle has not played in the domestic T20 league.

- PSL is the only tournament Gayle has never really dominated. He has failed over a 14-match stint (9 matches for Karachi Super Kings and 5 for Lahore Qalandars).

Other records Gayle holds in T20 cricket:

1. Playing for RCB against Pune Warriors India (PWI) in IPL 2013, Gayle had slammed 175* (in 66 balls), still the highest score in T20s.

2. Gayle hit 17 sixes during his innings, which remains a record as well.

3. Other than the 17 sixes, Gayle also hit 13 fours during the carnage. In other words, 154 of his runs came in boundaries. This remains a world record too.

4. Gayle reached the hundred in a mere 30 balls in that innings. It still remains the fastest T20 hundred.

5. In BBL 2016 Gayle had slammed a 17-ball 56 for Melbourne Renegades against Adelaide Strikers. In the process he reached his fifty in 12 balls, thus equalling Yuvraj Singh’s record for the fastest T20 fifty.

6. Against Sri Lanka in 2009 Gayle became the second cricketer (after Sanjaya Rodrigo) to carry his bat through an all-out T20 innings. Since then Arthur Kyobe and Ankit Yadav have done the same. However, Gayle remains the only one to do this in a T20I.

7. In 2007 Gayle hit 117 against South Africa in the inaugural World T20. It was the first hundred in T20Is (and, of course, the first in World T20).