Chris Gayle hasn't started IPL 2017 on a rollicking fashion and will like to make up for it vs KXIP    AFP
Chris Gayle hasn’t started IPL 2017 on a rollicking fashion and will like to make up for it vs KXIP AFP

Royal Challengers Bangalore‘s (RCB), Chris Gayle is a mere 25 runs away from bringing up 10,000 T20 runs when his side takes on Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in match 8 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017, on Monday. After failing to deliver in RCB’s first two encounters, Gayle will be eager to make the most of the occasion at KXIP’s adopted home venue, Indore. If Gayle accomplishes this feat, he will replicate Sachin Tendulkar, who also reached the 10,000-run mark (in ODIs) against Australia at the same venue in 2001. RCB will be hoping for a bigger contribution from the big lad and help them in seeking consecutive victories in the ongoing edition. Full Cricket Scorecard, Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2017, Match 8

Gayle made his IPL debut for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) before shifting base to RCB in 2011. He has been in rollicking form for Virat Kohli-led franchise but hasn’t started off on a promising note in the ongoing season. With scores of 32 and 6, he has has had a mixed start but the ‘big match player’ can be expected to come good anytime.

For records, the Caribbean player has shone with the bat for RCB in the previous editions and will be hard for the opponent teams to keep him quiet for long. Gayle has slammed hundreds in all editions for RCB, barring 2014 and 2016, and will be hoping to reach his personal milestone and add more to his numbers.

Gayle will like to take a leaf from Tendulkar who was instrumental in carving a big win for India in his milestone-game in 2001. Tendulkar hammered a 125-ball 139 to trigger a 118-run win over then visitors, Australia. If Gayle gets going, KXIP will have a big task in hand.