Chris Gayle becomes the second overseas player to notch 4000 plus runs in IPL (Image Credit: Twitter)
Seldom we an individual blend dedication and grit, epitomizing the facet named perfection in the most beautiful way possible. Every time the 39-year-old Chris Gayle comes onto the crease, it feels as if the hunger to score runs is imbibed on his chest in the most beautiful way possible. Even the greatest statistician would find it difficult to recollect how many times he has turned the jaws of defeat to the pride of victory. With this, Chris Henry Gayle, who is also known as the 'Universe Boss' has become the second overseas player after Sunrises Hyderabad opener David Warner to score 4000 plus runs in the Indian Premier League career.
He achieved this feat while playing the first game of the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League against Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur. He will certainly be eyeing for a big one here, seeing the dazzling form he is going through. In the recently concluded bilateral series against England, Gayle powered 424 runs at an astonishing strike of 134. His scintillating stint also had 39 mighty sixes, which eventually helped him to bag man-of-the-series award.
Gayle has announed that the forthcoming ICC Cricket World Cup will be his last International assignment for Windies. This remains to be seen if he continues to play franchise-based T20 tournaments.
Kings XI Punjab, who started well last season lost track in the middle which eventually led them to not finish in the playoff. Ravichandran Ashwin, who is leading the side for the second consecutive year will also be eyeing to produce a better show, both with ball and leadership.
Meanwhile, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) star sensation became the only player in the history of the Indian Premier League to score over 5000 IPL runs. He achieved this feat against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the opening game of this year's IPL.