Gayle is ‘Still The Boss’ | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, November 01, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:34 AM, November 01, 2020

Gayle is ‘Still The Boss’

Chris Gayle achieved another milestone in his illustrious career as the 'Universe Boss' became the first player to hit 1,000 sixes in T20 cricket.

The Kings XI Punjab opener went to the wicket with 993 sixes and then smashed eight maximums against Rajasthan Royals at Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Friday as he played a knock of 99 of just 63 balls.

"A thousand maximums - another record? Oh, man," he made a witty remark when asked about the achievement after the match.

"I don't know; I just have to give thanks. Have to give thanks for hitting it well at age 41. A lot of dedication and hard work has paid off over the years. Still here, still doing it, the same way. Very grateful."

"I am still feeling good. It's all about the mental aspect of my game, I think that's what's keeping me going. I am still enjoying my cricket the same way and I still want to do well. I'd love an IPL trophy under my belt," he added.

Gayle was just a single away from his seventh IPL hundred but was denied by Royals pacer Jofra Archer in the final over.

However, the England quickie mentioned Gayle afterward by tweeting "Still The Boss", and almost all the bowlers around the world might share the same thought.

Indian batting legend, Virender Sehwag, joined the group of the admirers of Gayle, labeling him the 'Bradman of T20' cricket. He tweeted, "Without a doubt, the greatest that there has ever been. He is the boss of entertainment."

"Get your head around this, Chris Gayle has hit 1000 sixes in T20 cricket. crazystat #UniverseBoss #KXIPvRR #IPL2020," Tom Moody twitted.

Aakash Chopra too took to Twitter and said that when Gayle is on song, it is entertainment guaranteed. "Gayle Storm. Yesterday...today....tomorrow. 24x7...365 days a year. Entertainment Guaranteed. #IPL2020," Chopra tweeted.

Gayle is now on 1,001 sixes and the rest are far behind. His West Indies teammate Kieron Pollard is in second place with 690 sixes, while former New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum is third on the list with 485 sixes.

 

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