Chris Gayle earned the distinction of becoming the first batsman in the history of T20 cricket to score 6000 runs. Prior to the start of Monday's game between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab in Dubai, Gayle's run aggregate read 5992 runs and the Jamaican needed eight more runs for his 6000 runs. Gayle was bowled by Kings XI pacer Sandeep Sharma after a seven-ball 20 to take his run aggregate to 6012.
Gayle reached the landmark on the third ball of Monday's game when he scored a four off-spinner Glenn Maxwell, who opened the attack for Kings XI Punjab. He had hit a four of the very first ball of this game. It was the second boundary of the third ball of the match which fetched him 6000 T20 runs. (Match report | Highlights | Pics)
Other records of Gayle are as follows:
# He has scored most hundreds in T20 games - 11 hundreds. He has most scores of over fifty - 11 hundreds and 39 fifties.
# Has scored the fastest T20 hundred -- in 30 minutes for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Pune Warriors at Bangalore on April 23, 2013. (Also read: Gayle reveals he wasn't fully fit against KXIP)
# Has the record for highest individual innings -- 175 not out for RCB against Pune Warriors at Bangalore on April 23, 2013.
# Owns the record for most sixes in an innings -- 17 sixes scored in the game between Royal Challengers and Pune Warriors in Bangalore on April 23, 2013.
# He has scored 1000 runs in three consecutive calendar years in the history of T20 games - 1497 runs in 2011; 1532 runs in 2012 and 1344 runs in 2013.
# He remains the only batsman to score 1500-plus runs in calendar year. He scored 1532 runs in 2012.
# He has scored most runs at a specific ground in T20 games -- 1325 runs at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
# He has scored most runs in a T20 series -- 733 runs in IPL 2012. He is also the only batsman to score 700-plus runs in a T20 series in two consecutive calendar years -- 733 runs in IPL 2012 and 708 runs in IPL 2013.
# He has scored 72 sixes in T20 Internationals -- second to Brendon McCullum's 85. He is one of the 13 batsmen to score 100-plus fours in T20Is. He has scored 108 boundaries.
# He is one of the three batsmen to score 10 or more sixes in a T20I innings -- Aaron Finch (14), Richard Levi (13) and Gayle (10).
(Contributed by HR Gopala Krishna)