It may have been Kings XI Punjab’s captain R. Ashwin’s Mankading incident that grabbed the headlines in their first IPL 2019 game against the Rajasthan Royals (Tickets for the Royals’ IPL games are available on our website at the Click Here).
But it was that man, Chris Gayle, T20 cricket’s supreme batsman, that walked away with yet another Man of the Match performance in IPL cricket.
Gayle, 39 now, is to play for the West Indies in his last World Cup in June this year. He has enjoyed a renaissance of sorts with the bat this year, after many had speculated that he would retire from the sport the moment Royal Challengers Bangalore refused to retain him in the 2018 IPL auction. But he flayed the England bowlers all around the park last month in West Indies’ impressive 2-2 ODI series draw with the World Cup favourites.
And on Monday night, Gayle stole the limelight again after a slow start. His 79 came off 47 balls, and it felt like 2011 and 2012 all over again.
We, at Bookmyshow, have been charting Chris Gayle’s progress in IPL cricket ever since he made a big splash for RCB back in 2011. It was the year he declared himself as the “Universe Boss” and became the most destructive batsman – a second wind for his career – in the shortest format of the game.
Let’s take a look at some of Gayle’s IPL facts over the years:
– Gayle has the maximum number of IPL centuries (6), and is the quickest to reach 4000 IPL runs.
– Gayle averages 41.5 with a strike rate of 151 for his 113 IPL matches.
– For a player widely considered the most explosive T20 player ever, Gayle has only topped the IPL run-scoring charts twice, in 2011 and 2012.
– Gayle has not been in the top 10 highest run getters in IPL since 2014. RCB dropped him in 2017, and he was picked by KXIP in 2018 in the second auction.
Gayle hit some form last season with an average of 40 as an opener for KXIP.
– Nobody has hit more than Gayle’s 296 sixes in IPL cricket.
– Nobody has scored more than Gayle’s 2048 runs over three consecutive IPL seasons (2011, 2012, 2013). This included 4 centuries, and an IPL record of 175 in 2013 against the now defunct Pune Warriors.
In IPL 2019, 39-year-old Chris Gayle will reprise his form of 2011-2013, and end up in the top-3 for the Orange Cap award. He will end with roughly 550-600 runs in 11-12 games.