In 1987, Little Master Sunil Gavaskar was the first cricketer to have reached a run total of 10,000 in Test cricket. Gavaskar was playing against Pakistan in Ahmedabad at the time he reached this important milestone. Since he attained the 10,000 runs, cricket was reduced to 20 overs, making it difficult for other cricketers to reach the same goal.
Chris Gayle, also known as the ‘Universe Boss’ achieved this incredible milestone this week at the Indian Premier League 2017. It should be noted that not only is the run total huge, he managed to make 10,000 runs in the shortest cricket format.
Gayle is playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, and reached his 10,000 in a match against the Gujarat Lions in the VIVO IPL 2017. The 10,000 total is made up of 7,534 runs, 769 boundaries, and 743 sixes.
In Tuesday’s game, Gayle opened the innings with Virat Kohli, the team’s skipper. Between them, they got 122 runs for the first wicket. After the match, Virat noted that he and Gayle had just played their 10th 100-run partnership in the Twenty-20 format.
Kohli asked Gayle a number of questions regarding his new record. Gayle commented: “It’s fantastic to get to 10,000 runs and share that moment with you. We have had a lot of partnerships and it is really great. Also, to be able to play for a great franchise like the RCB is superb.”
He continued: “Since I joined this franchise, things have gone great for me as well from a personal point of view, so I am very thankful for that.”
Kohli noted that Gayle’s stats are simply incredible. He said: “You got to 10,000 runs at an average of 40 and a strike-rate of 149 and 18 hundreds. It is a crazy stat.”