IPL 2021: Chris Gayle throughout his masterclass knock in opposition to Pune Warriors in 2013.© Twitter
Eight years in the past, on this very day, Chris Gayle scored an unbeaten 175 runs in opposition to now-defunct Pune Warriors India (PWI) to register the best particular person rating within the Twenty20 cricket. His feat nonetheless stands tall among the many plethora of different IPL data. Earlier than Gayle, the honour was with Brendon McCullum, who had scored 158 for Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) within the inaugural season of the cash-rich league. Gayle’s unimaginable knock got here off simply 66 balls and it’s nonetheless etched within the reminiscence of most ardent followers.
Recalling probably the greatest innings within the historical past of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Punjab Kings on Friday shared a snap of the ‘Universe Boss’ from their web session and captioned it, “Highest-ever T20 rating (175), Quickest T20 century, Most sixes in an innings. #OnThisDay, all of us witnessed a #GayleStorm.”
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) April 23, 2021
The historic second happened in the course of the thirty first match of IPL 2013. It was raining that day and the match was delayed by a couple of minutes. Nevertheless, nobody may have foreseen what occurred subsequent.
Gayle opened RCB’s batting alongside Tillakaratne Dilshan and shortly raced to his fifty off simply 17 balls. After that, he took simply 13 balls to attain his hundred. Gayle’s 30-ball 100 in that recreation continues to be the quickest century within the IPL. Gayle scored 75 runs off his subsequent 36 balls. His 175-run knock was laced with 17 sixes.
Driving on the Gayle storm, RCB posted 263 runs for the lack of 5 wickets of their 20 overs and within the course of turned the primary workforce to cross the mark of 250 runs in IPL. RCB’s 263 in opposition to PWI nonetheless stand as the best ever workforce complete within the historical past of the occasion.
In reply, Pune managed to attain a paltry 133/9, as RCB registered an impressive 130 run victory.