Virat Kohli: Chris, how does it feel to open the innings with me?
Chris Gayle: It’s a great feeling to open the innings with you. It’s an absolute pleasure mate. You’re a legend and you have many more runs to score. It’s a privilege to actually watch you from the other end and to see you score fluently. Well done on your career so far and I wish you many many more from my heart. Seriously.
Virat: It was our 10th 100-run partnership in T20s and it is a record. You got to 10000 runs at an average of 40 and a strike-rate of 149 and 18 hundreds. It is a crazy stat. It has been my privilege to open with you.
How you have managed to be the ‘Universe Boss’ consistently for so many years?
Gayle: It’s fantastic to get to 10000 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. 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. You guys have been special and it is special to share the dressing room with you. We have a lot of talent, many youngsters and it is good fun. It has been an absolute pleasure.
Chris Gayle became the first player in the history of 20-over cricket to score 10,000 runs.
1 Gayle becomes the first player to complete the triple of 10,000 runs in each of the three formats.
175* The highest score for any player in T20 cricket.
7534 Runs scored by Gayle in boundaries – 769 fours and 743 sixes.
18 Hundreds scored by Chris Gayle in the 20-over format in 285 innings.
145 Innings batted by Gayle between February 2012 and 2016 without getting dismissed.
47 Man of the Match awards won by Gayle in T20s.