It took him a while to complete the home leg but when he did, RCB opener Chris Gayle described crossing 10,000 T20 runs as a "special occasion".
The self-proclaimed "Universe Boss" also warned his rival IPL teams, saying he is still here and alive after he returned to form with a smashing 77 against Gujarat Lions to guide RCB to 21-run win.
Chris GayleI like that name(Universe Boss). Fans want to watch Chris Gayle, it’s been fantastic. A special occasion to reach 10000 runs. People still looking out for Chris Gayle. The Universe Boss is still here and still alive.
RCB skipper Virat Kohli, who himself also smashed a half-century, said he is fit and the shoulder injury is not bothering him.
"There's a lot of strapping on the shoulder, not getting to my head anymore, shoulder fit and fine. Happy to get those two points," he said.
Lavishing praise on Gayle for his superb innings, Kohli added, "Chris took his opportunity beautifully. He batting like that allows me to bat through the innings, and I can chip my way out. We thought we were 30 runs above par."
The spinners - Yuzvendra Chahal (3/31) and Pawan Negi (1/21) played a pivotal role in RCB’s 21-run win that helped them end a three-match losing run and Kohli showered praise on the duo.
"Negi was outstanding, very brave, not getting scared. Not many people believe in his abilities. Chahal is not scared, his biggest plus point is he always wants to take wickets,” said Virat.
On the losing end, Gujarat skipper Suresh Raina blamed his bowlers for giving away too many runs but praised his batsmen for batting well while chasing 214 to win.
"We played well, we batted well. 200 was chaseable. More than 200 is difficult to chase. Our bowling giving too many runs. They (bowlers) have to vary their pace, bowl slow. It's a worry for us, the spin department," Raina said.