Self-proclaimed Universe Boss, Chris Gayle has expressed that Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) would always be his No.1 team in the Indian Premier League (IPL). After 16 matches in a couple of seasons for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Gayle went unsold in the auction for the 2011 edition of the tournament with a base price of $400,000.
However, luck changed for Gayle as RCB decided to buy his services to replace the pacer, Dirk Nannes. From there on, the Jamaican left no stone unturned and kept on tonking the bowlers all over the park whenever he got a chance. In 2013, Gayle recorded the highest individual score of 175 not out in the history of the cash-rich T20 league.
It also happens to be the highest-ever individual score in T20 cricket, although a number of players have often come pretty close to breaking the record. Gayle stated that he loved sharing the dressing room with the likes of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, KL Rahul, and others.
As per the quotes in India Today, Chris Gayle said, “I’ve had some great moments, not only with Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, but also with other players in the franchise. In RCB, I met Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh and KL Rahul. These guys were fantastic too. And, of course, it was great to share the dressing room with the two greats, Kohli and ABD. We used to learn from each other.”
He further added, “We wanted to win the trophy, but that didn’t just happen. I want to see this franchise lift the trophy. RCB will always be my team. I love this franchise and am glad I was a part of it.”
Chris Gayle stayed with RCB for seven seasons from 2011 to 2017, after which he was seen plying his trade for Punjab Kings (PBKS) for a couple of seasons. In 142 IPL matches, Gayle scored 4965 runs at a strike rate of 148.96 with six centuries and 31 half-centuries.