10,000 runs for Chris Gayle April 18, 2017

A giant in the T20 format

The difference between Chris Gayle and the next-best on key parameters indicates his excellence in the format

Chris Gayle's T20 numbers dwarf the rest of the competition © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

2478 The difference in aggregate between Chris Gayle and the next-highest in the T20s - Brendon McCullum is in second place with an aggregate of 7596. To put that aggregate difference in perspective, the difference between the aggregates of McCullum and the 20th-ranked Mahela Jayawardene is only 2069.

284 The difference between the number of sixes hit by Gayle and the next-highest in T20s - Gayle has struck 743 sixes, while Kieron Pollard is second with 459. The difference between Pollard and the 20th-ranked Cameron White is only 247.

Top run-getters in T20s
Player Mat Runs Ave SR 100s
 CH Gayle  290  10,074  40.62  149.51  18
 BB McCullum  272  7596  31.51  138.31  7
 BJ Hodge  270  7338  36.87  131.27  2
 KA Pollard  363  7087  30.54  151.72  0
 DA Warner  227  7156  35.42  143.40  5
 Shoaib Malik  271  6909  37.34  123.44  0
 DR Smith  289  6767  26.22  126.79  3
 V Kohli  212  6667  41.40  132.91  4
 SK Raina  250  6589  33.44  138.80  3
 LJ Wright  266  6296  28.61  144.8  6

74.8 Percentage of Gayle's T20 runs which have come in boundaries - he has hit 769 fours and 743 sixes. Among batsmen with at least 4000 T20 runs, the next-best percentage is Virender Sehwag's 69.7.

Highest % runs in boundaries in T20s (Min 4000 runs)
Player Runs SR 4s 6s % bound
 CH Gayle  10,074  149.51  769  743  74.79
 V Sehwag  4061  147.83  487  147  69.69
 RE Levi  4386  143.85  446  211  69.54
 MJ Lumb  4955  138.02  595  175  69.22
 DR Smith  6767  126.79  642  323  66.60
 BB McCullum  7596  138.31  726  357  66.43
 SR Watson  5636  138.95  497  287  65.83
 DA Warner  7156  143.40  718  297  65.04
 KA Pollard  7087  151.72  458  459  64.71
 Yuvraj Singh  4254  132.23  327  241  64.74

18 Number of different teams for whom Gayle has played T20s. Apart from West Indies, they are: Barisal Bulls (also named Barisal Burners), Chittagong Vikings, Dhaka Gladiators, Jamaica, Jamaica Tallawahs, Karachi Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders, Lahore Qalandars, Lions, Matabeleland Tuskers, Melbourne Renegades, PCA XI, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Somerset, Stanford Superstars, Sydney Thunder and Western Australia.

15 T20 hundreds for Gayle in the period between 2011 and 2015, from 174 innings, which is an average of 11.6 innings per hundred. In the period before 2011 he scored one century in 51 innings, and since 2015 he has scored two in 56 innings. During the five-year period between 2011 and 2015, no other batsman scored more than five hundreds; the next-best was Michael Klinger with five.

6 Consecutive calendar years - from 2011 to 2016 - in which Gayle struck at least two T20 hundreds. Before 2011, he had hit only one T20 hundred.

Chris Gayle's T20 career
Period Inngs Runs Ave SR 100s Dot % BpB
 Before 2011  51  1379  29.97  134.79  1  45.8  4.9
 2011 to 2015  174  7094  48.58  152.36  15  42.4  4.4
 2016 onwards  60  1601  28.58  151.18  2  47.3  4.3

1 Batsman with a strike rate better than Gayle's 149.56, among the 49 who have scored 4000-plus T20 runs: Pollard has a strike rate of 151.72.

43.6 Dot-ball percentage for Gayle. Among batsmen with 4000-plus runs, only two batsmen have a higher dot percentage: Dwayne Smith (46.5), and Lendl Simmons (45.8). (For matches where ball-by-ball data is available.)

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. @rajeshstats

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  • Nathan on April 21, 2017, 18:41 GMT

    @RALLY_WINDIES, good point and observation. The players coming at positions 4-5-6 have potential to turn the game head on, if the top tier flounders miserably.

    For me, the best T20 knock ever played - by Yuvi against Aussies in the 2007-T20 WC match. 70 odd runs in 30 balls - what a clean hitting and against the best of bowlers. Worth watching the video again and again.

    Yuvi was phenomenal on that day and the same even acknowledged by Gilchrist who had the better view of his batting.

  • Ali on April 20, 2017, 19:50 GMT


    man do you even watch cricket?

    when can we compare openers in limited overs to middle and lower order batsmen?

    the answer is : Never ...

    yet, here we are talking about Pollard in the same breath as a long list of openers . If you cannot comprehend how awesome that makes Pollard,,, then you should start watching baseball, cricket is far to complex for you ...

    7000 runs batting at 5-6 .... his closest rival may not have even 3000 runs .....

  •   cricfan48386010 on April 19, 2017, 19:58 GMT

    There are only a few batsmen who I will specifically tune in to watch for teams I dont support. Gayle is one, as well as McCullum, devilliers and players like gilchrist and sehweg. For all his faults he is unbelievable to watch in t20s when on form.

  • Nathan on April 19, 2017, 17:55 GMT

    @ANANTH NARAYANAN , @DES_65 - I think it is callous to indicate the 10K mark achieved by Gayle. Given the T20 format and the risk associated in playing the same, let us top our hats off on Gayle achievement. It doesn't matter what competition and the nature of teams involved, credit be given that the game is just a total of 120 balls per innings. As was done some time back, Gayle will be the first name on the playing XI for an openers slot for any team, as he can make a huge difference to the entertainment provided in a T20 match.

    Yes, we can have the statistics for T20 be divided into T20I and Class A tourneys, but from an overall perspective there is none close to Gayle nature of playing and hitting in T20 format

  • nalin on April 19, 2017, 15:47 GMT

    There is no doubt about his t20 greatness but the runs are a mixed bag of domestic and international runs and may not be as special as 10.000 in test or ODIs.

  • Utsab on April 19, 2017, 13:43 GMT

    An absolute colossus!!! Hallowed be thy name, King Henry Gayle........

  • raj on April 19, 2017, 12:56 GMT

    This record means very little. It's not like it is 10000 test runs. This is just t20 bashing against league teams with poor bowling in some cases. His runs for Wi when faced with bowling of a greater caliber should be a true barometer of how good he is. Nevertheless he is a great t20 basher.

  •   Ananth Narayanan on April 19, 2017, 12:00 GMT

    Rajesh, In a way, DES_65 is correct. Combining all and sundry T20 games into one mixed basket and celebrating a number like 10000 seems quite a marketing hype. It is tough to evaluate standards of T20 cricket across all tournaments, just as it is tough to evaluate FC across countries. Gayle is, almost inarguably, the most attacking batsman who ever played T20 cricket. But I am not sure whether this number should mean anything to the followers, and maybe, even to Gayle. I also have a bit of lack of respect for anything achieved when one's own team is in disarray. Notwithstanding anything the WICB has done (or not done), to see Gayle, Pollard, Bravo, Brathwaite, Smith, Narine et al playing here while the team is struggling does not appeal to me.

  • Bryce on April 19, 2017, 10:01 GMT

    ten balls compared with other opening batsmen.

  • Bryce on April 19, 2017, 10:00 GMT

    Part of his success comes from also being a successful international opening batsman in all three formats. He knows the fundamentals of batting that you cannot consistently attack with success unless your eye is in. That is why one of the hallmarks of his innings is that he always takes time to play himself in and his numbers using this method speak for themselves. He is so calm and content to not score at the start of his innings when most other opening batsman would be stressing about how to make the most of the powerplay overs. Would love to see more stats on his scoring rate in his first

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