‘Could’ve gotten 215 if…’ – Chris Gayle recalls historic unbeaten 175 knock in Indian T20 League
Chris Gayle, the former West Indies cricket, played one of the best innings in the Indian T20 League in 2013 when he scored an unbeaten 175 against the Pune franchise. Opening up on the same, Gayle said that he would have scored a double ton if the team asked him to not bother about giving the strike to former South African batter AB de Villiers.
Taking a cheeky dig at de Villiers, Gayle said that he wanted to score a double ton but was not able to, as he was advised to give the strike to the Proteas superstar. The southpaw further narrated an incident where a young girl fan asked him to hit more sixes despite being admitted to hospital after injuring her nose as one of the maximums came straight onto her.
“AB came in and scored like 30 runs in 8 balls or something like that. If the guys aren’t like ‘Chris, give him the strike’, I could have gotten 215.’ He then went on to proclaim that he set the standards, and jokingly said he should always have been given the strike,” Gayle was quoted as saying to JioCinema.
The next game, every fan had a placard: Chris Gayle
Further, Gayle said that the next day everyone had a placard asking him to break their nose so that they can see him at the hospital. The Caribbean star claimed that it was a heartwarming moment as he realised people’s love for him. With a pretty strong squad this time around, the Bangalore franchise would be hoping for a turnaround and Gayle lauded their fans saying that they are the most passionate among all.
“The ball ricocheted off the wall and hit a young girl in the nose. Immediately, I went straight to the hospital and saw her with bloody nose and bloody clothes. She was like, ‘why are you sad? Don’t worry, hit more sixes!’ That was so amazing man. She helped me feel better by telling me that even when she’s in pain she wanted me to hit more sixes,” Gayle was quoted as saying.
“It was a touching moment. The next game, every fan had a placard saying, ‘please break my nose’, so I can come visit them in the hospital. RCB is one of the best fanbases I’ve experienced. When the Chinnaswamy Stadium starts chanting ‘RCB! RCB!’ It’s the best. RCB has the best fans,” he added.