Chris “Universe Boss” Gayle continues to command the news headlines, albeit not featuring in much active on-the-field cricket onslaught with his big bat these days.
The West Indies ace batter was one of the first two inductees to the RCB Hall of Fame — the other, AB de Villiers.
Prathmesh Mishra, Chairman of Royal Challengers Bangalore, said both batters “gave their best for the team and transformed the game along the way.”
In commenting on the occasion, former captain of RCB IPL team Virat Kholi said, “It’s truly special for me to be doing this for the both of you. We have seen how you’ve changed the way the IPL has been played over the years. Two people who have had a huge impact in IPL being where it is today and to bring RCB to where it is today. I’ve played for 11 years with AB de Villiers whereas seven with Chris Gayle.”
He also noted the indelible mark both players have made on him and the profound memories of playing with them.
“Both the journeys started in 2011 which for me will be the most special year. I met both of you in 2011, I started playing with both of you and RCB got to experience the brilliance of both you guys for so many years.”
He said further, “Chris came in after 4 games from nowhere, sitting in Jamaica and chilling. Not many people know but Chris was a replacement for Dirk Nannes. He came in, got 2 hundreds that year and 7 fifty-plus scores. The other memory is the 175 not out. I’ve been fortunate to witness the brilliance of these two guys for so many years and it’s truly an honor for me to be standing here and be part of their induction. We would surely want to see more of you in RCB in whatever capacity that is.”
Gayle played a crucial role in making RCB a powerhouse and was a crowd-pleaser. He scored 3163 runs for the franchise across seven seasons before parting ways ahead of IPL 2018.
However, his records for the franchise make him an RCB legend, and one could say he came, he saw and conquered. He is easily one of the greatest cricketers to play the T20 format of the game.
Meanwhile, De Villiers played 156 matches for RCB and scored 4491 runs, including two centuries and 37 fifties.
After Kohli, de Villiers is the second-highest run-scorer for the franchise.
He often kept wicket and has taken 96 catches for RCB in his 10 seasons with the franchise.
On all five occasions that RCB reached the IPL playoffs, de Villiers had a significant impact on the game.
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