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I went bizarre and it actually paid off: Chris Gayle

Last updated on: April 23, 2013 22:22 IST

'Whatever I hit stayed hit'

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Regarded as the most dangerous batsman in Twenty20 cricket, Chris Gayle said he himself was awestruck by his devastating 175-run knock against Pune Warriors and it was one of those days when everything "he hit stayed hit". 

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Gayle hit the most breathtaking knock in the history of Twenty20 cricket, blasting an incredible 175 not out off 66 balls to help Royal Challengers Bangalore post a record 263 for five in a Pepsi Indian Premier League match against Pune Warriors.


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'I am at loss of words myself'

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Gayle hit the fastest century, off just 30 balls, and the highest-ever individual score in a T20 game, surpassing Kolkata Knight Riders' Brendon McCullum who hit 158 off 73 balls against RCB, also at the Chinnaswamy stadium.

Incidentally, RCB's total was also the highest-ever total in any T20 game. 

"I am at loss of words myself. It was a good wicket and I started really well. It is just one of those when you hit the ball it stays hit. Everything was coming out of the middle of the bat," the big-hitting West Indian said after his scintillating unbeaten knock.


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'I am really happy with my performance'

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In the first six overs I went bizarre and it actually paid off. And then I decided to slow it down in the middle period. 

"Eventually we got a pretty good total and I am really happy with my performance," he said. 

Put into bat, Gayle single-handedly blew away the Pune Warriors as the big-bodied Jamaican showed his power-hitting ability as he struck 13 fours and 17 sixes en route the fastest ever T20 century off only 30 balls. 

Bangalore went on to win the match by a whopping 130 runs to move back to the top of the table.


Image: Chris Gayle
Photographs: BCCI
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