‘Gayle brought sexiness to IPL’ – Former England star Pietersen claims Windies star the greatest ever
Former England star Kevin Pietersen has named West Indies six machine Chris Gayle as the greatest Indian Premier League (IPL) batsman of all-time.
Generally speaking, the 40-year-old Windies batting legend has dominated T20 cricket on a whole, scoring more runs (13,296), sixes (978) and 100s (22) than anyone else. Gayle has, however, reserved a special type of carnage-filled slugfest for the IPL.
In 125 matches, he has put up a staggering 4484 runs, which is sixth overall but with fewer matches than everyone above him except David Warner. When it comes to clearing the boundary at the Indian tournament, however, the big left-hander has no equal. Gayle’s 326 sixes put him 114 clear of second-place AB de Villiers. With such a prodigious talent to blast the long ball, it’s little wonder the West Indian commands the undying affection of a rabid fanbase.
“Gayle has lifted the IPL for a number of years,” Pietersen told the Uk-based Metro.
“He bats at the top of the order and has brought so much sexiness to the tournament and he has been very smart in the way he has approached his batting,” he added.
“He has seen off some of the good bowlers and against the one he thinks he can hit from Bangalore to Mumbai, he sends them all the way. ‘He creates so much excitement and he has an aura around him when you see him.”
Gayle also currently holds the record for most IPL sixes and the highest individual score in T20 with 175 off 66 balls, which was set at the tournament in 2013.