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515 Runs scored by Chris Gayle in IPL 2012. Apart from taking the Orange Cap from Virender Sehwag, he also became the first batsman to cross the 500-run mark.
37 Number of sixes hit by Gayle in IPL 2012. This is more than the fours (33) he has hit!
10 Number of man of match awards won by Gayle. Only Yusuf Pathan – with 11 awards – is ahead of him in this respect. 9 RCB’s victory margin of nine wickets against MI is the biggest for any side in IPL 2012.
6 Number of fifties by Chris Gayle in IPL 2012 – the most by any batsman. He went ahead of Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag’s tally of five fifties. 6 Number of scores in 80s made by Chris Gayle in the IPL – the most by any batsman. Brendon McCullum and Shaun Marsh are second with three each. 0 Number of wickets Lasith Malinga took in this match. This is the first time he went wicketless in a game in IPL 2012.
When the Mumbai Indians hosted the Royal Challengers Bangalore, an interesting little battle brewed between the two big West Indians – Kieron Pollard and Chris Gayle. While he was bowling, the MI all-rounder threatened to throw the ball at his compatriot when he was out of his crease. A war of words ensued, which Pollard insisted was “all in good humour”.
Pollard spoke to iplt20.com after MI’s comprehensive home loss to RCB during which he scored 21 off 13 balls to help his team to a respectable score of 141. The points table is really cramped and you need to win all your matches from here on. A lot of pressure?
We still have four games to play and it’s in our hands to play them well. In order to qualify, we just need to go and perform there. The team got off to a slow start and lost early wickets. Did that cost you the game?
We got off to a slow start, and that happens in the game of cricket. I was able to come out and finish it off well for the team and got the team to a respectable total. We play as a team and everyone is going to get their chance. [Dwayne] Smith won us the last game, but couldn’t do much today; it’s just a part of the game.
There was a little banter between you and Gayle. Tell us about it.
It was all in a good humour. We both come from the West Indies, so it was pretty chilled out and calm. Cricket is a gentlemen’s game, but you’ve got to have some fun as well. It’s just about enjoying the cricket and enjoying T20.
How was the wicket like? What did you you enjoy more – batting or bowling?
It was a good cricket wicket. We didn’t get to the start we wanted and the ball was moving a bit, but it happens in T20 cricket. We went wrong in a few areas and we will look to improve on that and won’t blame it on the wicket. Did it get better in the second innings to bat on?
Yeah, you can say so. Gayle batted beautifully and hit some huge sixes. We knew we had to get early wickets, but we couldn’t do so, and that put us the backfoot. Was Gayle’s dropped catch the turning point of the game?
If we would have taken the catch, it would have been a different ball game. But you cannot be sure as someone else would have come and played a blinder. It’s not about blaming anyone. We simply just didn’t have enough runs on the board. We went there and fought, but didn’t come out in our favour. Would you like to bat higher up the order?
I want each and every one in the team to get an opportunity. I got my opportunities in earlier games, but didn’t do the way I wanted to. I am just going to do what the team needs from me.