Chris Gayle awestruck by his own exploits with the bat

Last Updated: Tue, Apr 23, 2013 17:24 hrs

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

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.

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 at this very 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.

"In the first 6 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.

Asked to rate the innings, Gayle said scoring 175 runs in a T20 match is never easy.

"You know how quickly these games can change. I wanted to stay there till the end, at least 18 overs, if not all, which I did. A B came in and did a magnificent job for the team to put us in great position," he said.

Replying to a query, Gayle denied that Pune Warriors bowling attack was weak and felt the wicket here was good to bat on.

"You can't take away the fact that sometimes as a batter when you get on top of a bowler it is going to create a different scenario. Pune bowlers did well in the last couple of games, especially Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, who did well in this match (also)," he said.

About the last over, Gayle said it was nice to finish off that way.

"Some people keep on asking -- they have seen the Gangnam style in international cricket but why not in IPL. I thought it was the perfect time. I got a wicket and everything worked out perfectly," he said.

"The crowd is pleased and happy. I am glad to see that. I am an entertainer so I try and entertain as much as possible. They pay the money to come and see good cricket," Gayle said.

Asked what he had for breakfast on Tuesday, Gayle said he had one omelette, two pancakes and one hot chocolate. "That's all I have to eat on such days. Hopefully I get something to eat now," he added.

On having a word with Ashoke Dinda during the match, Gayle said the Indian pacer is his buddy since the KKR playing days.

"We are now playing against each other now. It is a competitive battle over there but at the same time we had a laugh and it is good fun. I like him, great energy and always gives his hundred per cent," he said.

On Manchester United winning the English Premier League title, Gayle said, "Bautiful maan. I was not up watching the game. Good fun. Hopefully RCB can win the title too," he said.

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