Amidst all the glitz and pageantry and competition that has marked this edition of the League, there seems to be one name that has gone up in lights - Chris Gayle. The Royals Challengers Bangalore opener has staked his claim for the coveted orange cap by surging to the highest run-getter's spot in the league. And it has taken him all off 9 matches to accumulate the 511 runs that stand glowingly against his name.
As though that figure alone doesn't affirm him as the most celebrated batsman in the tournament, Gayle also possesses a runaway top average of 85.16 and the phenomenally superior strike rate of 187.17. Sachin Tendulkar of the Mumbai Indians is the next batsman still in contention for the cap at 477 runs and the play-offs might just provide him the perfect opportunity to go past Gayle.
But simply judging by Gayle's consistency had hitting up those top scores and also given the fact that he is the only batsman in the history of the league to notch up two centuries, the momentum appears to be squarely with the tall Jamaican.