The much coveted orange "topi" changed heads from Virender Sehwag of the Delhi Daredevils initially, to a surprise bearer in Kings XI Punjab's Paul Valthaty, to master-blaster Sachin Tendulkar before it became the inseparable property of the Jamaican hurricane. Testimony to his honour this season comes from not only his overwhelming aggregate, but also his staggering average of 67.55, apart from his superlative strike rate of 183.13.
Time and again, Gayle's RCB captain Daniel Vettori has paid tribute to the tall dasher by observing that he alone had the prowess and ability to swing around the side's fortunes. After all, Gayle came into the tournament when the RCB had lost three matches on the trot and had rain lead to the abandonment of their first fixture against the Rajasthan Royals. In his first match alone, he announced his arrival in an emphatic way, bludgeoning 102 runs off 55 balls against the Kolkata Knight Riders.
From then on, he captured the imagination of the whole subcontinent, as he blasted away one blazing innings after the next, leaving RCB's opposition limp and numb. It was largely his unsurpassable display of batting that took Bangalore to an incredible seven wins on the trot. All the IPL fans salute you, Christopher Henry Gayle!