Bangalore, May 6: This is one record which he will be very proud to own. And he is the only man who could have done it. We are talking about Royal Challengers Bangalore's explosive opener Chris Gayle who needs just one six to complete a century of sixes in the Indian Premier League history. He will be the first man to achieve this record.
The tall Jamaican can be called a six-hitting machine. No ground is bigger if Gayle starts firing. And he is a nightmare for any bowler around the world. So far, Gayle has smashed 99 sixes in IPL history and the hundred is likely to arrive at his home ground, M Chinnaswamy Stadium when RCB take on Deccan Chargers on Sunday night.
Gayle, who first represented Kolkata Knight Riders without much success, has been in supreme form after moving to RCB.
In 37 IPL matches so far, including both KKR and RCB, he has to his name 99 sixes. His first six in IPL was hit against Deccan on April 19, 2009 in Cape Town. It will be a great feat for him to complete the 100th six against the same opposition.
Of his 99 sixes so far, Gayle hit 26 for KKR and 73 for RCB. The maximum he hit in an innings was nine against Kings XI Punjab last year in Bangalore.
Gayle's first six was hit off RP Singh (Deccan) and the 99th off Abhishek Nayar (Punjab) on May 2.
He has played 16 matches for KKR and 21 so far for RCB. The Bangalore franchisee has always depended on Gayle to provide those explosive starts. Whenever he has fired with the bat, RCB have won.
Legspinner Piyush Chawla has suffered the most at the hands of Gayle. The Jamaican has hit him for seven sixes. He tops the list of bowlers who have been annihilated by Gayle. The next in the pack is Rahul Sharma, Rajat Bhatia and Suresh Raina who have conceded five sixes each to Gayle. In all, 45 bowlers have been at the receiving end of Gayle's sixes.