Full powers unleashed And he achieved the mark in the fourth over of the innings and in his 290th T20 game when he edged seamer Basil Thampi to third man. The 37-year-old then unleashed his full powers, blasting five fours and seven sixes as he raced to his 61st T20 half-century off just 23 balls, launching left-arm spinner Shivil Kaushik for his fifth six to raise the landmark. Gayle featured in a up tempo 122-run stand for the first wicket with captain Virat Kohli who punched 64 from 50 deliveries. The Jamaican eventually perished in the 13th over when he was lbw to leg-stump yorker from Thampi. Gayle now has 10,074 runs, well ahead of McCullum who is second on the run-getters list with 7,596, with Australian Brad Hodge third on 7,338 and West Indies power-hitting Kieron Pollard fourth with 7,087. RAJKOT, India, CMC : West Indies superstar Chris Gayle became the first batsman to score 10,000 in Twenty20s, when he belted a typically bellicose half-century to fire Royal Challengers Bangalore to a 21-run win over Dwayne Smith’s Gujarat Lions in the Indian Premier League here yesterday. The veteran left-hander, who has not played for West Indies in 12 months, hit a sparkling 38-ball 77 – his first half-century in 17 T20 innings – as RCB, sent in at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, raced to 213 for two off their 20 overs. In reply, Lions made a good fist of it but were restricted to 192 for seven off their 20 overs, with Smith failing at the top of the order with one. New Zealander Brendon McCullum pummelled 72 from 44 deliveries but lacked support in the top order. The headlines, however, were all about the sensational Gayle who with 32, six and 22 in his three previous innings in the tournament, entered the game just three shy of the 10,000 run mark.
5. Sami Khedira – Real Madrid – Click the arrow for more – It is no real secret that Sami Khedira is a wanted man, with a handful of clubs having reportedly shown interest in him during the summer months. As such the German international remained at Real Madrid, although his lack of game time and a new deal has lead to suggestions that he could be on the move in January instead. 6 With the winter transfer window approaching, clubs and players will be looking to the period as the perfect opportunity to freshen up their seasons.As such, here are a collection of stars who have been tipped to move in January.Click the arrow for more. 4. Andre-Pierre Gignac – Marseille – Click the arrow for more – Despite bagging 11 goals in 15 games this season, the Frenchman looks increasingly likely to be on his bike in the not too distant future. Liverpool are just one of the clubs linked with a move for Gignac, given their desperate need for quality striking reinforcements. 6 3. Petr Cech – Chelsea – Click the arrow for more – Chelseas former number one has seen his career turned upside-down following the full-time arrival of Belgian sensation Thibaut Courtois. Given Jose Mourinhos preference for the youngster, Cechs 10 year Chelsea association has been thrown into doubt, with suggestions that the Czech international could be on the move in January. Both Liverpool and Arsenal have been linked with moves for the classy operator. 2. Ron Vlaar – Aston Villa – Click the arrow for more – Aston Villas slow implosion is painful for all of the clubs fans to see and according to reports that could get even more unbearable, with captain Ron Vlaar tipped with an exit. The Dutchman is out of contract at the end of the season, but there are strong suggestions that the club would rather cash-in for what they can in January, rather that lose him for nothing. Manchester United are just one side linked with Vlaar, although expect that list to grow. 6 6. Lukas Podolski – Arsenal – Click the arrow for five more stars who could be on the move in 2015 – The German international looks to be growing increasingly frustrated at his lack of game time this season, going as far as commenting that unless his playing situation improves he might have to start looking for a new club. Recent quotes from Germany boss Joachim Low that his international future may be under threat will likely kick-start Podolskis search, with strong suggestions that he will return to the Bundesliga, although a switch to Turkey has also been mooted. 6 6 6 1. Juan Mata – Man United – The Red Devils former club record signing, Mata has struggled to consistently light up the United attack during his 11 months with the club. A rapid transition from playmaker to squad player has affected his form and it has now been suggested that he could be on the move yet again. Should he leave Old Trafford, a move back to Spain seems the likeliest outcome.