Royal Challengers Bangalore’s AB De Villiers and Virat Kohli run between the wickets during a IPL 2018 match against Delhi Daredevils at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.(PTI)
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s AB De Villiers and Virat Kohli run between the wickets during a IPL 2018 match against Delhi Daredevils at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.(PTI)

Why Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers have set Chinnaswamy Stadium on fire

Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers have each scored over 1,500 Twenty20 runs at Bangalore’s Chinnaswamy Stadium
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2018 07:10 PM IST

Not only has M Chinnaswamy Stadium become the only ground in the history of Twenty20 cricket to have three batsmen scoring 100 plus sixes, it has become a unique venue where a troika of batsmen have scored over 1,500 runs in the shortest format of the game. (IPL FULL COVERAGE)

Kings XI Punjab batsman Chris Gayle plays a shot as Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik looks on during a 2018 IPL match in Kolkata on April 21, 2018. (AFP)
Kings XI Punjab batsman Chris Gayle plays a shot as Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik looks on during a 2018 IPL match in Kolkata on April 21, 2018. (AFP)

Chris Gayle (150), AB de Villiers (101) and Virat Kohli (100) have each smashed a century of sixes in Twenty20 cricket. The same three batsmen have scored over 1,500 T20 runs each -- Kohli (2,435), Gayle (1,790) and De Villiers (1654).

Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers have been masters in the Twenty20 format. (HT Photo)
Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers have been masters in the Twenty20 format. (HT Photo)

It is just a coincidence that the batsmen who have scored 1500-plus T20 runs at M Chinnaswamy Stadium have also scored 100-plus boundary sixes. What a rare coincidence!

All three batsmen have enjoyed batting at the M Chinnaswamy stadium. Gayle, in particular, has had some enjoyable moments during his time with Royal Challengers Bangalore. In the 2013 Indian Premier League encounter against Sahara Pune Warriors, Gayle, playing for RCB, blasted 175 off 66 balls, which included 13 fours and 17 sixes. His 100 came off 30 balls and he broke plenty of records in the knock, including the highest individual score, fastest hundred in Twenty20s and most sixes in an innings.

Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers have plundered plenty of runs at this venue. In the 2016 IPL, Kohli blasted three out of his four centuries at the Chinnaswamy stadium and in one match against Gujarat Lions, Kohli (109) and de Villiers (129*) shared a record 229-run stand for the second wicket to give RCB their biggest win in terms of runs. The exploits of Gayle, Kohli and de Villiers in Bangalore truly makes the Chinnaswamy a delight for Twenty20 games.

(Statistics courtesy: HR Gopala Krishna)

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