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10,000-run-mark was on my mind, wanted it so badly: Chris Gayle

first_imgJamaican powerhouse and Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Chris Gayle said he was privileged to be the first batsman in history to score 10,000 runs in T20 cricket.Gayle signalled his return to form with a 38-ball 77 to help Royal Challengers Bangalore post a mammoth 213/2 against Gujarat Lions at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Tuesday.Put into bat, the visitors got off to a thunderous start with Gayle and skipper Virat Kohli (64) putting on 122 runs in 13 overs as the Gujarat bowlers failed to find an answer to the onslaught.Kedar Jadhav (38 not out of 16 balls) and Travis Head (30 not out of 16) then finished off the proceedings in style with a 54-run unbeaten third wicket stand.Coming into the match, just 3 runs short of becoming the first batsman to get 10,000 T20 runs, Gayle reached the landmark slicing a good length delivery from pacer Basil Thampi through point down to third man for a single .There was no looking back from there on as the West Indian turned on the heat, dealing mostly in fours and sixes.”It was great fun. Good to be back. I wanted this so badly. 10,000 runs was on my mind. It’s a privilege to actually be the first to score 10,000 T20 runs. Pleased to get 77 runs. Hopefully we can finish off with a win tonight. It (10,000 runs milestone) was actually playing on my mind a bit but I thought it’s time to have a go and it eventually it paid off,” Gayle told Brett Lee in the post-innings interview.advertisementGayle, who struck 7 sixes and 5 fours during his knock, said hitting sixes comes naturally to him.”It (hitting sixes) is not really premeditated, comes naturally to me. Want to thank all the franchises and West Indies. I want to keep entertaining and get a few more thousand runs.”Gayle also praised Kohli.”Virat batted well. Great partnership between Kedar Jadhav and Travis Head. Hopefully the bowlers can utilize the wicket. variation is key on this wicket,” he said.last_img read more

Agnieszka Radwanska announces retirement due to health reasons

first_imgPoland’s Agnieszka Radwanska said on Wednesday that she has decided to end her 13 year-long career due to health reasons.The former world number two was the first Polish player to reach a Grand Slam singles final in the Open Era, when she finished runner-up to Serena Williams at Wimbledon in 2012.The 29-year-old, who finished with 20 WTA titles, was one of the most consistent players on tour, finishing in top 10 rankings for six straight seasons between 2011-2016.However, she has struggled for form and fitness over the recent campaign and has not lifted a title since October 2016.Also Read – Roger Federer unhappy with preferential treatment controversy”Unfortunately I am no longer able to train and play the way I used to, and recently my body can’t live up to my expectations,” Radwanska, 29, said in a post on Facebook.”Taking into consideration my health and the heavy burdens of professional tennis, I have to concede that I’m not able to push my body to the limits required.”Also read – Federer is driving force for tennis in terms of revenue, attention: DjokovicIn addition to her Wimbledon final appearance, Radwanska reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open twice, and won the season-ending WTA Finals in 2015.”I’m hanging the racquet up and say goodbye to the pro tour, but I’m not leaving tennis,” she added.”Tennis is and always has been special in my life. But now it’s time for new challenges, new ideas, equally as exciting as those on the tennis court, I hope.”advertisementlast_img read more

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