Chris Gayle completed a huge milestone, as he became the first batsman in history to score 1000 sixes in T20 cricket, when he smashed the seventh of his eight sixes during his belligerent 99 against Kings XI Punjab in an Indian Premier League match held in Abu Dhabi on Friday. He scored 99 runs in just 63 deliveries, helping Kings XI Punjab post an imposing total of 185 runs on the board. Gayle was in great touch from the beginning as he kept hitting boundaries at will. He hit 6 fours and 8 sixes during his innings and looked set for his record extending 7th IPL century, before being clean bowled in the final over by Jofra Archer. Gayle, 41, is way ahead of his nearest competitor, fellow West Indian and a Mumbai Indians’ player Kieron Pollard, who has hit 690 sixes in T20 format and is 311 adrift of Gayle’s 1,001. The left-handed batsman, who was benched in the initial part of the tournament, has got starts in all the innings since his comeback to the XI. He had a highest score of 53 this season before Friday’s knock. This was his third 50-plus score in six matches in this IPL.