The flamboyant 37-year-old West Indian has long been the standard bearer for the shortest format and reached the milestone in his 290th appearance, against Gujarat Lions in Rajkot.
Gayle has scored a remarkable 7,534 of those runs in fours and sixes, with 18 centuries, 61 fifties and a top score of 175 not out – all records in their own right.
Gayle began the match on 9,997 runs and reached five figures in less than spectacular fashion with three singles. He warmed to the task as things progressed, though, hitting seven sixes and five fours in his 38-ball stay.
Gayle became the first batsman to reach 10,000 Twenty20 runs
The Jamaican has played all over the world in an increasingly nomadic career, including stints in England with Somerset and Worcestershire.
Somerset batsman James Hildreth has signed a new four-year contract with the county.
The deal ties the long-serving 32-year-old to the West Country side until the end of the 2021 season.
Hildreth has amassed more than 21,000 runs since making his Somerset debut in 2003 – recording 39 first-class hundreds with a top score of 303 not out – and can perhaps consider himself unlucky never to have represented England beyond Lions level.
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10. Shane Watson (Royal Challengers Bangalore) – $1,425,000
He said: “I’m delighted to have committed my future to Somerset.
“I love playing for the club and honestly can’t imagine playing anywhere else. The next few years look like they are going to be really exciting for Somerset and I’m thrilled that I’ll be a part of that.”
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