5 insane records created by Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL history
Royal Challengers Bangalore has been one of the most charismatic sides in IPL history. It was the second most expensive side ($111.6 million) after Mumbai Indians ($111.9 million). RCB has always fielded some of the biggest names in world cricket and has the most loyal fan base. RCB's fans are vociferous, who have backed the team inspite of its shortcomings. At the start of every new season, fans throng Chinnaswamy with a renewed hope and vigor, which made the current RCB captain Virat Kohli to retire jersey #12 and dedicate it to the fans, calling them the team's permanent twelfth man.
Being one of the most popular sides in IPL history, they have also had some big performances over the years. Chinnaswamy has been a ground which has resulted in run fests. This has tapered down to some insane records which are simply unbelievable. Whether it is the runs, partnerships, sixes, boundaries etc. RCB pretty much top all the lists. Irrespective of the records, IPL glory always seems to elude them though.
#1 Chris Gayle - 175 versus Pune Warriors in 2013
Chris Gayle had established himself as the "T20 Marauder" in the IPL. This innings cemented his spot as the best ever in T20 cricket. Pune was playing RCB in Bangalore and RCB's top order was in red hot form. Aaron Finch won the toss and elected to bowl first. Gayle and Dilshan started the innings on a positive note and scored 28 in about 3 overs. Gayle all of a sudden went berserk and smashed 28 runs in the fifth over bowled by Mitch Marsh and the score rocketed to 61.
Ali Murtuza was introduced into the attack in the 7th over and got smashed for 18 runs. Aaron Finch being the captain bowled the next over and got massacred for 29 runs. Gayle completed his hundred of a mere 30 balls when he smashed Dinda for a 122 meter six, which went soaring out of the ground and became one of the biggest sixes ever hit in the IPL. Gayle eventually finished with 175 ooff 66 balls with 16 sixes and RCB scored an insurmountable 263, the highest score ever in T20 cricket. All Pune could manage was 133, giving RCB a mammoth 130-run victory.