Chris Gayle became the fastest to score 4,000 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and joined the elite list of batsmen that includes Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Shikhar Dhawan, David Warner and MS Dhoni. The Windies star achieved the feat in his 112th innings and the fourth match of the IPL 2019 between Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Monday. Before the start of the match in Jaipur, Chris Gayle needed just six runs to reach the milestone.

Gayle became the ninth batsman and second overseas player to score 4,000 runs in the IPL.

Rajasthan Royals won the toss and opted to bowl against Kings XI Punjab in their first encounter of the IPL 2019.

Fast bowler Dhawal Kulkarni gave Rajasthan an early breakthrough as he dismissed KXIP opener KL Rahul for four in the fourth ball of the first over.

For Rajasthan, Steve Smith returned to the IPL after missing the entire 2018 season due to a 12-month-ban given by Cricket Australia for his involvement in the infamous ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year. 

Even though Steve Smith’s ban is due to expire in a few days, he was included in Rajasthan Royals’ playing XI for their first match of the IPL 2019 on Monday.

Following the ball-tampering row in March last year, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had decided to ban David Warner and Steve Smith from participating in IPL 2018.

While Warner made an explosive comeback to the IPL with an 85-run knock at Eden Gardens on Sunday, Smith will aim for an impressive show to mark his presence before the end of his international ban.

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