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Tormentor on the prowl: Chris Gayle

first_imgChris Gayle has not really come to the party in a big way at the ICC World T20, but that did not affect his confidence one bit.In the second semi- final against Australia, Gayle rose to the challenge blitzing a 41- ball unbeaten 75.His innings took the men from the Caribbean to a total of 205, putting the match out of reach for the Australians, to a large extent. True to form, Gayle told the Sri Lankans in no uncertain terms that there was not much point in having any title aspirations on Sunday.It is amazing to think that such a destructive player did not feature in the Windies side till very recently. Gayles differences with the West Indies Cricket Board have their seeds in the 33- year- old Jamaicans match- winning ability in the Twenty20 format, due to which he is the biggest drawcard in any domestic league.As has been the case between Kevin Pietersen and the England and Wales Cricket Board, the blame for their absence from international cricket has to be shared by the player as well as administrators.If one looks at Gayles approach to batting in T20, he seems to have realised in the last couple of years that 20 overs is still a long time to bat. He takes two or three overs to get set and gauge the nature of the pitch. He does not swing wildly at deliveries and picks one or two every over to have a go at.Once he gets the ball anywhere near the middle of his enormous bat, there is no ground big enough in the world to contain him. Gayle averages 39.04 in T20 Internationals.A strike rate of 148.32 clearly proves that he rarely gets caught in the deep while going for his big shots.advertisementlast_img

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