Gangnam to Gayle-storm

September 28, 2013 | By | Reply More

Sep 28, – The explosive batsman’s expression even after hitting a massive six or missing the next ball remains the same: Cool as a cucumber. He might look clueless while tackling a bouncer or a ‘doosara’, but he would invariably make sure to whack the same bowler out of the park the very next ball.

hromedia - Gangnam to Gayle-stormChris Gayle is calm and composed even while facing the likes of Dale Steyn, one of the lethal pace bowlers in world cricket today, or the wily off-spinner Saeed Ajmal.

For bowlers, it is a scary scenario to face Gayle at his devastating best as found out by the hapless Pune Warriors team in one of the Indian Premier League matches at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium last season. Gayle smashed an astonishing 175 not out off just 66 deliveries then to power his team Royal Challengers Bangalore to an emphatic victory. Such power-packed performances coupled with his all-round skills and amazing ability to entertain the crowd with Gangnam-type dances makes him the most sought-after player in the T20 format worldwide.

Gayle is a package perfectly suited for the ever-growing entertainment demands of Twenty20 and he consistently delivers for whichever team he plays for, making him one of the top professionals in world cricket.

It seems no T20 league is complete without Gayle as he is a key element in all successful domestic leagues in the world, be it IPL, Big Bash or the new entrant Caribbean Premier League, where Gayle led Jamaica Tallawahs to a thrilling title triumph over Guyana Amazon Warriors in its inaugural edition.

The devastating opener took a break after the CPL final and is all set to play in the longer format, where too he has an awesome record.

Gayle, with an impressive Test average of 42.45 and a highest score of 333, will be one of the key players leading the West Indies’ challenge against India in two Tests and three one-dayers in November.

“I’ll start training by next week. I am looking forward to that tour. Hopefully it can be a good one for us,” Gayle told reporters on the sidelines of a function in Dubai.

Gayle has a simple agenda for the Indian series. “To win it, get some runs and hopefully create history.”

Gayle enjoyed his short-stay in Dubai and attended a few promotional events as well.

His fans, majority of them kids playing at different cricket academies in Dubai, went ecstatic when Gayle visited the Sun and Sands Sports showroom at the Dubai Festival City Mall for the launch of new Spartan cricket bat on Thursday night. Gayle, who signed autographs and posed for pictures with his young fans, said:  “It’s been good…similar Dubai. It is nice and hot. I got an opportunity to enjoy with the people here after a long time. It has been fantastic.

“It’s just a shame that it’s only two days but these things do happen. Hopefully I can be back for a longer period of time. I am not surprised by the good reception. Everybody here is very supportive.”

While talking about the plans for the Chris Gayle Foundation, who supported the Lucas Cricket Club through funds raised by a Twenty20 game, he said: “It is an young foundation, started this year and we started an academy in England. It is actually going fantastically well. Spartan played a part in it by supplying a lot of stuff for the kids.”

Gayle, who has a penchant to smash straight sixes, has no hesitation when asked what would have been his career if he was not a cricketer. “May be the best football player in the world, definitely.”

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