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‘Hungry’ Chris Gayle out to wipe the floor with World T20 bowlers

Chris Gayle, World T20, West Indies, England
Since 2011 Gayle has averaged over 47 in the T20 format, at a strike rate of over 150. No one else comes close and with the retirement of Brendon McCullum, Gayle now stands atop the pyramid of T20 cricket.

 

Chris Gayle has served up a perfect warning to his detractors and rival teams – he’s back in form and with that West Indies have propelled themselves as favourites for the on-going World T20. Gayle did so in a successful chase again England in their tournament opener, by smashing a 47-ball century which included 11 sixes. He also became the first player to score two centuries in World T20 matches.

Gayle’s substantial fandom has taken a bit of a beating in recent months, with accusations of rampant sexism not befitting a public figure such as himself. This was also offset by stories about Gayle apparent kind-heartedness, but it became perfectly clear that he has a penchant for putting his metaphorical foot in his mouth.

While Gayle more often than not believed and justified his hype, there were murmurings that he was starting to consider his abilities at mythological levels. And going by his T20I record, it’s probably not all that far-fetched.

Since 2011 Gayle has averaged over 47 in the T20 format, at a strike rate of over 150. No one else comes close and with the retirement of Brendon McCullum, Gayle now stands atop the pyramid of T20 cricket.

The century against England served as a reminder to those who felt Gayle, and the West Indies, were on the wane. He hadn’t performed to the best of his abilities in the preceding Big Bash League and Pakistan Super League – averaging just over 250 runs overall – but has now served a keen warning to opposition bowlers.

West Indies have yet to face Sri Lanka and Afghanistan in their group, both teams whom they should thrash. Their true test is against South Africa, when Gayle will come face-to-face against Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir. What a contest that should be!

 

 

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