The name Chris Gayle is enough for the opposition to know what, rather than who they are facing. When he walks onto the pitch, the big Jamaican terrorises even the other team’s supporters and they know getting him out is half the battle won. Yes, that is the impact the Jamaican has. Captaining the West Indian side for a short period of time, he got into trouble with the selectors which now sees him get less international duty. But that has never stopped him from showing what the Carribean team is missing. Currently playing for the Royal Challengers, he strikes sublime form in every game and how he does it, one does’nt seem to understand. Though known as one of the biggest hitters of the ball, there are more attributes to him that people don’t put light on.
Here are 5 reasons I feel he’s one of the best in his department:
1) The Record breaker
After winning the orange cap last year too, Gayle is back in the fight and infact leading the trailing pack for the coveted appreciation again. even though Ajinkya Rahane and Du Plessis were well ahead of him in the list, a few good knocks palmed him atop the order. And when I speak about good knocks, it’s nothing less than a half century. Even competing for the longest six, he now shares it with Kevin Pietersen, but with sixes galore in all games he plays, Gayle may juts disappoint the Englishman.
New ball please!
2) Nothing is impossible
Even if the team is five or six down, even if the run rate needed is 20 an over, infact even if his team needs 36 off one over, he’s one of the few batsmen in the world who’ll make you believe you can still win the game. As it was seen in yesterday’s game itself, with RCB needing 100 needed off 30 balls, Gambhir was hoping Gayle would get out so that he could breathe a sigh of relief. Staying at the pitch for a long time, automatically ensures a superb display for him and instant entertainment for the audience. And when the Gayle storm hits, boy does it hurt! Being thwacked all around the pitch is not the best wish for a bowler. He has proved how he can do the impossible, scoring 37 runs in an over.
3) The Mind game
Being poker faced on the pitch, makes the job all the more difficult for the bowler to read the batsman, especially a big hitter like him. He does’nt give the bowler the slightest hint of what’s coming next. Some seamers out of frustration try to poke the batsman to make him go for the big one and walk back to the pavilion in the process, but no one dares say anything to this West Indian or a new ball would have to be introduced after every delivery he smacks. Being a good player of spin as well as pace, he manages to balance his game according to the situation. For instance, a few days back when RCB were in a tight position sitting at 25/3, he built up a 131 run partnership with AB De Villiers playing a very calm and composed innings, different from his usual ones.
Interviewer: Do you find it easier to hit a spinner or a seamer?
Gayle: What’s the difference?
4) Love of the fans
What one sees during the games he plays, is that whenever he gets going, he wins hearts of the opposition’s supporters too. They love to be witness the wrath of the hitter even if they go on to lose the game. A few days back, while hitting another biggie, he broke a girls’ nose in the crowd, one out of the many he has injured. On knowing of it, he immediately went to the hospital after the game to see her. The girl was so excited and said she called herself “lucky” to be hit by his shot. Well, who won’t! Soon people have started making banners saying “Land a DLF(six) on my face Gayle”, hoping to get a visit from the Jamaican and to boast about it in the neighborhood.
Heart of Gold!
5) He’s CHRIS GAYLE!
However many attributes you use to describe him, at the end even if a batsmen comes up with exactly the same ones, he could never even be in the shadow of the big man. Being a good all rounder too, he manages to impress people with the ball just as with the bat. Indescribable, incomparable and ruthless would be an understatement.
Chris Gayle- Remember the name.