Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir has praised Chris Gayle for his explosive batting in the shortest format of the game.
“He (Chris Gayle) is a delight for marketing men, broadcasters, and of course us, the lesser mortals, his fans who were not surprised that he reached 10000 runs in this format.”
“How does he do it? Well, the first thing is Gayle’s intent. Most coaches have told me the 4-3-2-1 formula to score runs. It means the first option is to look for a boundary. Second, look for three runs, the third option is to search a couple and final one being to at least take a single.”
“With Gayle, the formula seems to be “think 6–think 6–think 6 again–bloody hell, let me block. Fours, well, let’s see.” My man hates to deal in ones, twos or threes. Most people look (sometimes complain) at the thickness of his bat, but for me the truth lies in the simplicity of the Jamaican’s gameplan.”
“I may not be able to give him company at a pub beyond 1 AM but I’ll be the first person to switch on my TV set at 2 AM if he is batting. He is what the T20 planet craves for, an entertainer.”