Chris Gayle shows the world how it’s done!

Published: April 24, 2013
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He has shown that when needed he can be patient though he prefers to be aggressive. PHOTO: AFP

When Chris Gayle walks out to the centre, you can expect to see a trail of destruction with bowlers trying to hide and captains holding their heads not knowing what to do.

And this is exactly what we witnessed yesterday when Gayle clobbered a 30 ball ton, becoming the fastest man ever to a century in T20 history!

A century in just 30 deliveries. AFP

Gayle reminds me of another West Indian who could similarly lay waste the opposition, Sir Viv Richards.

He has absolutely no respect for the bowlers and that was on full display today as he thumped 17 hits over the ropes with overs disappearing for 28 or 29 runs apiece.

RCB's Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle after the match. (Reuters)

In his case, statistics say it all; 175 off 66 balls out of the total score of 263 in a 20 over game!

A number of records were left by the wayside during this assault including the highest individual score, the most sixes by an individual and team and the highest team score in the format. Given Pune Warriors do not have the best of the bowling attacks but to accomplish what Gayle did was no mean feat.

He has taken the shortest format of the game like bees do towards honey. He was the first one to score an international 100 in T20 during the first World T20 in 2007 and since then he has notched up 11 scores of over a 100 at a strike rate of over 150 (among all T20 matches) destroying many reputations along the way.

With his methods, it may seem that he would not be a successful Test batsman where technique is considered to be be-all and end-all but with two triple 100s to his name, one in Galle against perhaps the greatest spinner of all time, Gayle has done well in that arena as well.

He has shown that when needed he can be patient though he prefers to be aggressive.

Chris Gayle signals the end of another batsman on a night on which he singlehandedly blew away Pune Warriors in Bangalore. BCCI

Due to the differences with the West Indian Cricket Board, we have not seen Gayle as much as would like to in the international arena but he did return with a band last year and helped West Indies win the World T20 title.

In this time and era, the word great has been used too frequently as a descriptor for sportsmen and has almost lost all meaning and hence I will not use it to describe Gayle.

That said, in T20 cricket there might not be a better batsman out there currently – he is a trail blazer showing the way that others would do well to follow!

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  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com Anoop

    Gayle is from my team, RCB. :)

    And, let me tell the mood in Bangalore was to be witnessed to be believed.

    What a man! I am so happy he is playing for Bangalore.

    Gayle and West Indian players have lit up IPL. The best season ever, in my opinion. Every weekend is T20 time with friends- time to loosen up, relax and have a few beers with your mates.

    Go IPL!!!Recommend

  • Water Bottle

    It’s funny how you have carefully avoided the term ‘IPL’ in your blog.

    I hate IPL. I think it has turned the game of cricket into a cesspool of arrogance, greed and frivolity.

    So, I don’t mind you not mentioning IPL, however, I find it very interesting and funny.Recommend

  • Water Bottle

    @Anoop:

    “Gayle is from my team, RCB. :) ”

    Gayle is from the team whichever pays him more. The next time the team is dissolved, if he is given a choice between YOUR team and another team that is willing to pay him more, he will show you which team he belongs to.

    Recommend

  • Fudge

    What a joke the game of cricket is turning into! This is not cricket, this is a very inferior, trashy version of the game I used to love. The game in which SA and AUS both crossed 400 was some game but this….. the less said about it the better, besides it was just IPL, anyway. Recommend

  • Bitter Reality

    Chris Gayle shows the world how it’s done!!
    and every has watched it Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com Anoop

    @Water Bottle:

    “Gayle is from the team whichever pays him more. “

    Turn out Pakistani players apply that same logic in International Cricket as well!

    I don’t think you know much about IPL rules, do you.. For every auction, a team can retain 3 players, whoever it might be. Do you think my team is gonna let Gayla or Kohli or De Vellilers go?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jI6akZ8bDjE

    Everybody wins. Gayle loves Banglaore and the RCB are having super fun! Ben-Gayle-Uru. Recommend

  • http://peddarowdy.wordpress.com Anoop

    @Fudge:

    “This is not cricket, this is a very inferior, trashy version of the game I used to love.”

    I could say the same thing about the Spot Fixing Pakistani Cricketers. At least IPL is played and watched by everyone in the world. They all accept it. Even Pakistanis cheered for IPL1. Only when Mumbai attacks happened and Pakistani players cited “security” as reason for not showing up, did Pakistan begin turning against IPL.

    Your opposition is pretty opportunistic as well. If you are a Cricketer and some team happens to pick you you will run to India to play IPL as well.Recommend

  • king khan

    ipl is best league in the world, most of the pakistani people wont agree with it coz they are jeleous of such cash rich league happining in india, but still they will watch it on geo super (just like they do with bollywood)Recommend

  • http://UAE JB

    @everyone having an Indo-Pak war over here:
    Can anyone please tell me why is there an Indian-Pakistani-spot fixing-IPL-jealousy arguement going on when the blog is about a WEST INDIAN scoring the fastest century in history?? For once, please stay on the topic.
    The blog is about Chris Gayle: not about how profitable IPL is, not about the spot fixing saga of the Pakistani cricketers, not about how ‘jealous’ Pakistanis are about IPL, not about Bollywood, Lollywood or Hollywood!
    This blog is about an amazing innings played by one of the most destructive batsmen in the world. Lets stick to the topic shall we?Recommend

  • Water Bottle

    @Anoop:

    “I could say the same thing about the Spot Fixing Pakistani Cricketers. At least IPL is played and watched by everyone in the world.”

    You see, when you say these things, you sound more delusional than Zaid Hamid.

    First of all, more than 80% of the world do not know what is cricket. Out of the rest, a big percentage hate cricket. Out of the rest many hate IPL for the sleaze, corruption, capitalistic nonsense that it represents.

    One has to be a sucker to marketing gimmicks to believe in whatever you are saying.Recommend

  • Water Bottle

    @king khan:

    “ipl is best league in the world, most of the pakistani people wont agree with it coz they are jeleous of such cash rich league happining in india, but still they will watch it on geo super (just like they do with bollywood)”

    Sorry, being an Indian, I am bursting your bubble of lies. IPL is the worst league in the world. If you think money, glamour, half-naked women, foolish people cheering for the teams which do not care a hoot about the same people, parties and indulgent dramas, arrogant businessmen making more money at the expense of fools of this country, others riding the IPL bandwagon in the hopes of making some cheap bucks makes something the biggest league, then you are either lying to yourself or not really mature enough to pass a comment.

    And coming to Bollywood, it’s the biggest trashcan in India!

    Don’t delude yourself.Recommend

  • http://brandsynario.com Brandsynario

    He is a legend in cricket not many cricketers can even take the challenge of what he has done and put a great show for everyone in IPL 2013Recommend

  • Milind

    @Waterbottle – I am with you on this… This IPL mania spoils cricket and breeds corruption. It breeds an elitist culture providing instant gratification for the materialist, upwardly mobile middle class.

    With our Hon. Sharad Pawar heading the BCCI, I can be rest assured, that betting syndicates are having a field day in this ‘bazaroo’ version of the game and matches fixed for pre-determined outcomes…
    Additionally with money thrown in, other games or other version of the same game got hit. Lesser born cricketers do get an opportunity but are payed disproportionately compared to their abilities/professionalism.Recommend

  • king khan

    @Water Bottle:
    u seem to be a football and hollywood fan bro.Recommend

  • Water Bottle

    @Milind:

    “I am with you on this… This IPL mania spoils cricket and breeds corruption. It breeds an elitist culture providing instant gratification for the materialist, upwardly mobile middle class.

    With our Hon. Sharad Pawar heading the BCCI, I can be rest assured, that betting syndicates are having a field day in this ‘bazaroo’ version of the game and matches fixed for pre-determined outcomes…
    Additionally with money thrown in, other games or other version of the same game got hit. Lesser born cricketers do get an opportunity but are payed disproportionately compared to their abilities/professionalism.”

    Well put. I also believe that, being an Indian, BCCI is the biggest damage to the world cricket. I also do not like the way BCCI behaves with other countries. Money has spoiled BCCI and turned it into a capitalistic monster just like USA.

    If there has to be something really good for the game of cricket, either BCCI should be governed by people who use it as a supporting mechanism for sports instead of a money making machine. Or BCCI should be shown its place by international organizations.

    Generally Indian sports organizations are very poorly managed. We have seen a string of scandals in boxing, Olypics association, tennis etc.

    BCCI is the leader.

    As far as Sharad Pawar. His entire family is involved in cricket corruption.Recommend

  • Water Bottle

    @king khan:

    “u seem to be a football and hollywood fan bro.”

    I used to like cricket once upon a time when I was not mature. Now that I am mature and understand the cricket missionary, I don’t like it.Recommend

  • Water Bottle

    @king khan:

    “u seem to be a football and hollywood fan bro.”

    And I am guessing that you wrote more, more harsher words which the moderators removed.Recommend

  • king khan

    @Water Bottle:
    no i didnt wrote bad about u, its your opinion wheather u like cricket and bollywood,i wrote how pakistanis bash ipl and still watch it,and bollywood and ipl dont care if i, u like it or not but it is still going strong guns. Recommend

  • Ganesh

    @Fudge:
    HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAH Sour apples…!!Recommend

  • Pakistan

    Anyone with little circketing knowledge can tell you that there is no serious circket in IPL. So may be another day someone made double hundred in IPL.Recommend

  • abhi

    While Anoop’s post is childish (real banglorean like Rahul Dravid are playing for other teams and he is claiming Gayle as pride of bangalore). The opposition to IPL is also too much biased. It is fun game and we should not take it very seriously. The good part is that it has generated some money and employment for many. Recommend

  • Sonia

    You know you live in a dumb world when a blog about a neutral cricketer is turned into an argument about India-Pak. Recommend