Gayle ready to rain down sixes

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Nov 18,2017

 
 

Rangpur Riders’ West Indian batsman Chris Gayle (L) shows his bat to team-mate Brandon McCullum during a training session at the National Academy Cricket ground on Friday. — New Age photo

West Indies batsman Chris Gayle said on Friday he was looking forward to do what he does best in Twenty20 cricket when he would take the field for Rangpur Riders in the Bangladesh Premier League against Comilla Victorians today.
By far the best entertainer in BPL history, Gayle struck a staggering 60 sixes so far in the previous four seasons playing only 15 matches with Bangladesh’s Sabbir Rahman sitting next to him in the list hitting 44 sixes in 57 games.
‘Most of the times I go out to bat - my objective is to entertain the fans,’ Gayle told reporters in Mirpur on the sideline of a practice session. ‘They have spent money to be entertained but sometimes I get into trouble by trying to hit too many sixes. And when it comes off, it is brilliant and everyone is happy,’ Gayle told the reporters.
Gayle will have his former Kolkata Knight Riders opening partner Brendon McCullum in his side to share some responsibilities of big hitting and it left him somewhat excited.
‘We know how destructive McCullum is. It is a privilege to open the batting with him again. We opened together way back in the IPL and now we are joining forces together again,’ Gayle said.
‘It is new for both of us to come in and go for a blast but we have experience. The expectation is high on us to deliver and we want to try our best and win the game tomorrow,’ he said.
Gayle and McCullum are two top run-getters in Twenty20 history with 10,571 and 8245 runs to their names respectively but the Caribbean batting maestro said team should not entirely depend on the duo.
‘The crowd is going to be very noisy and it will be fantastic if we can get off to a start, hitting a lot of boundaries and maybe the other guys can build up from it and see what total we can set or get,’ he said.
‘There’s nothing more to prove for me and McCullum. We just have to go out, enjoy and exploit as everyone in Bangladesh wants to be entertained by two great entertainers, myself and McCullum,’ he added.
Speaking about his new BPL franchise, which lost two of their previous three matches to stay at the bottom of the table, Gayle hoped they would be able to make a turnaround with nine matches in the league phase still left.
‘There is a lot of experience within the team led by [Mashrafee bin] Murtaza. There are a lot of match winners in the team. It is not like we are going to depend on Gayle and McCullum to get the job done.’

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