This solidly-built, power-hitting Jamaican has not only notched up an overwhelming average of 99.50 from six matches at phenomenal strike rate of 195.09, he has also become the first ever player in the League to score two centuries...
... but Gayle is not the player of IPL4, no sir! After all, he went unsold in the player auction in January this year. That distinction should go to a man who is conspicuous by his absence. A man who has played a minimal role for his side and who has attained more significance out of the Royal Challengers squad than in - Australian fast bowler Dirk Nannes.
In his two matches for the Bangalore team, he bowled a total of four overs, with one maiden, two wickets and an economy rate of 7.75. But that isn't his claim to fame. It is the injury that prevented him from continuing to stay in contention AND which effectively cleared the passage for... roll out the red carpet, sound the bugles... Chris Gayle! Therefore, there is no doubt that Dirk Nannes is the player of IPL4, the real hero behind RCB's dramatic switch in fortunes.