Bangalore, Mar 28: West Indies' explosive opener Chris Gayle arrived in Bangalore on Wednesday to play for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Gayle has been the darling of Bangalore crowds since the last IPL. Known for his big hitting, the tall West Indian is once again in the Garden City to display his six hitting prowess. 2011 was Gayle's RCB debut and what a way it was, to start off with!
The 32-year-old left-hander single-handedly took RCB to the final before the team faltered against Chennai Super Kings in the summit clash.
Whenever Gayle was at the crease, the crowd loved him. The white ball kept flying to all parts of the Chinnaswamy Stadium and also other grounds in the country.
He was the top six-hitter in the last edition of IPL. 44 sixes flew out of Gayle's willow while there 56 boundaries.
The West Indian ended as the top run-getter in the tournament with 608 runs at a strike rate of 183.13. He smashed two hundreds and three half centuries in 12 games in 2011.
Yet again, Gayle will pad up to enthrall the crowds in Bangalore and the rest of India. When Gayle walks out to bat, it is a nightmare for rival bowlers.
RCB started their preparations on Tuesday evening at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. Coach Ray Jennings spoke about their batting mainstay.
Jennings said Gayle is currently the number one batsman in the world with his exceptional batting skills.
“I think he realises that the IPL helped him, certainly helped him turn his cricket around. He was not picked in the auction but he got picked and now we know that he is the number one in the world," Jennings said.
Jennings said that Gayle is adored by the Indian public and the West Indian knows the importance of playing for RCB.
"And as a human being, the Indian public has started to adore him. He realises the importance of playing for RCB and for the next two months, his focus will be here,” he added.
Bangalore, beware! Gayle force is set to strike you soon.