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Gayle keen on stepping into bowler's shoes

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Published: Friday, April 27, 2012, 16:51 [IST]
 
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After sixes, Gayle wants wickets!

Kolkata, Apr 27: Royal Challengers Bangalore's most destructive batsman Chris Gayle has said he wants to put up an all-round show in the fifth edition of Indian Premier League, while he had been to an event in Kolkata on Friday.

"I want to play my part with both bat and bowl. I am ready for the chance whenever the captain asks me," he said on the sidelines of a Volkswagen event, when he was asked about his part-time off-break bowling in the tournament.

Gayle, who has been the backbone of RCB's batting, has so far amassed 250 runs off 7 matches with a strike rate of 152.43 and at an average of 41.66, feels he needs to contribute with the ball as well.

Though he is happy with his performance at the start of the innings, he feels there is a need to bowl well as he has not picked a wicket yet in this year's IPL.

"It is good to get some runs at the start. Hopefully, can continue and capitalise on the start and try and make the best use of it. You want to start good [have runs under the belt]. You don't want to leave it too late. It is going to be a key as well going into the tournament.

Gayle hopes he needs to continue his good form throughout the tournament.

"As a player you want to start well and have some confidence. It is a situation where you get a start but you don't want to settle for it and want to keep going."

Gayle after contributing with the bat, is hoping to concentrate on his part-time bowling as well in IPL 5. This move would definitely relieve the pressure off Daniel Vettori as the find for a good fifth bowler has been going on for a long time now. After smashing sixes, Gayle looks to gain expertise with the ball.

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