Bangalore, May 10: It is one sight which most bowlers in IPL 5 hate. Chris Gayle walking out with his heavy bat onto a cricket pitch. Be it Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai or any other Indian city, Gayle is consistently jeopardising IPL bowlers and spectators in the stands!
The power he generates with his big bat is enough to fetch him plethora of sixes. Gayle is the new Six-hitting Machine. As he crosses the boundary line in a red Royal Challengers Bangalore gear, a red alert is sounded for the bowlers!
After the tall Jamaican produced yet another brutal attack on Mumbai Indians bowlers at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday night, bowlers would be thinking how to keep this RCB batsman in check.
Fast bowlers, spinners, coaches and video analysts will be pondering over the Gayle conundrum. How do they solve this puzzle? Is it in their hands to halt the Jamaican's march? The best solution at the moment is not to bowl at all!
West Indies team is the biggest loser here. It is a pity that a batsman like Gayle has been kept out of international duty due to various reasons. However, he is set to end his exile soon after talks with West Indies Cricket Board have produced fruitful results and Gayle has scrapped his contract with Somerset county.
For the first half of Mumbai innings, the home batsmen struggled to put bat to ball. Their wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik slammed the 22-yard strip as a Test match wicket. But when Gayle strode to the middle, conditions, bowlers and fielders did not matter.
He kept smashing those sixes in his own style. He has taken this season's tally to 37. The most notable statistic about Gayle's batting is that he has hit more sixes than fours. He believes in only sending the ball over the ropes and not keep the cherry on the ground. He has 33 boundaries and took his aggregate past 500 runs.
Lagging behind for most of the tournament in claiming the Orange Cap, Gayle picked that on Wednesday night to upstage Virender Sehwag of Delhi Daredevils. Gayle now has 515 runs in 10 innings.
His highest score so far in IPL 5 is 87 and an average of 57.22. The strike rate stands at 149.27. In 10 visits to the crease, he has smashed six half centuries. His average is the best among the top 10 run-getters this season and he is not finished yet.
The 32-year-old Gayle has already crossed a century of sixes in IPL history. He is the only man to do this.
Last year, he collected 608 runs (12 innings) with 44 sixes gushing out of his broad bat. He won the Orange Cap award in 2011, in his first year as an RCB player.
In all, Gayle has 259 sixes in 103 Twenty20 games. That is 90 more than what he managed in 228 One Day Internationals for the West Indies. In 91 Tests, he has scored 75 sixes. He has played 20 T20 Internationals with 34 sixes. In all forms of the game, the tally has crossed 500.
Gayle's six-scoring spree will keep continuing. Warning for bowlers is simple: There is 100 percent chance of Gayle storm hitting you again. Beware!