Secret behind Gayle's huge sixes revealed

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Published: Friday, May 18, 2012, 13:45 [IST]
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'Wanted to stay longer at the crease'

New Delhi, May 18: Royal Challengers Bangalore's destructive opener, Chris Gayle who smashed a 62-ball unbeaten 128 to script a 21-run victory over Delhi Daredevils on Thursday night said, the only thing on his mind was to stay longer at the wicket.

"Maiden over is okay, as long as I am there till the end,” said Gayle.

The 32 year old, who hit 13 sixes on Thursday to equal Brendon McCullum's record of 13 sixes in an innings, said the secret behind hitting sixes is to keep your body still.

"The secret behind those sixes was good balance, and to have a pitch where the ball comes up to the bat helps. Hope I continue like this in the [remaining] tournament," Gayle said.

The Jamaican also knew that he would get more runs of he stayed for long at the crease.

“If I stay longer, it helps to get the runs for the team," Gayle added.

He did not want to move around in the crease which actually paid off as he struck 13 deliveries to the stands.

"A couple of innings have me moving around which did not help. Thanks to Virat Kohli for his support at the other end," he said.

While RCB skipper Virat Kohli, who joine Gayle in demolishing the Delhi attack, got some runs in front of his home crowd, praised the Jamaican batsman for his explosive innings.

"It was an exciting game of cricket, and a good pitch to bat on. Batting with Chris is a wonderful experience. A lot of them [shots] could have taken my head off at the non-striker's end," he said.

He further added saying that the team needs to win their last match against Deccan Chargers to make it to the last four.

"We need to win the last game to make it to the play-offs," he said.


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