WT20: Gayle reveals secret behind hitting sixes!

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Updated: Friday, September 21, 2012, 17:44 [IST]
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Colombo, Sep 21: The dangerous T20 batsman in the world, Chris Gayle, who is known for his huge hits to the stands has revealed the secret of hitting those huge sixes as he said that balance is the key for achieving perfection on the eve of West Indies' opening match against Australia at Premadasa Stadium on Thursday.

Balance is the key to hit sixes: Gayle

Gayle, who has hit 27 sixes in ICC World T20 so far including the first three editions, feels one can easily go for huge hits irrespective of the delivery, if the cricketer has good balance.

"The key thing is balance. You have to have good balance to be able to hit a lot of sixes. I put special emphasis, on my balance. You have to realise that bowlers aren't always going to make it easy for you," he said after a training session at Colts ground on Thursday.

The Jamaican who has been consistent in getting the huge ones and has topped the charts in IPL, Big Bash and Bangladesh Premier League for most sixes, said the secret behind hitting those big sixes is just strength.

"Bit of strength work, to be honest and once the ball is in your slot you go for it. I am sure everyone can hit a six these days. It doesn't seem so hard these days with everybody getting big bats. Clearing the boundary is easy. So it's one of those things - you try and get a start and once you are set, you can take advantage of the conditions once you get accustomed to all the bowlers," he added.

Gayle further added saying that the batsman has to be mentally prepared while going for such shots.

"You have to create the shots, so you have to make sure you do it well. So you have to be mentally prepared as well."

Talking about the team's clash against Australia on Saturday, Gayle said the team is quite confident, as they have the right balance.

"Look at our team - we can bat right down. Bowling-wise, we have spinners and fast bowlers. The key for us now is to get to the second round. And try and take it step by step. You don't want to wait around for too long before you play a game.

Gayle wary of the Australians, said the first match on Saturday would be vital.

"You want to get in it and make best use of the conditions. Sometimes you have to wait around for a week and that can get quite difficult. Try and get in the right frame of mind. The first game (against Australia) is vital. You don't want to play catch-up cricket in T20, so it's a very big match for us. It will also get our confidence going," he said.

When asked about his birthday plans, Gayle replied saying that he would celebrate it with the West Indies Women's cricket team!

"I will celebrate with West Indies women's team. But seriously, I will have a drink and sit quietly. May be, we will celebrate once we beat Australia."


Story first published:  Friday, September 21, 2012, 12:48 [IST]
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