Gayle is one of the most destructive batsmen in world cricket at the moment. He has been in great form in the recently concluded Indian Premier League playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Now, the focus has shifted to 50-over cricket and India and West Indies face off in a Group B encounter on Tuesday.
On the eve of the match, Dhoni was asked about playing West Indies in England for the first time since 1983 World Cup and what he thought of Gayle.
"That's a long time (1983 World Cup), close to when I was born - I was born in 1981 - so I don't remember much for sure," Dhoni said.
He continued: "But the Gayle factor, it will always be there. He is one of those individuals that have a big impact on the game. It's always good to get them out early. Our fast bowlers will have a fair chance in that they'll have two new balls to get him out. Overcast condition may be a bit of help from the wicket.
Yeah, it will be an interesting game because what's important is to realise if you don't get batsmen like Chris Gayle out, most likely he'll take you out of the game."
India won their opening game against South Africa in Cardiff. If Dhoni and his boys win today, they are almost assured of a semi-final berth in this final edition of Champions Trophy.
Watch Dhoni speak on Gayle in pre-match media conference