Such is the beauty of T20 cricket that two cricketers from virtually two opposite poles will be seen taking the field together in the newly launched South African domestic T20 League.
Jacques Kallis and Chris Gayle – these two names despite being entirely different in the way they approach batting have one thing in similar, i.e. their middle name which is Henry. The two stalwarts of the game will be turning up for the Cape Town Knight Riders in the inaugural edition of the T20 Global League.
If the Cape Town franchise harbour hopes of winning the tournament then these two names will have to perform consistently. They kick off their campaign against Pretoria Mavericks on November 3. Meanwhile, Kallis heaped praises on Gayle and stated that he has nothing to prove to anyone but to himself that he is still one of the best T20 batsman going around.
“He’s actually a very chilled guy,” Kallis was quoted as saying during the official team launch. “He’s at a stage of his career now, not that he needs to prove anything, but he wants to show that he’s still one of the best T20 players around.
“He is fit as ever; he’s been training hard. He’s done well now in the CPL (Caribbean Premier League), and I know there are a lot of bowlers in South Africa who have lost a night’s sleep knowing that they have to bowl to Chris Gayle. That’s certainly not going to change anytime soon, and hopefully he can hit some form and get us off to some flyers in the tournament,” Kallis further added.
Meanwhile, Gayle has already excited Cape Town captain JP Duminy after his sensational performances in the Caribbean Premier League where he smashed 93 of 47 deliveries and 71 of 55 deliveries in the final two games for St. Kitts and Nevis.
“I am very excited (about Gayle’s arrival). I am obviously hoping he is going to put some amazing performances in for the team. He’s a great team man. I haven’t necessarily played with him on the same team, but I have been on the receiving end of a few sixes and a few fours, and hopefully, he’ll put in a few good performances for the Knight Riders this year,” said Duminy.
It’s going to be a fantastic game. I can’t wait for it now. If we can get a packed Newlands, it is going to be a wonderful atmosphere. I haven’t been involved in (Cape) Cobras cricket for four years, so it is nice to come back and be in charge of a Cape Town team,” Kallis said regarding the opening match of the newly launched league which will start from 3rd November.