The Big Man is at it again! Yes, Chris Gayle is once again in the news after cautioning hosts India about his destructive abilities leading up to the semi-final between the two sides in Mumbai. In his interaction with the media in Mumbai, Gayle was at his coolest as he warned the Indians about “actually starting off the tournament”.
“This is a perfect opportunity to actually start the tournament and try and pick up where I left off, get a big one for the team and put them in a winning position,” Gayle said on Tuesday. “The only positive you can look from the Afghanistan game is the motive,” Gayle said, when quizzed about West Indies’ shocking loss to rookies Afghanistan at Nagpur.
A point worth noting is that West Indies are playing with a depleted unit, as the likes of Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine are absent from the scheme of things. “That goes to show the strength of West Indies cricket back home,” Gayle said. “The guys who actually replaced the first picks, someone like Carlos Brathwaite, he won us the game against South Africa and the bench is still strong enough.”
Gayle also admitted that the rise of Virat Kohli as a world beater did not surprise him one bit. “No surprise there,” he said. “I have said it over the years he is going to be the world-beater he is today. “He has been fantastic right through the year. He has been in a great form. He can still get runs but in a losing cause. We’ll be happy with that as well.”