Preparation pays off for Chris Gayle

Krishna Chopra / 16 March 2016

Chris Gayle is often called as the “world boss”, and that is not without any concrete reason. The way he demolishes the bowlers, he indeed is the world boss and no one stands second to the mighty Jamaican. Eoin Morgan’s England outfit faced the heat from Gayle’s willow as the southpaw went on a rampage. Gayle registered his second T20I century and was the anchor of the West Indies run chase.

In the post match interview, Gayle admitted that intensely preparing before the game had paid off. “The preparation has been really good, it’s all about practising then doing it in the middle. The dew played a part as well. After facing the first over I took a while to get back on strike, but Marlon helped ease the pressure,” said Gayle. “We wanted to stay ahead of the run-rate, pleased to finish the game and not leave it to anyone else,” Gayle added.

Gayle also shared a funny incident from the dressing room which pumped him up. “I was pumped today. Before I went out, Sulieman Benn said ‘entertain me’. The guys who play the IPL know it’s a good wicket so we knew we always had a chance to chase it down,” he said.

Speaking of West Indies’ next fixture against Sri Lanka, Gayle said, “Hopefully we can move onto Sri Lanka now. Bangalore, my hometown. Hopefully, I can entertain again. The celebration was all about DJ Bravo and his new song.”

Skipper Darren Sammy was ecstatic with the win, as he said, “It’s always fun watching #worldboss. We were quite happy at halfway, at no stage did England get away. To restrict them to nine-an-over we were quite happy. Marlon is a big-match player. I had a feeling it would be his day and the way he took control of the Powerplay. It became quite easy. We aware of all that has been said about our team, but we have belief in ourselves in this format. We will go out and try to entertain.”