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Miller’s knock was a painful lesson, says Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle
May 12, 2013
First Published: 00:35 IST(12/5/2013)
Last Updated: 01:53 IST(12/5/2013)

It's never fun to get a taste of your own medicine. That's what I realised in the match against the Kings XI Punjab when David Miller capped off an amazing knock by dispatching me for a six to win the game for his team.

In a way, I could emphatise with a lot of bowlers as I was left saying to myself 'so that's what it feels like to be on the receiving end of a hammering'.

Tough and bitter as it was for me and my teammates to swallow that defeat, it was a very special innings from a player in very good form.

It was almost like looking in a mirror to be honest, the way Miller kept taking his chances and the manner in which he was striking the ball. A painful lesson, but hey that's cricket!

Dangerous lot
I'm well placed to know the dangers left-handers pose and after Miller, we were close to experiencing some more agony against the Delhi Daredevils the other night thanks to a couple of more southpaws in Irfan Pathan and Morne Morkel.

Thankfully, we were able to pull through this time and come away with a crucial win which keeps us in the top four.

Another tough game awaits us today against the Kolkata Knight Riders and considering our current trouble with left-handers, we will need to tackle Gautam Gambhir and Eoin Morgan with caution.

With the ball, Sunil Narine is clearly our biggest threat and it will be important to adopt the same approach against him to the one we used in Bangalore.

Much has been made of sharing so-called 'secrets' about your national team colleagues with your franchise team, especially with the rise of T20 leagues.

No secrets
Be it Narine or any other player, in this day and age with the use of video analysis and other technology as well as with the volume of cricket played, there are hardly any secrets.

Of course, as we all are competitive cricketers trying to win, I don't see any issues in sharing information about a familiar player if it can give your team a slender advantage.

PMG
The writer is RCB opener


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