Advertisement

HindustanTimes Fri,26 Dec 2014
The perfect storm
Hindustan Times
March 27, 2012
First Published: 23:20 IST(27/3/2012)
Last Updated: 12:33 IST(31/3/2012)

At the 2011 IPL auction in Bangalore, a West Indies swashbuckler was ignored by the owners. All the attention was on Brian Lara, whose comeback attempts were snubbed by the owners. There was another West Indian, one in his prime, who also failed to land a contract - Chris Gayle. Ironically enough, the Bangalore franchise, RCB, lost pacer Dirk Nannes to injury early in the season. They needed a foreign player to bolster their title ambitions.

Enter Gayle. In his first match, against former team Kolkata Knight Riders, he blasted a 55-ball 102, to set the ball rolling. He hit another century, against the Kochi Tuskers, which included 37 runs off one over. Landing shots in the top tier of the Chinnaswamy Stadium, he even managed to find time to rough up a few Kannada television journalists.

Gayle also forged a strong partnership with Virat Kohli, getting runs in the middle with the Delhi batsman and alternating as each other's wingman during the after parties (Needless to say, the cheerleaders never stood a chance). When it was all done, he finished with 608 runs at a strike rate of 183.03 and had hit 44 sixes, 21 more than nearest competitor MS Dhoni (who played four more matches). The only thing he failed to do was fire in the final, where R Ashwin got rid of him cheaply. We won't hold that against him. Even you wouldn't if you'd seen him groove on the dance floor after the final!


comment Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of www.hindustantimes.com
blog comments powered by Disqus

Advertisement

trending video

We regret the action of Luke Pomersbach: Vijay Mallya
Advertisement

IPL made a positive impact on world cricket: Nannes

Dirk Nannes and Ray Jenning
Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer Dirk Nannes feels that the high-profile Indian Premier League has been a good learning experience for players from across the countries, and the Twenty20 tournament has made a positive impact on world cricket.

What a revelation Nadeem has been for the Daredevils

Kotla crowd epitomises spirit of Indian cricket

It's wrong to crucify players unsuited for Twenty20 format

Advertisement
Copyright © 2014 HT Media Limited. All Rights Reserved