Two times World Cup winning Australian skipper Ricky Ponting believes Chris Gayle is going for the danger man for the West Indies. Gayle has all the experience under his belt and there is no iota of doubt that he is going to hold the key for the Carribean nation in the World Cup. In fact, Gayle is in fine form in the recent past and he would like to continue in a similar fashion.
Chris Gayle had scored 424 runs (at a Bradmanesque average of 106 ) in the four innings against England in the bilateral series which was played in the West Indies. The southpaw batsman had scored two fifties and two centuries and had made a roaring comeback.
Chris Gayle has all the experience under his belt.
Subsequently, the talisman batsman continued his good form going in the Indian Premier League while playing for Kings XI Punjab. The left-hander scored 490 runs in the 13 matches he played at an average of 40.83.
Gayle is a nightmare for the bowlers and if he can get going, he can demolish any bowling unit into pieces. Thus, West Indies will want their main batsman to be at the top of his game in the World Cup.
“My dangerman for West Indies is Chris Gayle. We have seen recently how good a player he still is, he can do incredible damage at the top of the order. If anything now, he is probably a little bit more sensible, it’s no just crash and bang, he takes the bowlers on that he wants to target. He is an experienced player, a big imposing figure in West Indies top order, every time Gaye is in the line-up, West Indies look like a different team,” said Ponting.
Gayle is going to hold the key.
Meanwhile, Ricky Ponting had also revealed the danger man for Bangladesh. He had stated that their vice-captain Shakib Al Hasan is going to the key player.
On the other hand, Chris Gayle who would be playing his swansong World Cup has scored 10151 runs in 288 One Day matches. Gayle has scored his runs at an average of 38.02 and he would like to sign off from the World Cup stage on a high.
West Indies will kick off their World Cup campaign against Pakistan on 31st May at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.