The mere sight of Chris Gayle standing on the pitch with his mighty willow can send chills down the spine of even the best bowlers in the world. One of the most devastating batsmen of all time, Gayle is the most decorated T20 batsman of all time. With over 11,000 runs and 21 fifties, Gayle has been an absolute nightmare for the bowlers in T20s. Even in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League, the 38-year old is making a big mark.
In 4 games, he has scored 2 fifties and a century and has hit 23 sixes. However, it seems not every bowler is intimidated by Gayle’s scarcely-believable six-hitting abilities. And one of them is none other than India’s latest spin sensation Kuldeep Yadav. The chinaman spinner, currently playing for Kolkata Knight Riders, revealed why he would not mind bowling to Gayle. Instead he said that bowling at Virat Kohli is a ‘lot more difficult’.
“It really does not affect me who is batting against me but someone like Virat is a lot more difficult to bowl at as he will not let you bowl dot balls and besides hitting you for a four or six, will take twos and threes too. This creates pressure on the bowler. No doubt Chris Gayle is an impact player and dominates every bowler. He can hit you for a six or maybe a four but can’t take singles and doubles. So there is always the option of bowling a dot ball to him and also taking a wicket,” he said.
Speaking about his own performance, Kuldeep said he would have wanted more wickets at this stage of the league. The left-arm spinner entered the tournament after recovering from a long injury layoff. In 8 games so far, he has taken 7 wickets.
“Personally, I am not that happy with myself. I wanted more wickets against my name at this stage of the tournament. But I am returning from an injury. It was difficult for me to perform straightaway after that finger injury. I feel good to get my rhythm back. Hopefully, I will do well in the coming games,” said the chinaman.