Shirin Sadikot in Chennai 26 April 2012 - 04:13pm IST
Rating openers on the Gayle-o-Meter
RCB dynamite talks about his fellow openers in the IPL
The Jamaican is arguably the most intimidating batsman in the world at the moment. And true to his batting style, he doesn’t bother with false modesty.
In an exclusive chat with iplt20.com, Gayle easily wore the tag of the biggest striker of the ball. But with great power comes a fair measure of grace. The Royal Bangalore Challengers superhero had some glowing words to share about his fellow opening batsmen in the tournament. He picked the best in the business and elaborated on their strengths and weaknesses.
The Big Five
He has got good eye-hand coordination. I like the way he balances to hit the cricket ball and he has got good speed. He has been successful in all the formats of the game.
My favourite Sehwag shot is the square cut. I like the way he plays it.
As a bowler, it will be pretty easy to get him out. I’ll get him stumped and he won’t get a sniff to hit the ball I bowl.
He is phenomenal. We saw a bit of him in CLT20 2011. He scored two back to back hundreds and it was breathtaking to be a part of it even though I was on the losing side. He is an explosive batsman and will join the IPL later on.
There is no particular area where you can bowl to Warner and get him out. Sometimes you have to hope that he gets himself out.
He has got a lot of experience and is a key member for Kings XI Punjab at the top of the order. He scored a century last year in the IPL as well.
My favourite Gilchrist shot over the last years has been the square cut.
I would want to pull the ball for six the way he does.
Mahela has been a revelation in T20 cricket for the last couple of years. He has done well for himself and for his team. He is a class act and we all know his capability and his finesse of touch.
I would try to get him out by hitting the stump.
He is an all-round player who can play both spin and pace and hit the ball hard. He can hook and pull and can play any shot. All these players are capable of doing anything on any day.
The young stroke-makers
You have a few opening batsman coming up like Richard Levi, Ajinkya Rahane, etc. Opening in T20 is [a] key [skill] and they have to give the team an actual start. Kieron Pollard doesn’t open the batting but gives the ball a good whack.