Chris Gayle knows how to enter the IPL.
In IPL 2011, after being unsold at auction, he flew as a replacement for an injured Dirk Nuns and scored an unbeaten 102 for 55 against Kolkata Knight Riders, his old franchise when he was jet-legged. In the IPL 2018, the auction was virtually unsold, but picked up by Kings XI Punjab at the last minute, they lost 63 out of 63 at the top of the order against the eventual champions Chennai Super Kings.
IPL 2020 was spent with the Gaels or for more than half the league stage at Sick Bay. The first match after recovery was available against the franchise, with whom he became a superstar in 2011, but who did not bid for him for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2018. A successful outing was pre-determined.
The Royal Challengers agreed to face Gayle. Prior to this game, Gayle had a strike rate of 111.78 against the off spin in the IPL, which was below his overall IPL strike rate of north of 150. The Royal Challengers had Washington Sundar, an offspinner at the top of their game in this tournament, with the best economy rate anyone Bowler. If Gayle could have bowled in a beautiful powerplay, he often did. If he did not, Sundar could bowl whenever he came. He did this as well. Gayle came out to bat on the last ball of the eighth over and Sundar was bowled by the ninth.
At first, it seemed that the plan would work. Gayle faced seven balls in Sundar’s first two overs and took only four singles from him. Then, like he has planned to harass Gayle several times in his T20 career.
It is not that Sundar bowled badly, but the long-standing exemplary command that he showed that all tournaments were destroyed for a long time. Gayle Sundar would face nine more balls, and they disappeared for 28 runs. Almost all of them scored, in Gayle fashion, through six-sixes.
Gayle’s ending with 53 out of 45 is almost accidental. What he showed in his innings was another iteration of the Gayle method. He is unrelated to the strike rate at the start of his innings. Their main focus is to reduce the pitch speed and assess the bowlers. She can do Because he knows that he has the most valuable thing in T20 Cricket: he is hitting sixes.
Gayle’s manner in the T20s takes his batting to the surface once and the bowling attack considers every ball by default as if it is a chance to hit a six. That’s why he sets himself up, stance, front leg always on the verge of being clean, swinging off the bat. They have to think about how many sixes they have: 983 and counting in T20 Cricket. Kieron Pollard is second on 685, and no one has violated the 500. What is the fastest way to cover a distance of 100 kilometers? You can get there in an hour by driving fast in the hatchback. But if you can take 10 minutes to cover the first 10 kilometers while warming up your racing car, and then zoom in for 45 minutes over the next 90 minutes, you will move faster.
Gayle was 7 for 15 at one time on Thursday. It is almost natural that he should score 46 runs in his next 30 balls. Gayle’s strike rate is barely above a ball in the first ten balls of his innings in all IPLs. The strike rate has not been an issue due to the way Gayle starts off slow. In his autobiography, Six machines, Giving a glimpse of his process, he wrote, “Wild swinging won’t win you a game … I shed tears to pieces, but I sting my prey first.”
He elaborates on what he calculates when batting in a T20: how many overs a bowler will bowl, at what level he can bowl, which bowler will aim for a big over and The bowling will force the captain to replace him. The plan is. “Who am I against? How can they hurt me? How else can I hurt them?”
This is how T20 works. And this is what Gayle, who has a deep understanding of the format and his game, works. He has performed better than anyone in the history of the game.
The science behind Gayle’s batting is overshadowed by his brilliant performance, but it is there. Prior to the game, he said that he was more than happy for the fans himself as he would finally get to see him bat in the IPL. Afterwards, he said, “Now I can finish the IPL for 2020, make myself available by 2021. Get out of the bubble right now, and go!”
But in between, he also came along: “It’s disappointing to be honest with you. You don’t really come here to sit, but that’s what it is … It’s a bit of relief for me, But there’s absolutely no pressure. Been there, done that too often. “
In his fanfare, Gayle was almost invincible in T20. If he had run out of conditions, six-handed mayhem was guaranteed. She is no longer in that prime, the eyes may not be as tall as she used to, the reflexis of 41 is not what they were in the early 30s, and the body resists more. But Gayle showed that given the right circumstances, he could still be a force. The carrying of Sundar was proof of that. Sundar, who came in to bowl the 17th over, succeeded in playing a lot of balls at length that troubled all batsmen in this IPL: not entirely to drive, too short to pull, compared to most spinners By running fast. Gayle has still hit sixes to dismiss two of those balls, which is an old strength for the old batsmen.
He went there, he did it. more often than. And now he is back to do it again.