By CricketCountry Staff
Bangalore: Apr 29, 2012
Explosive opener of the Royal Challengers Bangalore Chris Gayle feels among the various openers he has seen through his career, David Warner, according to him seems to be one batsman who is difficult to be dismissed.
Gayle said, “Sometimes you have to hope that he gets himself out. 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 then.”
Among the other openers Gayle rated Virender Sehwag, Adam Gilchrist, Mahela Jayawardene and Shane Watson among the best in the business.
“I like the hand-eye co-ordination of Sehwag, he balances well and hits the ball with enormous speed. He and Mahela Jayawardene play the cut shot very well.” Gayle was quoted as saying by the official website of Indian Premier League (IPL).
He also praised Mahel Jayawardene’s batting skills and his adaption to the shortest format of the game. 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,” added Gayle.
The Jamaican admires Gilchrist’s pull shot and wishes to pull one over six like he does. He also praised current Australian opener Shane Watson. “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.” said Gayle referring to Watson who’ll be joining the Rajasthan Royals shortly.
Among the few openers who have done well in this season of IPL, Gayle finds Richard Levi and Ajinkya Rahane impressive. He concluded saying. “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.”