A Chris Gayle show is awaited today  © Getty Images
A Chris Gayle show is awaited today © Getty Images

Chris Gayle is considered to be one of the most destructive batsman in the history of cricket. This is the reason why he featured in the playing XI of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) even after his inconsistent performances one after another. He failed to reach double figures on 5 occasions, including two ducks. Before the ICC WT20 final, Gayle had an ordinary run except the  hundred against England in the first league match. Nonetheless, he is called a big match player for a reason. RCB were in a desperate need of a win to qualify for playoffs and that’s when the Gayle-storm unleashed itself upon the opponent. First, it was Kolkata Knight Riders and then a hopeless Kings XI Punjab. ALSO READ: Chris Gayle, West Indies Cricket Board and more

Gayle scored 49 runs in the match against KKR to announce his presence in the IPL 9. He got RCB back into the game while chasing a target of 184 at Eden Gardens. He gave his team the platform they needed to chase down the target and make it easy for the batsmen to chase.

Then came the game against an out-of form Kings Xi Punjab. The game was shortened by an untimely rain with 15 overs per side. Chris Gayle started off his innings with four dots. But the bowling team knew, as long as Gayle is on the crease they have every reason to worry. The fans expected him to deliver and he didn’t disappoint anyone. He launched a brutal onslaught, it seemed like the rain at Bengaluru never stopped. The white ball seemed to be going all around the park during Gayle-storm. He shared a 147 run stand with Virat Kohli in 11 overs to give his team advantage over Punjab and scored a quickfire 73 from 32 balls consisting six humongous sixes.

When in form, Gayle’s impact is such that he can make other batsmen look like support staff on the 22-yard pitch. He is not the batsman who would run-hard to covert ones into twos. He backs himself to hit boundaries. He even overshadowed Virat Kohli at some point of his innings, and we all know the form Kohli is in this IPL. At one point, the opposition doesn’t matter for the Caribbean and it was evident in their last match. It seemed like Gayle and Kohli were having a competition among themselves on hitting the most number of sixes.

But the sad truth is Chris Gayle isn’t included in the West Indies squad for the tri-series. It is a loss for both his country and his fans. But we all wish that he fires today to take RCB into the playoffs and to put up a case in-front of the politically-influenced West Indies Cricket Board.

(Arun Rawal, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a daydreamer, movie buff, and cricket fanatic. He could not play cricket, so did the next best thing, writing for it. He loves to play the flick shot over square leg, and believes Sachin Tendulkar is God. His twitter handle is @ArunRawal93)