IPL 2012: Plan will be to get Chris Gayle out early, says David Hussey

David Hussey has been named as KXIP’s stand-in-skipper for Friday’s game against RCB in the absence of regular captain Adam Gilchrist, who has been ruled out of the tie after he pulled a hamstring in last night’s game against KKR AFP

By Sabi Hussain

New Delhi: Apr 19, 2012

Chris Gayle’s devastating form has been playing on the minds of Kings XI Punjab players as David Hussey on Thursday said that the explosive Jamaican’s early dismissal will be key to KXIP’s success against Royal Challengers Bangalore in an IPL game at Chandigarh on Friday.

“He is one of the best players in the world in this format of the game. Our plan is to execute our skills to perfection and try getting him out for a low score. If we don’t get him out early, he can take the game away from us.

He can win it for the team on his own,” Hussey told PTI in an interview.

“Gayle takes the game away from the opposition very quickly. If we get him out cheaply, it gives us a chance to go for the middle-order. The Bangalore team has star-studded line-up which includes A B de Villiers, Saurabh Tiwary and India’s best batsman at the moment Virat Kohli,” added the Australian.

Hussey has been named as KXIP’s stand-in-skipper for Friday’s game against RCB in the absence of regular captain Adam Gilchrist, who has been ruled out of the tie after he pulled a hamstring in last night’s game against KKR.

KXIP’s middle-order has received a big boost with the inclusion of former Pakistan all-rounder Azhar Mahmood, who now has a multi-city visa to play for the Punjab outfit.

And Hussey said the Pakistani-turned-Briton all-rounder brings with him huge amount of experience, which will be handy for the struggling Punjab team.

“Azhar is a very classy player. He always did well for Pakistan. He always did well for his county side Kent in England. He provides the right kind of experience to the team.

He is a good middle-order player,” he said.

Punjab slumped to their third defeat, first in their own backyard, when KKR beat them comprehensively by eight wickets last night, and the 34-year-old said inconsistent batting has been the main cause of concern for KXIP.

“Batters have let the bowlers down. In every game so far, our batting was not that great. Our bowlers really worked hard to defend the totals. Bowling has been our highlight and I hope they keep on winning games for us,” Hussey said.

“We have been inconsistent in the tournament so far. We need to be a lot more consistent is we wish to reach the knockout stage. We don’t have too many stars but overall we are a good team. If we put things together, we are hopeful of reaching the finals,” he added.

Hussey said he doesn’t mind batting at any position and rejected suggestions that he should be promoted up the order ahead of Mandeep Singh.

“Mandeep is a very talented player. It’s not a problem for me (playing at any spot). I just think of scoring as many runs as possible for the team when I go to bat. I am happy playing at any position as far as team wins,” he said.