Thomas credits Gayle for taking the game away from Somerset

Chris Gayle in action during the CLT20 match between RCB and Somerset at Bengaluru on Monday AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Bengaluru: Oct 4, 2011

Somerset captain Alfonso Thomas praised Royal Challengers Bangalore explosive batsman Chris Gayle for playing a stunning knock of 86 off 46 balls, adding that the Caribbean cricketer outplayed the English side.

“You always have to have a plan B in place against him. I was very surprised by the way he played. Usually, he comes in all guns blazing in the first six overs but today he held himself back, which was not a part of our game plan against him,” Thomas told reporters after the match.

“We thought he would come hard at us in the PowerPlay and hopefully, one of our seamers would knock him over, making things easy for my left-arm spinners later on. When Gayle gets going, you, as a bowler have to make sure he’s hitting you in the areas that you want him to. If he hits it over, well done that s what he gets paid to do,” he added.

Alfonso said his side had a couple of chances in the start but failed to bank on the opportunities. “We had a couple of half chances in the first three overs but we couldn’t hold on to the catches. Had we taken them, things would have gone according to our game plan,” he said.

“No one drops a catch on purpose and both the blokes – Jos Butler and Steven Kirby – are wholehearted cricketers. Things like that happen and you just have to pick yourself up and prepare for the next contest,” he added

Despite chasing a huge target of 207 from 20 overs, Thomas felt his team would have won the match.

“We almost felt like we were playing back in England. One thing we did successfully back home was hit the ball straight. I thought the boys tried to be too cute with their shots today. Had our batsmen stuck to the basics, who knows, the result would have been different or we might have ran them close,” Thomas said.