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'Kohli can overhaul Gayle's 175' - Watson

A round-up of IPL news from April 27, 2013

Watson terms Gayle's innings as 'super human'
Shane Watson might wonder if he actually scored the first hundred of IPL 6. A day after stepping down as Australia's vice-captain, the Rajasthan Royals allrounder scored an effortless 60-ball century against Chennai Super Kings. Michael Hussey spoilt his former Australian's team-mate's party by hitting a match-winning 88. The very next day, Gayle rubbed further salt on Watson's wounds by blasting a record-breaking 30-ball century. Watson missed the Gayle blitz as he was on a flight. Calling Gayle's innings "super human", Watson said that a lot of things need to fall in place in order to score a Twenty20 century, and that is one reason why it is a rare feat only few have achieved. Asked if he could think of any contenders who could break Gayle's record, Watson had one name. "It will be extremely difficult to improve upon. It looks like one of those records that just stay on. When Brendon Mc-Cullum scored 158 for KKR in the first year, we had thought that would stay on, but then Gayle came by. It would need an extraordinary effort to improve Gayle's 175, but having said that, there are always players with potential. Virat Kohli is one person who can do that over time. There has to be some amazing talent to do that." Watson told the Times of India.

Gayle's secret weapon
There are no secrets to Chris Gayle's batting style. A combination of power, timing, alertness and patience has allowed Gayle to evolve into one of the most dangerous batsmen in Twenty20 cricket. To the list, Gayle can now add his most important weapon: the bat. "Having a good bat certainly helps," Gayle wrote in his column in The Hindu. Without revealing the exact weight and dimensions, Gayle said that he carries five bats in his kit bag, each one worked upon precisely by its owner. "There's been a lot of attention on mine (cricket bats) in recent days, with people speculating on how heavy it is. I can tell you that yes, my bat does have some weight on it, but it suits me in the same way that others would go for whatever bat suits them."

How to counter Gayle?
Waqar Younis, the former Pakistan fast bowler, who joined Sunrisers Hyderabad as a bowling consultant this season, says that the only way for a bowler to bounce back against Chris Gayle is to respond positively. According to Waqar, one failure cannot stop a bowler from trying again. "We all saw what happened in the Bangalore - Pune game. If a great hitter like Chris Gayle chooses to attack, then [the] bowlers are bound to be demoralised. But during our playing days, we were always told bowl with a big heart. We were also under tremendous pressure, but trying to bowl better after a bad delivery is the only way out. And I say the same [thing] to my bowlers. Keep trying, you may fail, but if you don't even try, you are bound to fail," Younis told Mail Today.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Sai on April 30, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    Well even with Kohli's consistency, I think Gayle's record-breaking 175* will stand forever like Lara's 400*. These are simply records that cannot be broken, Lara was all class and Gayle is all power. Kohli is a mixture of both, and although I'm not saying he can't smash a 30-ball century, he has a long way to go. But if someone like Watto, who smashed 185* against BD off some 90 odd balls said that, then Kohli may as well one day achieve that feat. IMO, Yusuf Pathan - when he comes back to his long lost form - seems the only capable one to break that record.

  • Dummy4 on April 27, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    think alot of indians really lap it up when the likes of watson talk up their players mean theres plenty of batsmen who would do that on any given day even watson himself but as for naming kholi only smh...the guy is good but not theee talented cos theres a lot of blokes even better than him!

  • gurinder on April 27, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    only sehwag and kohli have firepowers and talents to score 175 plus in 20 overs. both have already done similar feats. sehwag scored 219 in under 20 overs and who can forget kohli masterclass of 183. dhoni too can score 175 as he has hs of 183 in about 110 balls and he is best finisher in limited over game. another batsmen which i can remember having such big score at high sr is saurav ganguly , he was probably best offside player in history of game.

  • vishwas on April 27, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    i dont think kohli can score 100 in t20 and i dont think he can score even 150 in test...... but he is very consistent , be it 40+ in t20 100+in odi and tests...... he can only makes big score in ODI..... he is gifted for ODI cricket......

  • charlie on April 27, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    Instead of 175 ,it could well have been 200 with the unselfish play of his partners at the end !! There was that time towards the end when he should have been given the strike ,as the settled batsman to finish it off ; that would have been something more to behold , as for a record .

  • Coraline on April 27, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Hey .... common watso ?? stop joking ... Virat Kohli ... No way ... it can be either you, ABD, Dhoni, Brendon, Sehwag or Pollard ... but u gotta b opener to do that ... these ppl are capable ... but i think in practice it is possible only for the Goliath Christopher Henry Gayle again :) :)

  • vas on April 27, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    Only Gayle can break his own record. Nobody has his power. Brendon McCullum comes second.

  • Dummy4 on April 27, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    virat has got the class.. but he doesn't have enough power to overcome christ gayle

  • Dummy4 on April 27, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    dere r only 2 batsman who can brake gayle's record...its either Brendon McCullum or Chris gayle other possibilities

  • mohammad on April 27, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    Gayle is a flat track bully.Give him a turning pitch and you need a couple of decent spinners to stop him.

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