May 12, 2013

Newsfile, May 12

'Watching Miller was like looking in a mirror' - Gayle

Nikita Bastian

Chris Gayle, in his column in Hindustan Times, has said watching Kings XI Punjab's David Miller slam a 38-ball ton was a "painful lesson", and reminded him of the brutal innings he dishes out himself. "It's never fun to get a taste of your own medicine," Gayle wrote. "In a way, I could emphatise with a lot of bowlers as I was left saying to myself 'so that's what it feels like to be on the receiving end of a hammering'. It was almost like looking in a mirror to be honest, the way Miller kept taking his chances and the manner in which he was striking the ball. A painful lesson." Miller had helped Kings XI chase down Royal Challengers' 190 last week, striking at 265.78. Royal Challengers then almost faced another defeat following a similar - if much less intense - final surge from Delhi Daredevils on Friday. Gayle said the match was almost déjà vu: "I'm well placed to know the dangers left-handers pose and after Miller, we were close to experiencing some more agony against Delhi Daredevils the other night thanks to a couple of more southpaws in Irfan Pathan and Morne Morkel. Thankfully, we were able to pull through that time."

Parvez Rasool says no to liquor logos
Jammu and Kashmir allrounder Parvez Rasool, who has become the first player from the northern state to play in the IPL, has blanked out the logos of Pune Warriors' liquor-company sponsors from his jersey with the permission of the franchise. The logos, Rasool said, "hurt his religious sentiments". "I used tape to hide the logo and people were initially wondering why I was doing this. I told them that it is because my religion prohibits alcohol consumption. I can't endorse liquor brands," Rasool was quoted as saying by the Sunday Express. "For me my belief is paramount. My family is happy with the decision."

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Posted by kafkafka on (May 12, 2013, 23:04 GMT)

Its the most self-serving compliment I've heard. But its very much like Mr. Gayle to do so.

Posted by StevieS on (May 12, 2013, 9:21 GMT)

Yes quite the mirror, Miller does it chancing when the pressure is on, Gayle does in when setting a score with no pressure. I wonder if Miller will also mirror him in being able to bat on anything less that a road with quality bowlers.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2013, 9:07 GMT)

What a diplomatic statement! Even cricketers play mind games. Gayle knows that if Hyderabad wins and RCB lose today they will be in trouble so he is making sure Miller inspires Punjab to win. Too much!

Posted by   on (May 12, 2013, 9:01 GMT)

This is great honour for Miller,especially coming from Gayle... This is how you earn respect, through performance and not through paper!

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