Bangalore v Pune, IPL 2013, Bangalore April 24, 2013

'When Gayle bats like that nobody wants to bowl' - Bhuvneshwar

ESPNcricinfo staff

Royal Challengers Bangalore's run rate on Tuesday night was 13.15 an over. There was Chris Gayle and there was also AB de Villiers, whose exhibitions in big-hitting lifted them to the biggest total ever in Twenty20 cricket. Yet, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the Pune Warriors seamer, conceded 23 runs in 24 balls. His team-mates' economy rates, Luke Wright apart, varied between 12.00 and 29.00.

While that was personally satisfying, Bhuvneshwar said it was a night when it was natural to regret becoming a bowler. "As a team it was a tough match to play but individually for me it was good. We gave away 265 runs out of which I gave only 23 runs. That was satisfying for me," he told the IPL site after the match. "[But] when Gayle bats like that nobody wants to bowl, especially on a wicket like this where the ball comes on well onto the bat. All I can say is that it's tough luck for the bowlers if he decides to bat like that."

In all Bhuvneshwar bowled seven balls at Gayle, conceding 11 runs. At the start of the game, Bhuvneshwar said, he was eager to get Gayle out as soon as possible, but as the match progressed he was happy to get him off strike. "With the new ball I was trying to get him out because he's that kind of batsman who can make up later on even if you bowl some dots to him initially," he said. "In the death overs I just tried to keep him off strike so that I can bowl to the other batsman. I just tried to keep the ball away from his body so that he can take a single and get off strike.

"During the first strategic timeout we spoke of getting him out as soon as possible. But we couldn't do that. We could have bowled better but then you never know. We tried to do different things but he just kept hitting. Ishwar Pandey was playing his first match in this tournament and he went for 21 runs in the first over, and he obviously became nervous. It happens when you're playing against Gayle."

Warriors now have four points from eight games and the worst net run rate among all nine teams: -1.467. They had experienced a high after ending an 11-game losing streak by beating Rajasthan Royals and then upsetting Chennai Super Kings at Chepauk, but have since three matches on the trot again. Gayle's innings will prove to be a particularly tough blow to take, Bhuvneshwar said: "It is very difficult [to recover from an assault like this], especially for us as we are going through a tough time.

"All we can do as a team is stick together and keep backing each other. We're trying to be as positive as we can and can only hope for the best from here."

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  • nuwan on April 27, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    pune miss the tric aginst gayle mendise & mathews are the best bowlers aginst him you should know he cant bat well aginst sri lankan he also know that but pune miss it next time get mendise in and should he get big man out gayle is best but not aginst sri lanka use that agints him sunrises did it with thisara perera use srilankan bowls they diliverd you

  • Anubhav on April 25, 2013, 20:13 GMT

    In fact I feel that Gayle was lucky...Gayle is always circumspect like other batsman in intial phase...Gayle did not get to face many of his deliveries at the start and Dilshan sort of played Bhuvneshwar without taking any risks.

  • Dummy4 on April 24, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    I like this. Even the umpire in the pic in this article cannot avoid having a chuckle at Gayle's Gangnam-style dance.

  • Dummy4 on April 24, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    gayle is a super star in cricket world nobody there to bowl vs gyle :D

  • Dummy4 on April 24, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    Gayle also topped the bowling for the RCB. 2 wickets for 5 runs. No bowler did better.

  • Kapil on April 24, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Amazed why Yuvraj didn't bowled, if he's fit enough to play the game why didn't he roll his arm? Ridiculous decision to put the new man (Ishwar Pandey) in front of big hitters .like Gayle and Dilshan. As a senior player Yuvraj should have bowled yesterday. They should also use Steve Smith with ball.

  • Kashi on April 24, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    While we saw Gayle's wonderful knock and were struggling to find words to describe and admire, here was an leading English daily (Times of India) that pushed the Gayle innings to a less important page and had a full page describing someones 40th birthday who refuses to retire and may be aiming half century of age in playing cricket!

  • mohnish on April 24, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    Some sportsmen are great players....some are great ambassadors of the game where as some others are icons. If we were to go by sheer entertainment then Chris Gayle is a phenomena in himself. Yes.. we have Sachin, Sehwag, Ponting, kallis, Lara & many other greats of this game & the aura that they carry with them is incomparable. But there is something different about this guy and you can expect the unexpected from him. If I were to bet on someone making a double hundred in T20, I will put all my money on this lad from Jamaica. A great great innings by a great great talent. Hats off to GayleStorm !!!!

  • Dummy4 on April 24, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    Actually Gayle is luncky not facing the BK bowling at the start of the innings. That is the case is has scored too much runs. Unluncky BK not taken the wicket from the start. Dilshan has escaps Gayle. Good Strategy!

  • Ali on April 24, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    @ Madhavan.Varun ...

    vs Gayle you need a left arm wrist spinner ...see Dave Mohommed ...

    Dave , makes Gayle look like a school boy batsman in 20/20 cricket ..

    Gayle loathes Dave ...

    Loathes him ....

    It was so bad... in the Sandford 20/20 All star team .. Gayle was Captain and Dave played 3 games with Gayle ,,, and Gayle did not let Dave bowl a ball in any game, and put him to bat at 11 even though Dave is quite a competent batsman ....