Bangalore v Pune, IPL 2013, Bangalore

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

ESPNcricinfo staff

April 24, 2013

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Chris Gayle gets the horse dance going after picking up a wicket, Royal Challengers Bangalore v Pune Warriors, IPL, Bangalore, April 23, 2013
Bhuvneshwar Kumar: "It is very difficult [to recover from an assault like this], especially for us as we are going through a tough time" © BCCI

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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Posted by nuwankuma on (April 27, 2013, 4:32 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

Posted by Anubhav-the-Experience on (April 25, 2013, 21:13 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.

Posted by   on (April 24, 2013, 23:03 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (April 24, 2013, 18:07 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (April 24, 2013, 16:10 GMT)

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

Posted by cosmos_kapil on (April 24, 2013, 16:00 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.

Posted by Kashi0127 on (April 24, 2013, 15:39 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!

Posted by mohnish0102 on (April 24, 2013, 15:14 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 !!!!

Posted by   on (April 24, 2013, 15:07 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!

Posted by Rally_Windies on (April 24, 2013, 14:56 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 ....

Posted by wayde_316 on (April 24, 2013, 14:27 GMT)

For all those saying Gayle can't do this on the international T20 arena......Please go back and look at the semifinals of the last ICC World T20 against Australia and also he DID score the very first T20 century where he battered South Africa during the World Cup only for the Windies to bowl poorly and loose. There are countless other times......Just stop with your nonsense. If what he was so easy, how comes nobody else has done it against the Warriors and how comes everyone else except AB de Villiers was having a hard time while batting?

Posted by crindex on (April 24, 2013, 14:10 GMT)

This is too good to be true. But read this guys:

Posted by khurana-xi on (April 24, 2013, 13:56 GMT)

After winning toss P W given bat to RCB. Why ?. They have player like Samules who can bowl and bat but not given chance again. Why ? . Tayler is best captain for N L and doing best against CSK and Not in the playing XI again. Why ? . Every bowlcan't face the Gayle so why not given yuvi to over to when he is the match winner bowler for india regularly. P W not good combination in each player and they wasted franchise's money. So many good player they have but right combination have to play with Right Captain. So change the captain and give chance to Tayler.

Posted by delboy on (April 24, 2013, 13:56 GMT)

To those who wish to revel in the thought that it was only a domestic team, weak bowling etc...Each team is allowed to field up to 4 INTERNATIONALS.. It only take one delivery to get a batsman out. If you want to see the real Gayle get your tickets for the champions trophy due to begin 6-6-2013. I have tickets to 3 games including the SA vs WI on 6-14-2013.

Posted by BHAGWAN-XI on (April 24, 2013, 12:57 GMT)

I can't understand when Rose tayler do his best against CSK not with bat but his captaincy skills and he can do better. And when P W decided to not playing with A Mathew, So why they can't Tayler be the best. Now Finch a good opener but he can't given bowling to Yuvraj this match and last match when yuvi given a wicket in his 1st over he remove him and not given full 4 over, when miller and mandip playing very easily. So that the captain shud know to use the bowler. Tayler win the match against CSK without yuvi and Mathews in the team that time. So pls do some thing good and given chance to Tayler when he will available.

Posted by sichu_emerald on (April 24, 2013, 12:43 GMT)

@all BK bashers...its not his fault either as he has ensured Gayle is not facing him by making Dilli to play dot balls. I would still say BK is way better and smarter bowler in the lot than others...Appreciate him give credit where it is due mates...

Posted by AnoopKerala on (April 24, 2013, 12:40 GMT)

An Off spinner like Ashwin/ Harhajan can possibly stop Gayle hitting.Otherwise a good tricky bowler like Vinay Kumar/ Praveen can check the flow of runs. But what Finch does is bowling left arm Spin to Gayle and he created trouble by making Gayle into a free flow attacking mood. Worst Captaincy ever in IPL by Finch.

Posted by   on (April 24, 2013, 12:18 GMT)

Gayle played well and he was also helped by some poor decisions by Pune's captain like bowling left arm spinners(Ali Murtuza, Aaron Finch) when Gayle was playing. Gayle is a big match winner and every team needs to plan something for him, there are 2 ways to go - good offspinner or pace bowler with bounce..each team should plan for these option when playing against Gayle

Posted by dineshsoni1999 on (April 24, 2013, 12:15 GMT)

It is some thing wrong in P W team. when every bowler not going right why captain not given a single over to yuvi. How can a captain do that when you have a player like yuvi. There is some thing going wrong when last match yuvi get break against punjab match. And when he was out there he shown that he can't want to bat. So please change the captain again. Tayler or Yuvi will be best.

Posted by CrICkeeet on (April 24, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

KUMAR is jst LUCKY! In his 1st 3 OVERS He bowled ONLY 3 BALLS to GAYLE!!! The rest of 15 balls to DILSHAN.. In the last over GAYLE got d CHANCE & SMASHED 10 runs off 4 BALLS!

Posted by TSJ07 on (April 24, 2013, 12:01 GMT)

This year's IPL has taught a lesson to everyone (if someone wants to learn it) is that you just can not make every Tom,Dick or Harry a captain and expect him to win even if he gets more than decent bunch of players. Not only it involves some decision during the game but also selecting the right team/combination of players depending upon rival team,pitch condition,weather condition etc. this is where PWI has failed so miserably. !st Angelo was made captain and Smith not played in 1st eleven. Then Finch was made captain and he showed the lack of it during last two matches. Cant PWI see that Smith did captain one of Aussie local team and so he has some experience.Even though Finch is very good opener for T-20 but he is not captaincy material.

Posted by soumyas on (April 24, 2013, 11:30 GMT)

@Pavan_15, If u have watched IPL correctly, u wudn't forget Gayle has hit 5 sixes scoring 31 of rahul sharma's single over in previous seasons. Keeping in mind Rahul sharma might have kept himself out of the this match... Saved his head.

Posted by Lakpj on (April 24, 2013, 11:07 GMT)

@ Baseball-Sucks Agree with you. This is a domestic T20 game and in addition to that it was against one of the weakest bowling sides in this year's IPL. Gayle is a powerful hitter and he had played some really good T20 knocks in international games but I doubt whether he can produce this kind of innings in an international game against an international attack. Even against Bangladesh or Zim. There is nothing to loose and you play for fun when playing in tournaments like IPL but there is big pressure and pride when playing in international games.

Posted by   on (April 24, 2013, 11:03 GMT)

Besides regular 11, teams should be allowed to play 2 extra bowlers, when they are playing against RCB with Gayle in the team!!!!!

Posted by soumyas on (April 24, 2013, 11:03 GMT)

Yupe, Gayle batted in awesome manner, Bhuvi bowled well too. Gayle played Bhuvi carefully and took singles, Gayle never tries to hit every ball out of park, he is a smart batsman and respects some good bowling too. As some commentators were saying it on ITV4, Bhuvi's 1st over was an example for others on how to bowl at GAYLE... Keep the Line of ball on his legstumps and swing it away on right stumps of Gayle, pitch it on good length too. It is easier said than done....But yes, Gayle has ability to hit any bowler out of park, but he didn't hit Bhuvi, So well done for Bhuvi too. otherwise RCB wud have crossed 300..

Posted by Pavan_15 on (April 24, 2013, 10:59 GMT)

It is true that when Gayle is in such a mood no one would like to bowl to him. But there were few things in Pune's control which if they had executed correctly, they wouldn't have got such a big beating from Gayle. First of all poor selection keeping the RCB's batting strength in mind. How can they leave out Rahul Sharma ? And out of the available bowling resources, they gave away way too many loose balls which added to the Gayle's blast. Wide of off stump and half trackers and Full tosses to a batsman like Gayle???

Posted by true_point on (April 24, 2013, 10:33 GMT)

Their team selection for this match left a lot to be desired. IMO they should have had Ajantha Mendis and Marlyn Samuels along with Finch or Smith and Luke Wright. Spinners have been successful in the first few overs of Gayle's innings. Apart from CSK, SRH also have proved it.

Posted by justaCRICFAN on (April 24, 2013, 10:27 GMT)

Other batsmen have now an impossible benchmark to achieve. My god!! whattan innings...

Posted by mohan24111973 on (April 24, 2013, 10:02 GMT)

@BDforever Bhuvi bowled whole quota of 4 overs and gave only 23 runs

Posted by Dr.Lakson on (April 24, 2013, 9:51 GMT)

Gale is lucky to have had a captain with very little experience to feed him to his strengths...... Pune should remove Finch as the Captain.

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (April 24, 2013, 9:50 GMT)

When RCB play away matches prepare dust bowls.

Posted by   on (April 24, 2013, 9:44 GMT)

Some people say "Bhuvaneshwar was lucky" that he did not bowl to Gayles... I would say the opposite. Fact, Gayle can't play good swing bowling and PW need some plp who have good brains in this team... this doesn't look like a good unit. DD, PW have this issue.

Posted by Rajeshj on (April 24, 2013, 9:27 GMT)

Gayle's performance was incredible, no matter how substandard the bowling was.. but overall it was not a great game of cricket.. Even in the World Cup, the Bangalore matches went for 300+ scores all the time and even Irish were able to hunt down a 300+ score.. One can't help but think that the Bangalore wicket is exclusively moulded for Gayle's hitting.. hope the IPL governing council does something to eliminate such flat roads for IPL matches.. Also, Pune were a lot better team with Ross Taylor at the helm in Chennai.. First it was a stupid decision to appoint a relatively new Angelo Mathews as captain and now the even more stupid decision to appoint Finch as captain.. bring back Rossy, would you?? .. the team would at least put together decent performances...

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (April 24, 2013, 9:06 GMT)

Yeah, It was fun to watch. But why are ppl making a big deal outta it. C'mon.. Its Twenty20 not International T20. Do it in International arena. I highly doubt if he can do something like that against an International squad. In fact , He has got only 1 T20 ton under his belt ( McCullum 2 , Mahela 1, Dilshan 1, Guptil 1, Raina 1). So He hasn't done anything special in International T20 arena so far.

Brendon Taylor scored 2 test centuries in 2 consecutive innings last week n there was a brief article about it. Now, there are already over 10 articles about this domestic innings. Seriously ???

I'm no hater but this "overboard" hype is annoying.

Posted by ramli on (April 24, 2013, 8:51 GMT)

CG capitalized on some really poor bowling ... of course more than anybody else so far in T20 ... going on and on is CG's strength ... I wonder which is the next to bear the brunt of his assault??

Posted by trevorleesafro on (April 24, 2013, 8:50 GMT)

"Nobody wants to bowl" That's very professional isn't it? Bowlers should see it as a challenge, to get their team out of a sticky situation or help their team-mates.

The innings was worthy of club cricket,those saying it was great need to re-evaluate. If Gayle had scored that against Zimbabwe people would be saying how it cheapens the game and that Zim shouldn't be allowed to play! Pune were rubbish!

2 hours of entertainment, perhaps. But a great game of cricket- never!

Posted by sharad.srivastava on (April 24, 2013, 8:38 GMT)

Among such a run riot, Bhuvi managed to control the runs up to some extent.That,s incredible.Bravo

Posted by KK47 on (April 24, 2013, 8:30 GMT)

I don't think even Bradman would have dreamed of playing an innings like Gayle's. Pure uninhibited strokeplay, a treat to watch. This is what T20's can dish out. I am sure there would be many new fans to Gayle and importantly to cricket after that assault.

Posted by BDforever on (April 24, 2013, 8:28 GMT)

Funny guy...."We gave away 265 runs out of which I gave only 23 runs." How many balls did you bowl to him? If you bowl all 4 overs to him he could have got his double ton for sure

Posted by sichu_emerald on (April 24, 2013, 8:23 GMT)

BK..I really feel sorry for your team. The whole drama happening now is that your "Captain(s)" himself(themselves) is(are) not sure of his(their) future and being rotated all the time. Let Angie be the captain in all games except in chennai where you can have Rossie and they fit the bill clean enough to handle the pressure as both are smart captains in the given lot. Steve to some extent, but I don't prefer him as the other two are far and by large better than him.

Say hello to "Sir" DONALD and how does he feel after this "big bang"!!!

Posted by   on (April 24, 2013, 8:19 GMT)

From this one has to say Bhuvi has tremendous temperament and big heart to bowl @ tough situations! Surely, he will be the answer to all the bowling woes of Indian Cricket team

Posted by   on (April 24, 2013, 8:01 GMT)

Chris Gayle's performance is the best all time knock as far as T 20 cricket is concerned. He really delighted cricket fans all over with his dazzling play that none can excel .It will an innings for all time .

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