April 27, 2013

How does one bowl to Chris Gayle?

Mission impossible? Not quite
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Following the incredible Chris Gayle spectacle in Bangalore earlier this week, cricketers around the world must be wondering exactly what this man did to produce such a performance - besides having pancakes, an omelette and hot chocolate for breakfast, which will now probably be declared the staple diet for T20 batsmen everywhere.

Gayle made the Pune Warriors bowlers look schoolboyish, and an international stadium like a backyard (though his cause was helped quite a bit by a bit of a pedestrian performance by the opposition).

Gayle's aura is such that most teams now opt for a radically different approach to assess what total would be par for course when playing Royal Challengers Bangalore. The consensus - and not without reason - is that the aim should be to post a total and hope Gayle gets out cheaply, because when he fires, no total is insurmountable, no bowler threatening enough, no ground big enough.

Once set, Gayle hits sixes at will, and does so with percentage cricket shots at that. He isn't one to look for a lap shot or a reverse sweep; he prefers to hit in the V, and so connects more often than not. And his power does the rest, taking the ball over the ropes.

In spite of the heroics he produces regularly, Gayle has his weak spots, like the rest of us. While he possesses an air of invincibility, he is liable to bungling occasionally. Here are some points for teams to consider when putting down plans for Gayle.

Attack first up
As a T20 freelancer, Gayle is acutely aware of the importance of being consistent in this volatile format. He needed to find a template that allowed him to optimise his strengths and also score consistently. So he has looked to resist the temptation to try to exploit the field restrictions at the start, and has looked to give the first few balls or overs to the bowlers instead. By playing a few balls out quietly, he gives himself more chances to succeed.

This offers the opposition a small window to dismiss him in, by bowling attacking lines and lengths, with fielders in catching positions. It makes sense at this point to shelve the typical T20 lines and lengths and adopt a more conventional Test match bowling strategy. If there's some swing on offer and the bowler has the ability to move it away from the left-hander, he must pitch the ball fuller and pitch outside the off stump, inviting him to drive through the off. While Gayle plays most shots in the book, he isn't the best driver of the cricket ball when it is new and moving. Though he doesn't mind leaving a few deliveries alone, there's a chance that he might fall for one that's too tempting to resist.

"To make a batsman play an attacking shot is the biggest challenge a spinner faces"
Stuart MacGill

However, right-arm bowlers angling the ball across him with the swing don't quite do it, for Gayle, like most left-handers, gauges the angle quickly and leaves them alone. If a left-arm quick is capable of taking the ball away at pace, he has a reasonable chance of dislodging Gayle.

Cramp him for room
Chris Morris and Dirk Nannes discovered another way of getting the better of Gayle in Royal Challengers' match against Chennai Super Kings. Instead of bowling length on the fourth-stump line, they bowled quick and into his body. It wasn't a barrage of bouncers but more just cramping him for room, with most balls finishing at thigh height.

Both bowlers peppered him so much with that line that they got Gayle to abandon his template. He played a couple of uncharacteristic shots, trying to put the bowlers off their game, seemingly not realising that they were trying to do the same to him. Eventually Morris succeeded, getting Gayle caught as he attempted a wild heave to a wide delivery - a ball he would have left alone on other occasions.

Morris and Nannes made a concerted and relentless effort to bring Gayle out of his comfort zone and they succeeded. The contest may have lasted only ten balls, but it was worth watching for the drama.

Spin it away
This is a bit of a hit-or-miss strategy to counter Gayle. If it was guaranteed to work, every team would play an offspinner against him. While even part-time offspinners have managed to dismiss him a couple of times, it is the quality ones who have earned respect consistently from the big Jamaican.

R Ashwin got him a couple of times in last year's IPL by inducing a false stroke, and since then, Gayle has changed his approach against offspinners: instead of going after them, he prefers to milk them for singles and attack the bowler at the other end.

"To make a batsman play an attacking shot is the biggest challenge a spinner faces," Stuart MacGill said recently on his show The Cricket Club. While T20 cricket does that bit for a spinner by default, for everyone is trying to hit the spinners out of the ground, it's not a given with Gayle, who is likely to play safe early on. So even if it's worth gambling with a spinner early on, the quality of the bowler makes all the difference - you need one who can make Gayle play an attacking shot and induce a mistake.

It would be worth watching someone get the better of him. The small battles between batsman and bowler are what make the big contest fascinating. While most bowling plans go out of the window once Gayle gets going, it is better to plan and fail than to not plan at all.

Former India opener Aakash Chopra is the author of Out of the Blue, an account of Rajasthan's 2010-11 Ranji Trophy victory. His website is here and his Twitter feed here

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  • pulkit10 on April 27, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    If you really want a template look up last year's second game between the Deccan Chargers and RCB. Steyn pretty much took him apart in that game. A quick bouncer aimed right at his head and that destroyed his balance. A pretty fascinating contest, that was.

    Gayle isn't invincible. He's just a very smart and lively T20 player. He likes what he does and more often than not, succeeds. To get him out, you don't really have to do anything special...just bowl accurately to his weaknesses and hopes he succeeds. Yeah, when he gets going he's particularly dangerous but Gayle still remains a very orthodox player and sticks to the basics. Now, compare that to De Villiers who has the ability to make a shot out of any awkward situation but isn't consistent enough.

    It's really a wonder why RCB doesn't succeed with such a well balanced batting order.

  • on April 27, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    A left arm quick with the ability to swing it both ways could do the trick coz Gayle judges the angle and lines quite well.A couple of deliveries into him cramping him for room and the next delivery pitching on middle stump and moving away should do it.Even an offie bowling from around the wicket in the first six may have a real good chance of gettin him out,coz we have noticed he doesnt go full throttle initially.With a first slip and with the mid off straighter I reckon there is a chance with an offie bowling to him.

  • playitstraight on April 30, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    If you let Gayle last more than 10 overs, it's basically over. Just a piece of advice.

  • on April 30, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    Some time ago in a series against SL, Vass completely bamboozle Chris.He bowled a tight line left arm over the wicket,pitching middle and leg and straightening.It worried the WI and in the end he did not open but batted at no. 4. Never give him room,don't bowl short unless you are express pace.BOWL AT THE STUMPS NO LENGTH BALLS.

  • on April 29, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    Hey Akash, The BD spinner Sohag Gazi got Gayle out 5 times during our series with Windies. So, right arm spin does work against him, guess not many quality right arm offies around. Would have been great if you mentioned this in your analysis

  • on April 29, 2013, 2:42 GMT

    @ David Booer: 'How many batsmen have two triple centuries in test cricket?' You ask. The answer is four; namely: Bradman, 1930 vs Eng (334), 1934 vs Eng (304) Lara, 1994 vs Eng (375), 2004 vs Eng (400) [Yes it can be argued this is not a triple but for the purposes of this it will do because Lara had to go past 300 to get to 400] Sehwag, 2004 vs Pak (309), 2008 vs SAf (319) Gayle, 2005 vs SAf (317), 2010 vs Sri (333). And that, would make a brilliant top 4. (in order: Gayle; Sehwag; Bradman; Lara)

  • on April 29, 2013, 1:15 GMT

    Just to say to everyone who says Chris Gayle can't bat against good bowlers: who was bowling to him when he got 92* at the start of this IPL? And who was that against? Also, how many batsmen have 2 triple centuries in test matches? I think he can play good bowlers.

  • G-Rocker on April 28, 2013, 22:17 GMT

    Mr.Gayle was a supper flop against Bangladesh in last BD Vs Wi series...every one should learn from BD bowlers.

  • on April 28, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    You just need an international quality bowler for Chris Gayle. Players that are brilliant at what they do such as Steyn for pace and Narine for spin are the trick against gayle.

  • 3rd-man on April 28, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    Watching Malinga and Johnson bowling to Gayle was like watching a couple of wolves harrassingand chasing down a bull elk into submission - made my hair stand on end! Now every team in the IPL will try to follow Mumbai's successful formula - but they need fast and bouncy tracks and quality fast bowlers to exploit it.

  • pulkit10 on April 27, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    If you really want a template look up last year's second game between the Deccan Chargers and RCB. Steyn pretty much took him apart in that game. A quick bouncer aimed right at his head and that destroyed his balance. A pretty fascinating contest, that was.

    Gayle isn't invincible. He's just a very smart and lively T20 player. He likes what he does and more often than not, succeeds. To get him out, you don't really have to do anything special...just bowl accurately to his weaknesses and hopes he succeeds. Yeah, when he gets going he's particularly dangerous but Gayle still remains a very orthodox player and sticks to the basics. Now, compare that to De Villiers who has the ability to make a shot out of any awkward situation but isn't consistent enough.

    It's really a wonder why RCB doesn't succeed with such a well balanced batting order.

  • on April 27, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    A left arm quick with the ability to swing it both ways could do the trick coz Gayle judges the angle and lines quite well.A couple of deliveries into him cramping him for room and the next delivery pitching on middle stump and moving away should do it.Even an offie bowling from around the wicket in the first six may have a real good chance of gettin him out,coz we have noticed he doesnt go full throttle initially.With a first slip and with the mid off straighter I reckon there is a chance with an offie bowling to him.

  • playitstraight on April 30, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    If you let Gayle last more than 10 overs, it's basically over. Just a piece of advice.

  • on April 30, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    Some time ago in a series against SL, Vass completely bamboozle Chris.He bowled a tight line left arm over the wicket,pitching middle and leg and straightening.It worried the WI and in the end he did not open but batted at no. 4. Never give him room,don't bowl short unless you are express pace.BOWL AT THE STUMPS NO LENGTH BALLS.

  • on April 29, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    Hey Akash, The BD spinner Sohag Gazi got Gayle out 5 times during our series with Windies. So, right arm spin does work against him, guess not many quality right arm offies around. Would have been great if you mentioned this in your analysis

  • on April 29, 2013, 2:42 GMT

    @ David Booer: 'How many batsmen have two triple centuries in test cricket?' You ask. The answer is four; namely: Bradman, 1930 vs Eng (334), 1934 vs Eng (304) Lara, 1994 vs Eng (375), 2004 vs Eng (400) [Yes it can be argued this is not a triple but for the purposes of this it will do because Lara had to go past 300 to get to 400] Sehwag, 2004 vs Pak (309), 2008 vs SAf (319) Gayle, 2005 vs SAf (317), 2010 vs Sri (333). And that, would make a brilliant top 4. (in order: Gayle; Sehwag; Bradman; Lara)

  • on April 29, 2013, 1:15 GMT

    Just to say to everyone who says Chris Gayle can't bat against good bowlers: who was bowling to him when he got 92* at the start of this IPL? And who was that against? Also, how many batsmen have 2 triple centuries in test matches? I think he can play good bowlers.

  • G-Rocker on April 28, 2013, 22:17 GMT

    Mr.Gayle was a supper flop against Bangladesh in last BD Vs Wi series...every one should learn from BD bowlers.

  • on April 28, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    You just need an international quality bowler for Chris Gayle. Players that are brilliant at what they do such as Steyn for pace and Narine for spin are the trick against gayle.

  • 3rd-man on April 28, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    Watching Malinga and Johnson bowling to Gayle was like watching a couple of wolves harrassingand chasing down a bull elk into submission - made my hair stand on end! Now every team in the IPL will try to follow Mumbai's successful formula - but they need fast and bouncy tracks and quality fast bowlers to exploit it.

  • KashifTasneem on April 28, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    I dont know why everyone is praising Gayle's knock? He scored a superb 175 not out but against whom? Those were not International bowlers, those were local players not having experience and probably lacking talent as well. What did Gayle do against Mumbai Indians? He flopped because there he was facing World Class bowlers like Malinga, Johnson and Harbhajan. Yes, he does hit, he does score runs but we should keep in mind that against whom he scores runs? He is consistent in IPL? Is he the same consistent on International level? No, he isnt. Reason quality of bowling. Always keep in mind these things. Thank you

  • on April 28, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    well with gayle, really you just need a swing and seam bowler as shown by starc. likes of shami ahmed, B Kumar, steyn, irfan pathan, junaid khan (even though he plays for pakistan), Ben Cutting should be able to dismiss him early with new ball. But if he bats with sense (which he does more often in T20) and survive the 6-over period, then he is unstoppable. banglore's attack is not the best so the ideal situation for opposition team is to bat first and post a big total. that will put pressure on gayle forcing him to attack from the start.

  • CricEshwar on April 28, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    Looks like it was taken care of immediately in the next match by Mumbai. Gayle is a hit and miss category who mostly hits like Jayasuria in his hey days.

  • DaisonGarvasis on April 28, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    It was brillaint to see how Mumbai tackled Gayle - They did not bowl full and thus took out his favourite "v" out of his hitting zone. Then they bowled fast and short and kept fielders deep and square of the wicket. If he connected it was going to be six obviously but if he didnt connect the fielder was waiting. That brought him out of his confort zone and when the off spinner came he tried a expensive shot and got out. Even before the off spinner came on to bowl, Gayle was showing signs of nerves as he understood the Mumbai bowlers had the measure of him. Once he was nervous it was matter of time he try to hit his way out of trouble. With Gayle there was a chance of him got away with hitting his way out of trouble but he didnt get away but got out. The margin for error for bowlers was fractional but no bowler erred!!! And then they got him!!!

  • nayonika on April 28, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    Aakash! MI heard you loud and clear, and won handsomely.

  • on April 28, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    The last time WI visited Pakistan Rana Naveed Ul Hasan persisted with in-swing on his pads that strategy was paid because he wasn't able to hold himself for long

  • PadMarley on April 28, 2013, 2:18 GMT

    He is an atomic bomb against medium pacers who cant swing and against average spin bowlers .... you saw very well his weaknesses even last night.. he could score only under 5 runs against Malinga where as decent batsmen score about 5-6 runs against Malinga. Same was against Johnson .... You need some quality fast bowling who can create variations, speed, and bounce or deadly yorkers... or unpredictable spinners like Mendis or Ajmal. Gayle is not rocket science to crack, but always there is a risk. Make sure you counter him in a big enough ground, as even the edges off his bat tend to fly over the rope. if you are a mediocre bowler.. he can be the worse nightmare of the history of the game for you!!!!

  • kristee on April 28, 2013, 2:05 GMT

    He's blasting away all those 'mediocre' bowlers who make some specialists look like novices. After all, 450 @ 90 is quite something. Anyway he has to carry some of this form into international arena, too. He hasn't yet. And that's a worry.

  • Rally_Windies on April 28, 2013, 0:51 GMT

    Left Arm wrist spinner - who bowls flat and fast and skids it on.... not a loopy wrist spinner ...

    For further information refer to Dave Mohammed , who has an awesome records against Gayle ....

    Gayle has been repeatedly bamboozled in domestic competitions by Dave...

    It is not a secrete ....

    but Left Arm Wrist spinners are rare ...

    and good ones are even rarer ---

  • Chris_P on April 28, 2013, 0:38 GMT

    When he plays in this mood, I can only recall what a bowler once said when bowling against Clive Lloyd in full flight and how to bowl at him. The answer, "With a helmet on!"

  • on April 27, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    Akash Chopra do note: "in the December tour of WI vs. Bangladesh, Gayle averaged 14 in 10 innings (2 tests, 5 ODIs, 1 T20). His highest was 24. Out of the 10 innings, Sohag Gazi got him out 6 times and Gayle struggled to play quality spin with the new ball."absolutely.

  • khondokar on April 27, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    without the Bangladeshis no one is talking about how successful Sohag Gazi was with Gayle. even gayle avoided gazi's bowling and went to the non-striking end when gazi came to bowl the first over!!! why dont other countries give proper credit to BD team i dont understand!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rezaul on April 27, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    What Akash Chopra did not mention is that a rokie off spinner, Shohag Gazi who played his first international game for Bangladesh kept Gayle quiet for whole series in Bangladesh. Gayle tried couple of times to hit him out of attack and eventually he got OUT.

  • on April 27, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    Chris Gayle has been playing international cricket now for a number of years and it is surprising that some of these IPL teams don't know how to bowl to him. Granted that Pune bowled terribly at him, it does take some hitting to score 175 and once he got going, it was all but over. As a WI fan, the first point is spot on, the second perhaps lukewarm and the third point I would say 50/50. Basically any quality international bowler has a more than average chance bowling good deliveries(I remember DBollinger dismisisng him regularly 2 Aus tours back in ODI's), but pathetic, bad bowling he will dismiss. The bangladesh bowlers had his measure on the last bangladesh tour and in the 5 ODI's against Aus I don't think 50 runs in total were scored. The big bash wasn't that successful for him either. He has to translate those runs to WI cricket more consistently because although he can make IPL bowling look "schoolboyish", international bowlers can hold their own against him.

  • mprabakar on April 27, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    For the pace bowler 1. The best bet is to follow the mid point of both the gloves and bowl at his glove as the target with decent pace. In the bowler's mind he should bowl at various points of the glove treating that as the middle stump. 2. Perfect yorker targeting his toe of the back foot. Most part the batsman plays by instinct, so it is important to keep bowling quality spin in the other-end - since spin is not his strength. This strategy may work with Gayle.

  • on April 27, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    In the December tour of WI vs. Bangladesh, Gayle averaged 14 in 10 innings (2 tests, 5 ODIs, 1 T20). His highest was 24. Out of the 10 innings, Sohag Gazi got him out 6 times and Gayle struggled to play quality spin with the new ball.

  • Cricket_Fan_And_Analyst on April 27, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    Well Aakaash is spot on here. What he has suggested was exactly what Mumbai Indians did and they got better of Gayle. The mumbai wicket was also of help to Mumbai Indians. Some IPL franchise should look to hire Aakaash as an Analyst and talent finder in domestic circuit. He will certainly deliver results for them.

  • CricketAkshay on April 27, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Hello, everyone remember one thing. Gayle does not use his footwork. Therefore, as Akash said, try to cramp him for room. Bowl widesh outside off-stump and have a fielder at deep-point or deep extra-cover. He will definitely not clear that man. Am I right?

  • on April 27, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    Haha.. Wanna stop Gayle? get Shohag Gazi! :p

  • PrinceofPOS on April 27, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    @thebigboodha... That's not even true at all. Those performances were down to poor form and NOTHING else.. Have you forgotten the previous Big Bash and the absolute carnage he caused there as well? Don't be economical with the facts.. When he's on song NO bowler is safe.. simple as that.. The aussies were treated to similar beatings.. There is youtube if you desire proof

  • Migara on April 27, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    Aakash doesn't remember one name. That is "Vaas". Ask him, he'll tell how to dismiss Gayle with his eyes closed.

  • Chris_Howard on April 27, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    @Marc Beckers "He is 33. The best way of dealing with him is just play your game and wait until he retires."

    ROFLMAO! Quote of the year.

  • rEd-EyE on April 27, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    X-Factor: Shohag Gazi of Bangladesh. Gazi got Gayle out several times in recent WI tour of Bangladesh. Gayle was uncharacteristically silent against Gazi.

  • on April 27, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Whatever the bowling tactics, Gayle may get out and may not. The match agaist Rajastan showed that he can also play out a game in a calm and composed manner with ones and twos off balls that were trying to cramp him. He is 33. The best way of dealing with him is just play your game and wait until he retires.

  • kristee on April 27, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Actually he had hit Steyn for 6 in the super over. It was rather a case of V Kumar being a wrong choice.

  • on April 27, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    Everyone had forgotton one thing. During last year's IPL, Dale Styn bowled his heart out and was unplayable. He never allowed Chris Gayle to score during the crunch match at Hyderabad. A bowler like Dale Styn would do wonders against Chris Gayle

  • MianMoosa on April 27, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    its such a pity that when GAYLE play for windies,,, he rarely produce such performances at big level,,,,, against average domestics bowlers he will play like this again & again,,,,, but bring quality bowler like steyn, ajmal, etc or a left armer with good inswing,,,,, that gayle will fail.....

  • TheBigBoodha on April 27, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    It can be done? Wow, who would have guessed watching him get rolled innings after innings in the ODI series vs AUS and the Big Bash!? He barely scored a run in either comp/series. How do you bowl to CG? Just get decent bowlers and/or a track with even the slightest bit of life in it. Problem solved.

  • kristee on April 27, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    Malinga and Steyn are lucky in that they'd have to bowl in only 2 matches to him. He'd expose every bowler at SC pitches, make no mistake.

  • on April 27, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    Imagine Gayle reading this...

  • on April 27, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    Somebody please bring this article to the notice of Mumbai Indians. I desperately want them to win. Johnson and Malinga, with a little help from Ojha, have to try and restrict and take Gayle out before he gets going. I think MI should cahse, as Batting is RCB's Strength. Best of Luck Mumbai Indians.

  • ansram on April 27, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    Planning to get Gayle in T20s is like planning to get Sachin in test matches at his peak. You can't make any plans because the batsman arrives at the crease with his own plans of dominating you. Gayle will succeed more often than not whatever you plan.

  • on April 27, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    It we be interesting to see what plans malinga and mitch have for Gayle. Mitch shld go round the wicket with midle stump line short of length and try to move away. Whereas malinga shld aim for his toes over 140. He won't last more than two overs.

  • on April 27, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    Its a simple fact that as an attack no IPL has the quality to consistently challenge the might of Gayle.What I would suggest against RCB is to play three international attacking quality bowlers and if one of them is an allrounder like a Azhar Mahmood(who is not making many runs these days) or Kallis thumbs up. Play fire with fire...get the top 4 of RCB out within 8-10 overs and the game is there for the taking.Be aggressive in all forms of the game.

  • on April 27, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    mediocre indian bowlers have made a hit or miss type of player a LEGEND..gayle is total failure against number 1 t20 bowler ever(umar gul) and magician saeed ajmal..even hafeez makes gayle rubbish..

  • asaduzzaman-khan on April 27, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Send Gayle to Bangladesh to face Sohag Gazi--- the original nightmare of Gayle

  • on April 27, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    i Dont think MUMBAI Indians can win over RCB ...there is no team who can go head to head agnst RCB they are the CHAMP .......

  • Mahesh4811 on April 27, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Looking at these comments, it appears Gayle can get out in billion easy ways :P :D

  • on April 27, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    When Gayle is on top form, I dont think any bowler can do wel. he is such an type of batsmen like Youvraj and Dhoni where no one can stop when they are on full top form..

  • on April 27, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    A ball coming into the body of a batsman is extremely difficult for any batsman to score off and Gayle is no exception . The best way for a spinner to trouble Gayle is to cramp him for room by bowling just short of a length and turning the ball away from him . But for the above to happen , the ball has to bounce more than the normal . If you bowl length balls in the hitting zone of Gayle or to float a delivery , the bowlers will be only asking for trouble . Gayle has no foot work but he packs enough power to the shots that even mishits will carry for a six .

  • Ahgg on April 27, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    Best way to get Gayle out early is for a left arm fast bowler who could swing. He doesn't even has to be fast. Example of this is former Sri Lankan left armer Chaminda vaas who picked up Gayle almost every time early on in his innings. Hence Gayle not having a good record against sl. He will struggle with a left armer who is accurate and swings.

  • on April 27, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    when he is on fire those ideas are useless unless he do through it away with out that you can plan for him. When ever any one is thanking about something that will not effect his approach. Just pray it's not his day

  • on April 27, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    You guys are so full of yourselves.

    Bangladesh's Shohag Gazi was the first bowler to break Gayles supposedly superhuman batting performance during the West Indies Tour to Bangladesh Dec, 2012.

  • kristee on April 27, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    Gayle too may fail now and then. But in T20, esp on SC pitches, he's the very best. Steyn, Malinga or whoever will look hopeless more often than not. That said, cricket is more about players like KP, AB or du Plessis who can adapt for any format, anywhere.

  • ladycricfan on April 27, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    Do your basics. Pray...............

  • Captainman on April 27, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    The answer is easy! aim for the stumps. Gayle has not footwork and a person that can bowl over 140kph 90mph at the stumps towards him has a higher chance.

  • on April 27, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal is the best option to get Chris Gayle easily in T20 format. Pakistani bowlers are always consistent and they never give chances to batsman to hold such impossible record. Love to watch how Chis Gayle will play against Wasim, Waqar & Shoaib Akhtar.... Nevertheless, Chris Gayle is a clean good hitter.

  • on April 27, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    Let us face it. The truth is there are no good swing bowlers of quality of Wasim and Waqar. I think if Gayle would have faced them in tandem he would have even scored 10 runs on the same day on the same pitch. The swing we talk about is few inches. There are no bowlers who can do banana swing. Wasim could have bowled full tosses to Gayle and Waqar could have got him with swinging yorker. Either way he could not have defended stumps.

    Let us talk of spinner. Someone like Warne or Murlidharan could have him cheaply. Gayle can hit only useless bowlers. There is hardly any quality bowler in IPL bar Steyn. We all know what happened with sunrisers super over.

  • on April 27, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    Pak bowlers can stare Gayle in da eyes...im not downplayin here and i luv Gayle's Batting but he succumbs to bowling like pak.....ive not mentiones england,aus or rsa just cuz they have seamers and gayle cant be contained by seamers...get Ajmal or M.IRFAN 7 1' will get him out the moment he enters the ground...even Aswin or Narine or Swann can do it...its just that the bowler needs to be top notch..... Get Steyn adn he'll do noffin...Get Morne Morkel and he'll do noffin.....the secret behind his success is that he attacks medium seamers lyk dinda ,kumar etc...go adn bring 145 bowler and see it for yerself.....no dont mention brett lee in 2009 t20 wc...he was over 32 at that time....even shoaib akhtar cant do it now even if he bowls at 90....thats just with age...it not abt hitting 90 but abt being aggressive and to take Gayle to the other side of his mindset thats being losing his coolness..

  • johnathonjosephs on April 27, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    Its easy. Just bowl good deliveries. Apart from Bhuvnesh and Luke Wright (only 2 players with an economy of under 7), all the other bowlers were either uncapped or played less than 10 international matches. Aaron Finch, Ali Murtaza, and Mitchell Marsh were taken for almost 80+ runs in 3 overs and are nowhere near quality bowlers (Finch and Marsh are both primarily batsman anyways). Gayle won't be anywhere near aggressive against Mumbai and I feel that either Malinga or Johnson will claim Gayle's wicket and Dilshan and AB will carry RCB to a win

  • LoftierMuffin on April 27, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    Pakistani Bowlers is the answer :)

  • YesGuru on April 27, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    As usual a beautiful analysis. The other aspect which Gayle himself has talked about - keeping the mind calm amidst the excitement. I would love seeing him chase one of those big totals and see how fares.

  • on April 27, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    One thing i do believe is that we ought to give respect to whom respect is due. Chris Gayle is an excellent cricketer. We live in a time where the shorter version of the game is like a magnet which pulls fans from all over and arouses their excitemets for the sports. In this version of the game as it was once said, "its a specialist game". To play in this version one needs such ability to fit in. Many greats have tried but sadly failed. Chris once said he loves that version of the game. Not only he loves it but he plays it with the ability which he has and has made himself to the top. He never cheated his way nor did anything else but used his unique powerful Jamaican caribbean dumplin approach to to make it there. Again, give respect to whom respect is due.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on April 27, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    gayle is more than bradman in t20. We expecting more consistency from him in international matches (especially in ODI). He is no way near to great in ODI.

  • on April 27, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    Good to see that both the options given were the ones employed and employed successfully by CSK against him!!!

  • Nmiduna on April 27, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    Aakash you have missed the fact that Gayle never quite hit it out against Sri Lanka as in IPL or other match for that matter. for some reason, Sri lankans almost always get the better of him. being a Sri lankan, i still am confident that we can get Gayle early..in the final he struggled against mendis, and still i don't see him as a big threat when we are playing WI. but we are sort of used to that, most of the times(apart from india who we play on a more-than-regular basis) it is someone unexpected that takes the attack to Sri Lankans..

  • dhanusha_so on April 27, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    i think Sanath Jayasuriya was more dangerous than gayle at his days... and he was more consistent and played against best bowling attacks.. not at league levels but at international levels.. if he had played at league levels like this during tht time.. he will end up playing 200 runs in 40 balls... he will always be the Master Blaster in ODI Cricket..

  • drinks.break on April 27, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    My immediate thought on reading the headline was, "cramp him for room". There are two aspects to Gayle's play that make it difficult for him to score freely when it's bowled fast at his body:

    1. He isn't a great player of the pull shot. As Aakash said, he tends to play in the V, and even when he puts it over midwicket, it's usually more with a straight bat than a horizontal one.

    2. He doesn't tend to step outside leg stump to give himself room. Again, this is because that would force him away from playing with a straight bat. He clears his front leg, but not his back leg, and that makes it much more difficult for him to get balls at his body away.

    In his day, I would rate Gilchrist as the more dangerous, because he had a more complete array of shots. He could just as easily drive you over long on as pull you over backward square as thread the needle through the covers or slash it behind point. I'd love to know how Aakash would have advised bowling against Gilly in his prime!

  • on April 27, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    What about Ashwin Vs Gayle. Gayle almost flopped against CSK except a league match in 2012.

  • on April 27, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    @Sulaimaan91 to say that gayle struggles in international cricket is a bit silly. He averages over 40 as an opener in tests, averages a more than decent 38 in ODIs and is head and shoulders above anyone else in T20. His dominance in T20 happens because he was able to dedicate time to figure out how the format works in his year of exodus from the Windies team. By banning for that whole year chris gayle was not able to play international cricket when he was at the peak of his form. He may become an even better test player if he concentrates and formulates a way to succeed there. Unfortunately I don't think he cares about test cricket enough to do that. Still one of the smartest players who has figured out how to turn all his talent and potential to consistent performance in the t20 arena which no one else has done. Hats of to a great entertainer.

  • on April 27, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    gayle is great ,but let be frank enough,pune's bowlers were utterly pathetic and their plans were a mess.

  • Mushtanda on April 27, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    Gayle plays a high percentage of dot balls even when he is scoring big-- tells you he only scores on loose balls. The fact that his Test and ODI records are nothing to write home about, tells you he is all muscle power and nothing more.

  • on April 27, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    Chris Gayle's plan against a bowler takes over the plan that a bowler makes against him.Sometimes he gives respect to great bowlers but not always.Power surpasses plan.

  • on April 27, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    I'm waiting to see how Malinga bowls to him today!

  • Sulaimaan91 on April 27, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    Yes, it was a great innings but one has to agree that the bowlers and captain of Pune were a really pathetic bunch.What was Finch thinking bringing himself on?? All you need against Gayle is a set of quality bowlers which is why he struggles at the international level.Bowlers want to learn something??watch Malinga,Kulasekara and Mendis bowling to Gayle at the recent T20 WC final, Gayle was clueless in attack and defence. Applaud a fine knock but dont exaggerate and make it look something it isnt, there have been far greater performances in T20s than this.

  • AshD on April 27, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    Anyone remember Nathan Bracken getting the better of Gayle those days.... Left arm fast is the way to do it with a bit of swing..... Bracken was a master of this.....

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 27, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    Bowling a good Yorker is the best strategy for Gayle. He struggles mostly against Malinga.For a short man like Kohli its easier to neutralize malinga's yorkers but long men like Gayle, Pieterson, Hussey have poor records against the slinger.

  • venkatesh018 on April 27, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    Akash is spot on with the left arm quicks swinging away. A fit Zaheer Khan would be ideal. Unfortunately he is a team mate of Gayle. Although he is a bit erratic at times, I am looking forward to Mitchell Johnson bowling to Gayle today.

  • on April 27, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    gayle is a boss and bowler can plan how much them want he will destroy them

  • on April 27, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    gayle is a boss and bowler can plan how much them want he will destroy them

  • venkatesh018 on April 27, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    Akash is spot on with the left arm quicks swinging away. A fit Zaheer Khan would be ideal. Unfortunately he is a team mate of Gayle. Although he is a bit erratic at times, I am looking forward to Mitchell Johnson bowling to Gayle today.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 27, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    Bowling a good Yorker is the best strategy for Gayle. He struggles mostly against Malinga.For a short man like Kohli its easier to neutralize malinga's yorkers but long men like Gayle, Pieterson, Hussey have poor records against the slinger.

  • AshD on April 27, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    Anyone remember Nathan Bracken getting the better of Gayle those days.... Left arm fast is the way to do it with a bit of swing..... Bracken was a master of this.....

  • Sulaimaan91 on April 27, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    Yes, it was a great innings but one has to agree that the bowlers and captain of Pune were a really pathetic bunch.What was Finch thinking bringing himself on?? All you need against Gayle is a set of quality bowlers which is why he struggles at the international level.Bowlers want to learn something??watch Malinga,Kulasekara and Mendis bowling to Gayle at the recent T20 WC final, Gayle was clueless in attack and defence. Applaud a fine knock but dont exaggerate and make it look something it isnt, there have been far greater performances in T20s than this.

  • on April 27, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    I'm waiting to see how Malinga bowls to him today!

  • on April 27, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    Chris Gayle's plan against a bowler takes over the plan that a bowler makes against him.Sometimes he gives respect to great bowlers but not always.Power surpasses plan.

  • Mushtanda on April 27, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    Gayle plays a high percentage of dot balls even when he is scoring big-- tells you he only scores on loose balls. The fact that his Test and ODI records are nothing to write home about, tells you he is all muscle power and nothing more.

  • on April 27, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    gayle is great ,but let be frank enough,pune's bowlers were utterly pathetic and their plans were a mess.

  • on April 27, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    @Sulaimaan91 to say that gayle struggles in international cricket is a bit silly. He averages over 40 as an opener in tests, averages a more than decent 38 in ODIs and is head and shoulders above anyone else in T20. His dominance in T20 happens because he was able to dedicate time to figure out how the format works in his year of exodus from the Windies team. By banning for that whole year chris gayle was not able to play international cricket when he was at the peak of his form. He may become an even better test player if he concentrates and formulates a way to succeed there. Unfortunately I don't think he cares about test cricket enough to do that. Still one of the smartest players who has figured out how to turn all his talent and potential to consistent performance in the t20 arena which no one else has done. Hats of to a great entertainer.