Press Esc to close
Sunday 04 December 2016
News updated at 9:41 PM IST
Weather
Max: 26.9°C
Min : 18°C
In Bengaluru
Rain lightly

'Staying in focus at the start was the key'

Colombo, Oct 5, 2012, DHNS:

After batting the West Indies into their maiden World T20 final here on Friday night, Chris Gayle said maintaining focus during the initial phase was the key to his innings.

The southpaw hammered an unbeaten 75 (41b, 5x4, 6x6) as the Windies stacked up a monumental 205/4 after batting first on a pitch that Gayle termed as slow. “To be honest with you it was actually a slow track,” he pointed out when asked about his approach to the innings.

“I didn’t get much strike in the first six overs. What was important for me was that I didn’t panic and didn’t lose focus in that particular period. We stuck to the task. Eventually the guys played around... Marlon Samuels came in and hit a few boundaries and that kind of took pressure off me. And then that partnership with (Dwayne) Bravo really helped a lot and then (Kieron) Pollard really gave us that 200 total. The key was actually to be there till the end. It was really good batting display in that wicket,” he explained after picking up the man of the match award.

Gayle was also asked about his new-found craze for Gangnam Style song. “I saw the video a couple of months ago,” he noted. “Ever since it came out, there was a big talk about it when I was back home. I saw it in a lot of programmes, that’s how I got into it. To be honest with you, it just happens, it’s not really planned. That’s me and it depends upon what kind of mood I am in. I like to do something crazy. It’s a good dance, I enjoy it and everyone enjoys,” he remarked.

Australian skipper George Bailey said you can’t do much when someone plays like the way Gayle did. “That’s what Gayle can do to you. It was disappointing performance. I persisted with my main bowlers because it’s important to take the wicket of Gayle. The way Samuels and Bravo played it took the pressure off him,” he rued.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
South Indian actress Priyamani poses infront of a replica of Rome's Trevi Fountain...

South Indian actress Priyamani poses infront of a replica of Rome's Trevi Fountain...

People take part in boat rally in Yamuna river to spread awareness about 'Namami Gange Project...

People take part in boat rally in Yamuna river to spread awareness about 'Namami Gange Project...

Delegates of the 6th Ministerial Conference of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process...

Delegates of the 6th Ministerial Conference of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process...

Dog lovers participated at the 38th & 39th All Breed Championship Dog Shows, organized by...

Dog lovers participated at the 38th & 39th All Breed Championship Dog Shows, organized by...

People take out a rally to protest against Union Carbide and Dow Chemicals on the 32nd anniversary..

People take out a rally to protest against Union Carbide and Dow Chemicals on the 32nd anniversary..

Sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar performs during a concert in Chennai...

Sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar performs during a concert in Chennai...

Bollywood actor John Abraham during the launch of Nissan GT-R, in Mumbai...

Bollywood actor John Abraham during the launch of Nissan GT-R, in Mumbai...

The sunset in Kalaburgi on Friday...

The sunset in Kalaburgi on Friday...

Cricketer Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech during their marriage with Hindu rituals in Goa...

Cricketer Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech during their marriage with Hindu rituals in Goa...

Protesters throwing stones on police and CRPF amid tear smoke during a clash after Friday...

Protesters throwing stones on police and CRPF amid tear smoke during a clash after Friday...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523