‘Bowlers are afraid of me, just not admitting in front of camera’ – Chris Gayle
Boldly heading towards his Penta World Cup appearance, the self-proclaimed ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle pronounced the bowlers are well aware of his capabilities and are scared also though they are not admitting the fact.
The 39-year old Caribbean giant was in supreme touch in the Indian Premier League and is all set to rock the mega show which could be his last appearance in the World Cup.
“They’ll be wary. They know what the Universe Boss is capable of. I’m sure they will have it in the back of their mind, ‘Hey, this is the most dangerous batsman they’ve ever seen in cricket,” Gayle said.
“Go ask them on camera. They’re going to say, no, they’re not scared. But you ask them of the camera, they going to say, ‘Yeah, he’s the man. He’s the man.’ They’re going to say, ‘he’s the man.’
But they won’t say it (on camera), they won’t be frank and upfront and say, ‘Listen to me straight up, Chris Gayle is the man.’,” Gayle was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
The living legend will step into his 40th birthday in coming September but he is in better shape than more of youngsters in the arena both in physique and form.
Amassing 490 runs in 13 innings for Kings XI Punjab in the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League, the master hitter is confident of matching the best in business during the showpiece event starting from 30th of May in England and Wales.
“I am still in good nick. I had a not-so-bad IPL, coming after the home series against England,” he said.
“The good thing about it is I’ve been playing cricket. It’s important for me to keep playing and get some games under my belt and come here to the UK and start with a few warm-up games as well to see where you’re at.
“It’s a long tournament. For me personally I just have to monitor it as much as possible and just get the mindset right,” Chris Gayle said.
West Indies will open their campaign against Pakistan on May 31 at Trent Bridge.