Watch: Gayle’s hilarious dive leaves Russell in splits
There is literally no hiding from the fact that West Indies players are sheer entertainers both on and off the cricket field. They bring joy and smile to the faces of fans all over the world and they are really good at that.
West Indies players have been taking part in various T20 leagues globally. They draw all the attention towards themselves for their on-field antics. Be it hitting sixes, cracking jokes, they are on top of the list as always.
Recently, during the game between Kolkata Knight Riders and Punjab Kings, Chris Gayle and Andre Russell grabbed the headlines. The incident happened during KKR’s batting when Rahul Tripathi played against Chris Jordan.
Tripathi hit the ball towards Chris Gayle who was patrolling at the mid-wicket. The ball went so fast that Gayle also had to react to it quickly. As it happened, Gayle hilariously put in a dive to stop the ball.
Meanwhile, Andre Russell who watched the entire incident from the dugout laughed really hard. The video of the incident spread like wildfire on social media portals.
Gayle diving like Jonty Rhodes and see the epic reaction of Russell 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/FjdbzGJ4ts
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Punjab Kings posted 123/9 in 20 overs where Mayank and Jordan scored 31 and 30 respectively. Prasidh Krishna took 3 wickets while Narine and Cummins took 2 apiece. KKR chased the target with the help of Eoin Morgan’s match-winning knock. He hit 47 off 40 balls including 4 fours and 2 sixes.
KKR won the game by 5 wickets and have now gone from the bottom to fifth place. Morgan was named the player of the match. While speaking to the broadcaster at the post-match presentation, Morgan said: “Wins haven’t been easy to come by. Have worked incredibly hard. Today, along with a bit of luck, the performance was very impressive, particularly with the ball up front.
When the wicket’s like that – from the 12th over of our innings, the ball was sliding on. Only his second game this season (Mavi). The match-up against Gayle was favourable. He bowled well in the last game and started well here. For him to make an impact is huge, credit to him. The advantage we have over most spinners is that our spinners are variation bowlers. They don’t rely on drift and turn.
They control their lengths well and rely on a tiny amount of turn and today they were exceptional. A lot of time to go in the tournament. Hopefully, today can kick-start something for us. Certainly think it’s challenging and it does have to be managed for players, coaching staff.
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