Sammy backs Gayle to regain form
DHAKA, BANGLADESH - West Indies skipper Darren Sammy, on Monday backed the explosive Chris Gayle to regain form soon, after he was restricted by Bangladesh bowlers throughout the recent series in the sub-continent.
Managing to score just 166 runs in 10 innings across all the three formats of the game over the last four weeks – with a top score of 35 – the talismanic Jamaican batsman, Chris Gayle, has had a tour to forget.
Admitting that silencing his biggest gun for ten innings in a row was a notable achievement of the Bangladesh bowlers, Sammy hoped for the Jamaican left-hander to come back strongly.
"They managed to keep Gayle quiet throughout the series, something that not many teams have done in his career," Sammy said of Bangladesh at the post-match conference after his side’s 18-run win over the Tigers in the only T20 International on Monday.
"They executed well against him. Every player goes out there to do their best. I know because I try and it doesn't happen all the time."
"It is up to the individual to go back and think about his game. Chris will come back as he is a world-class player," added the St Lucia all-rounder, who succeeded Gayle as the West Indies skipper in October 2010.
However, Bangladesh’s opening batsman Tamim Iqbal reckoned his West Indian counterpart, who was bowled out for just six in Monday’s lone T20, had been broken down by the Tigers.
"What I learnt from watching Gayle in the series was that pressure can make an honest man of anyone," said Iqbal, who scored a quick 88 not out in Bangladesh’s unsuccessful run chase last night.
Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim had also described Gayle’s struggle all through the itinerary as a “big achievement” for the hosts.
Gayle, the hard-hitting top-order batsman, who also bowls a handy left-arm spin, is due to arrive in Sydney later this week to play in the Australia’s premier Twenty20 tournament, the Big Bash League, where he will be playing for the Thunders.
The Jamaican left-hander will join the Thunders ahead of their first home game against the Melbourne Renegades at ANZ Stadium on Friday.