The West Indies white ball captain Kieron Pollard was all praise for the legendary veteran Chris Gayle ahead of the start of the T20 World Cup yesterday. Pollard insisted what Gayle has done for West Indies cricket in the T20 format and not just for West Indies cricket, but all around the world, it’s remarkable.
There has been a little bit of criticism centred around Chris Gayle for his recent form. The left-hander fell out with the former West Indies fast bowler Curtly Ambrose a couple of days back when the latter said that Gayle shouldn’t be an automatic choice in the playing XI of West Indies, given how he has performed of late.
Chris Gayle struggled with his form in the second leg of IPL 2021 as well
Chris Gayle was struggling with his form in the second leg of the recently concluded IPL as well. He was given the opportunity to play a few games for Punjab Kings, but he couldn’t make a significant impact for the team. Gayle later took a break from the tournament to freshen himself up ahead of the World Cup.
“No words to describe what he (Gayle) has done for us in World Cups, in the T20 World Cups, and T20 cricket around the world as an individual,” Pollard said about Gayle while addressing the media ahead of the T20 World Cup.
Pollard has absolutely no doubt in his mind that Gayle, even towards the end of his career, can do a fair bit of damage to the opposition bowling.
The West Indies captain seemed to be totally throwing his weight behind the talismanic batsman who has been a standout performer for the national team in the shortest format of the game. Pollard’s statement might also be a sign that Gayle will be in the playing XI of West Indies, come their first game in the T20 World Cup.
“I think the main goal for us and him (Gayle), is trying to win a World Cup and defend the title. He is looking forward to that. Hopefully, he can come and deliver for us. We back him to do well,” Pollard concluded.