If you ask me ‘what’s best about IPL’, it is not just the spicy mix of entertainment and sports, but also the fact that it has got a whole lot of international cricketers to play for India and on Indian soil. Irrespective of nationality, IPL audiences have roared with equal zeal every time a cricketer hurled sixes or took wickets. After all, its IPL boss and unlimited fun is guaranteed!
In between all this hoopla, there’s this one cricketer who’s slowly winning hearts and emerging as a phenomenon for the Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL cricket team. Yes, you guessed it right, it’s the flamboyant opener Christopher Gayle (Chris Gayle).
Let’s accept it, RCB’s performance wouldn’t be the same without the imperative presence of Gayle’s swirling bat!
Chris Gayle in IPL 5 has amassed 250 runs in seven matches with an average of 41.66 runs and an amazing strike rate of 152.43 runs this season. If you didn’t know, he also won the orange cap in the last IPL season.
In IPL 5, Gayle’s five, successive, electrifying sixes against Pune Warriors India remains unforgettable! If you haven’t seen it yet, here is the link to the Youtube video:
These sixes were not just great cricketing shots, but one of them unfortunately landed on an 11-year-old girl’s nose leading to a fracture (a clear case of fun landing you in trouble)! Gayle always known as the dangerous, stylish, batsman; revealed his soft-hearted side soon after!
Chris visited the young, injured, cricket fan and (you won’t believe) presented her the medal he won at the match!! He also invited the girl to watch the remaining matches from the VIP lounge. Lucky girl we must say! Now, don’t be shocked to see many more little girls and boys (and even grownups :p) flocking the stadium, hoping to come in the way of Gayle’s sixes!
Not many know that the big West Indian southpaw has suffered from a congenital heart problem and even underwent surgery in Australia in 2005. He is still nursing a groin injury. Perhaps that explains why he does not bother with ones and twos and relies purely on those massive hits that boom from his Gun and Moore cricket bat and go sailing out of the ground! Well it’s working wonders for RCB!
The latest news from the RCB camp is that the batting powerhouse is ready to roll his arm over and chip in as a bowler. The team is 7th on the IPL 5 points table and Gayle’s decision may well lead the team to the play-offs. We also suggest that Mr Mallya hire him as the brand ambassador for his sinking Kingfisher airlines. He may turn fortunes for them yet again since he shows remarkable capability to entertain off the field also!
Yes, Gayle enjoys grooving to Bollywood numbers. It’s not surprising then that Mr Gayle is seriously considering a career in Bollywood in the near future. He was quoted as saying that he plans to ‘take Bollywood away from Salman Khan’. Voila, we don’t know if he will succeed in Bollywood, but we may soon see Chris dancing with desi actors in a full-fledged masala entertainer ! That’s exciting news for all Chris fans.
Well, it’s time we sit back and see what this cricket champion has to offer! One can safely assume that we will see a lot more fireworks emanate from his cricket blade. Keep the sixes raining Mr Gayle, we are loving every bit of it!!