Chris Gayle of the Thunder bats during the T20 Big Bash League match between the Sydney Thunder and the Perth Scorchers at ANZ Stadium on January 11, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.
Chris Gayle of the Thunder bats during the T20 Big Bash League match between the Sydney Thunder and the Perth Scorchers at ANZ Stadium on January 11, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. Ryan Pierse - Getty Images

Gayle has six-appeal, and plenty of it

WEST INDIES master blaster Chris Gayle has six-appeal, and plenty of it.

While other Twenty20 batsmen are happy to hit fours, take singles and twos, the powerful left-handed opener deals in sixes - just look at his recent record.

Gayle smashed 59 sixes in just five Indian Premier League games for the Royal Challengers Bangalore last season, a massive 39 more than his closest rival.

He led the way again with 22 sixes in just seven matches while playing for the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League, before continuing his hitting spree with 26 sixes in five matches for the Barisal Burners in the Bangladesh Premier League.

Now he has the Australian bowlers in his sights in the Twenty20 World Cup.

The Windies, ranked 4th in the world in T20, open their campaign against the Aussies at Colombo's Premadasa Stadium tonight (AEST), and with Gayle back in the line-up after settling his differences with the Windies hierarchy, he's keen to make up for lost time.

Australian coach Mickey Arthur knows that spells danger.

"He (Gayle) just gives them so much explosive hitting power," Arthur, who knows first-hand how destructive Gayle can be after coaching the big West Indian when he played for Western Australia in the old Big Bash, said.

"We have to get our plans spot-on for him, and we are going to have to be at the top of our game in order to win that one.

"He's a big danger for us."


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