Rating openers on the Gayle-o-Meter

RCB dynamite talks about his fellow openers in the IPL

Chennai 26 April 2012
Tall and sturdy frame; long mane peeking out from under bandana and helmet; a band of gold around the neck – Chris Gayle is a superstar even before he takes his stance. But when he swings his power-packed bat, he proves why he’s feared and admired in equal measure.

The Jamaican is arguably the most intimidating batsman in the world at the moment. And true to his batting style, he doesn’t bother with false modesty.

In an exclusive chat with, Gayle easily wore the tag of the biggest striker of the ball. But with great power comes a fair measure of grace. The Royal Bangalore Challengers superhero had some glowing words to share about his fellow opening batsmen in the tournament. He picked the best in the business and elaborated on their strengths and weaknesses.

The Big Five

Virender Sehwag

He has got good eye-hand coordination. I like the way he balances to hit the cricket ball and he has got good speed. He has been successful in all the formats of the game.

My favourite Sehwag shot is the square cut. I like the way he plays it.

As a bowler, it will be pretty easy to get him out. I’ll get him stumped and he won’t get a sniff to hit the ball I bowl.

David Warner

He is phenomenal. We saw a bit of him in CLT20 2011. He scored two back to back hundreds and it was breathtaking to be a part of it even though I was on the losing side. He is an explosive batsman and will join the IPL later on.

There is no particular area where you can bowl to Warner and get him out. Sometimes you have to hope that he gets himself out.

Adam Gilchrist

He has got a lot of experience and is a key member for Kings XI Punjab at the top of the order. He scored a century last year in the IPL as well.

My favourite Gilchrist shot over the last years has been the square cut.

I would want to pull the ball for six the way he does.

Mahela Jayewardene

Mahela has been a revelation in T20 cricket for the last couple of years. He has done well for himself and for his team. He is a class act and we all know his capability and his finesse of touch.

I would try to get him out by hitting the stump.

Shane Watson

He is an all-round player who can play both spin and pace and hit the ball hard. He can hook and pull and can play any shot. All these players are capable of doing anything on any day.

The young stroke-makers

You have a few opening batsman coming up like Richard Levi, Ajinkya Rahane, etc. Opening in T20 is [a] key [skill] and they have to give the team an actual start. Kieron Pollard doesn’t open the batting but gives the ball a good whack.

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