COLOMBO – Big-hitting West Indian opener Chris Gayle said that the team will take the World T20 tournament step by step in spite of having an all-round team that is capable of going all the way in the tournament. The left-hander also spoke about his ability to hit huge sixes, saying that proper balance was the key to his towering sixes.
“Look at our team. We can bat right down [the order]. Bowling-wise, we have spinners and fast bowlers. The key for us now is to get to the second round. And try and take it step by step. You don’t want to wait around for too long before you play a game,” the Jamaican said.
About their match against the Australians, Gayle said, “You want to get in it and make best use of the conditions. Sometimes you have to wait around for a week and that can get quite difficult. Try and get in the right frame of mind. The first game [against Australia] is vital. You don’t want to play catch-up cricket in T20. So it’s a very big match for us. It will also get our confidence going.”
When asked about his six hitting prowess, the Royal Challengers Bangalore star said that the secret was to maintain good balance.
“The key thing is balance. You have to have good balance to be able to hit a lot of sixes. I put special emphasis on my balance. You have to realise that bowlers aren’t always going to make it easy for you,” Gayle told reporters after West Indies’ training session at the Colts ground.
“You have to create the shots, so you have to make sure you do it well. So you have to be mentally prepared as well,” he added.
Gayle also added that with the big bats it’s quite easy for a batsman to clear the ropes.
“Bit of strength work, to be honest and once the ball is in your slot you go for it (On what it takes to hit big sixes). I am sure everyone can hit a six these days. It doesn’t seem so hard these days, with everybody getting big bats. Clearing the boundary is easy. So it’s one of those things you try and get a start. You can take advantage of the conditions once you get accustomed to all the bowlers.”