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Watch out for the Gayle force sixes

Man Mountain is back. World Cup beware! Remember the sixes hit by that CHRISTOPHER GAYLE of the West Indies other than describe it as being a Colossus.

Sixer hitting blood would have been in his genes from the time he was born. He took the willow to his hand, probably playing softball cricket in his home backyard, attempting to hit the covers off every ball.

He took this god given natural ability to the big time game—merciless hitting of sixes while it was joy to him and to those lapping up the magic. It would have been heartbreaking though to the opposing bowlers.

The Calypso singing, samba dancing West Indian cricketers, especially the batsmen are masters in one thing and that is their belief that the ball is there to be hit, whatever the circumstances and not be poked back to the bowler. And when they hit, the ball stays hit and if the ball was to be human, it would have died a thousand deaths.

Gayle is nearing the end of his career, and when at 39 when most batsman’s reflexes would be fading, but it is not so with this over six footer. From the time he takes strike, he sees the ball like a football and if the first ball is hittable for six he will send it most of times well over the boundary like a rocket propelled grenade.

Watching the recently concluded one-day series, especially the second one-dayer in Grenada between West Indies and England, it was a series that will be long remembered by cricket crazy fans who would have lapped up the action that was electric when Gayle with gale force massacred the England bowlers.

Trying their best to match up to Gayle’s rampage, was England’s Captain Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler. England batting first made a massive 418 for six with Morgan making 103 in 88 balls with six sixes and eight fours and Jos Buttler smacking a 77 ball 150 with 12 sixes and 13 fours.

Then when the Windies chased this massive score, Christopher Gayle put the knocks of Morgan and Buttler off the picture as he smashed a 97-ball 162 with 14 sixes and 11 fours in a Windies total of 394 though losing. In performing that batting magic Gayle went past 10 thousand runs in ODI cricket. An effort that only GODS of cricket can perform.

But the Windies who won the Test series showed that it was no fluke as they shared the one day series to underline the fact that the Windies would be challenging strongly for the 2019 World Cup to be played in England and Wales soon.

Gayle has had his differences with the Windies Board and missed playing some games. But whenever he dons the coloured shirt with the numbers 333 on it – 333 is the triple hundred plus he made against Sri Lanka in a Test at Galle- he plays electrifying innings that not only lights up the bull rings, but sends spectators into ecstasy.

Strongly built and standing well over 6 feet, he is all muscle with the strength of an ox and adds to that rare world timing when he hits the ball along the ground no fielder would dare attempt to stop it because the ball travels faster than lightning and to be hit by it, could be a lightning strike and even mean the end of a career.

He probably played his final series in the Caribbean and made it a memorable innings blasting 77 off 27 balls with nine sixes and five fours to share the five match series 2-2 against England. If and when Gayle decides to quit, cricket in all formats will never be the same and every ground in the world over will suffer a power outage.

When Gayle is in the sixer hitting mood and once he connects the ball sails not only over the boundary but lands on roof tops and at times even leaving spectators open to serious injury.

The power he carries is tremendous and the timing which is very important for batting is amazing.

In the Caribbean Gayle in known as the Usain Bolt of cricket and Usain Bolt is known as the Gayle of cricket. Both hail from Jamaica which island has given to cricket champions.

The one day series in the West indies was played on wickets that while favoring batsmen, it was not heartbreaking to the bowlers. Spectators flock in their numbers and keep the turnstiles squealing for oil to watch batsmen hit the covers off the ball, but not forgetting to appreciate an extraordinary bowling effort. Spectators watching the batting magic left the grounds enthralled.

It is hoped that curators in England and Wales where the World Cup is played will endeavor to front up similar wickets, although the fickle weather in England could baulk their attempts.

The present Windies team have in addition to Gayle other batsmen in Shahi Hope, Carlos Braithwaite, Darren Bravo, S.Hetmeyer, Captain Jason Holder and Nurse who could put bowlers to the sword. If the present Windies play in this form, they can be front runners for the 2019 World Cup.

Another brutal hitter of a cricket ball is Australia’s Glen Maxwell. When in the mood he is a right handed Chrys Gale. The other day in a Twenty20 against India in Bangalore he mauled a century (113) in 55 balls with 7 fours and nine sixes.

Maxwell is one of the few batsmen who could clout fours and sixes with ease and if these batsmen could continue in this vein could set alight the next World Cup and send spectators into raptures.

By the way play a straight bat and enjoy life now. It has an expiry date on it.

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