Gayle is Not Automatic Choice in the T20 World Cup 2021
West Indies XI’s experienced opener Chris Gayle may not get a chance as an ‘automatic choice’ in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in the United Arab Emirates. Former Caribbean pacers Sir Curtley Ambrose and Kenny Benjamin reported the news.
Despite claiming to be the ‘Universe Boss’, West Indies veteran opener Chris Gayle is not having a good time in T20 cricket. Gayle has scored just one half-century in T20 cricket in the last five years, averaging less than 20 runs. He has withdrawn from the IPL to rest before the last World Cup.
Gayle has scored 165 runs at an average of 17.33 in 9 matches in the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League. Gayle’s team St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots won the event for the first time.
Gayle also played in only two of the five matches against the Punjab Kings in the UAE in the IPL. He also failed with the bat. Made 14 and 1 runs. Gayle then moved out of the bio-safety zone to focus on the T20 World Cup.
“He’s not an automatic choice for me (in the national team),” said Sir Curtley, referring to Gayle, who has been unable to keep up with the bat for the past 18 months. Only played a few home series (West Indies). He couldn’t score any crucial. I have said before that if he does not do well in the home series, then he should not go to the World Cup.
He added, ‘Anyway he will be in the World Cup, but to me, he is not an automatic choice. He can be devastating. But he hasn’t done much in the last 18 months. So he will shine in the World Cup – I don’t think so. ‘
Benjamin said the same thing about Gayle. “It’s not an automatic choice for me either,” he said. You look at our team, there are Lewis and Simmons. These guys have done great in the last few matches.
“We have to play with the best team in the World Cup,” he added. At the end of the day, before the match, we have to select the best XI. I don’t like him automatically in the beginning. ‘
Besides, Sir Kartley is not willing to make Gayle opener even though he got a place in the XI in the World Cup. “Personally, I don’t think he’s batting at the beginning, but he can bat at number three,” he said. Number three is suitable for him outside the opening.
“I used to open with Gayle,” Benjamin said. When the batting was open, he would burn. We don’t think we can do that anymore. If he doesn’t open, I think he will be out. ‘
He added, ‘We have to keep in mind that those who are playing against Gayle are doing their homework and they are going to starve him and stop him from taking big shots. So all we have to do is help for the best. He has to face the new ball and once he gets fired, he can go a long way. ‘
The West Indies will begin their mission to retain the title with a match against England on October 23 in Dubai. The Caribbeans won the title dramatically against England in 2016 final.