AB, Dilshan have taken pressure off me: Gayle

Apr 27, 2012, 10:14 IST | Sundari Iyer

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) opener, Chris Gayle is upbeat over his franchise's success in Season V of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The former West Indies captain was the best performer in IPL-IV. “I’ve enjoyed playing in the IPL, but it was in the fourth edition that I got to play a bigger role for my team (RCB). I was hurt last season after we lost in the finals of both IPL and Champions League. I hope we can do well this time despite the tournament being more hectic,” said Gayle, who has amassed 271 runs so far with a strike rate of 154.70.

Chris Gayle in Mumbai yesterday

Gayle praised Mumbai Indians’ all-rounder Kieron Pollard and called him a challenging and interesting bowler. “Pollard is the one guy whom I find challenging and exciting to play against apart from Lasith Malinga,” added the 32-year-old during a promotional event in the city. Talking about his personal form, he said: “Though I have scored three half centuries for my team, I won’t call it a one- man show, but a team effort. I feel that AB de Villiers and Tillakaratne Dilshan have taken the stress off my shoulders,” he added.

Despite being a specialist player in the shorter formats, his inclusion in the West Indies squad for the World Twenty20 is still unsure. “If they pick me, I will definitely play,” he said. Gayle said it was a sad moment for him when he went to visit Tia (the girl who got injured after being hit by one of his towering sixes in Bangalore). “I couldn’t see the 11-year-old in pain. I almost broke down. But it was a very touching moment for me when she asked me to relax.”

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