Gayle wants win over Australia as birthday gift

Sep 22, 2012, 08:17 IST | IANS/CMC

One of the most feared batsmen in the shortest form of cricket, Chris Gayle wants to celebrate his 33rd birthday with a victory when the West Indies play Australia in their opening match of the World Twenty20 Championships today.

The big hitting West Indies opener, who turned 33 yesterday, says an opening win is important in building confidence as the Caribbean side attempts to secure a place in the super-eights, reports CMC.

Chris Gayle
Gayle during a practice session in Colombo yesterday. PIC/AFP

“The key for us is to get to the second round and try and take it step by step. My mind is on Saturday when we face the Australians,” said Gayle. “The first game 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.”

The West Indies are preparing for their opening Group B contest against Australia at the R Premadasa Stadium. “No real big plans. I am going to spend it with the West Indies women’s team,” said Gayle jokingly in response to questions about celebrating his birthday.

“I’ll be 33 so I’m really looking forward to it. I’m looking to celebrate with a win over Australia Saturday night.” Gayle entertained onlookers with some stunning stroke plays hoisting several balls out of the Colts Cricket Ground as training session continued Thursday.

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