Athletic

Chattogram hopeful for Gayle-storm to seal BBPL final

DHAKA Chattogram Challengers is hopeful that their West Indies legend Chris Gayle would come up with all guns blazing in a crucial second Qualifier game of the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BBPL) in which they would take on Rajshahi Royals.

Knowing that the defeat would ruin their hopes to make the BBPL final,

they indeed expected a typical Gayle-storm, which made the Caribbean Stalwart apparent in the shortest version of the cricket.

Gayle has already played three matches with Chattogram and scored 84 runs,

which is not-so-good performance for a batsman like him. Particularly what

was disappointing was Gayle's strike-rate in those three matches.

Specially in the Eliminator game, he ate up huge amount of balls which

could have made adverse impact on the team had captain Mahmudullah Riyad not

covered it up later. Gayle played 49 balls to score 38 in that game against

Dhaka Platoon. But luckily for Chattogram their target was not big enough.

Gayle was always a player who consumed deliveries at the start of the

innings but later covered it up nicely to keep his strike rate healthy. But

recently the problem that haunted him and his team is that before he covered

it well, he got dismissed, making things tougher for the team.

But Chattogram still put their faith on Gayle, insisting that he could

alone destroy any team if he gets his groove. Moreover, they believe that

Gayle's presence is a confidence-booster for them and made the opponents wary

about him, regardless of his performance.

It's a confidence-booster for us that he is playing in our team,

Chattogram all-rounder Muktar Ali said. No one needs to perform if Gayle

comes up with his natural game. Such was his impact that he could single-

handedly drive a side. It's his specialty.

If Gayle can stand high in the tomorrow's game, I think Rajshahi won't win

against us. No one can match him, Muktar remarked.

Rajshahi manager Hannan Sarkar, however, admitted the Gayle-factor,

proving the point raised by Muktar Ali is right.

Everyone knows what Gayle can do alone. If he can settle him in the

crease, he can destroy any team in any part of the world. So, definitely we

have a plan for Gayle. We have to remove him as early as possible if we want

to win the game, he said.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)