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Chris Gayle’s presence alone sends a fear factor to the opposition: Dwayne Bravo

By Bet Barter

July 13, 2021

West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo believes that Chris Gayle's presence alone sends a fear factor to the opposition. Dwayne Bravo has backed teammate and legendary WI batsman Chris Gayle after a string of low scores this year. Gayle's poor performance has raised several questions over his place in the national team in the game's shortest format.

Chris Gayle is averaging just over 12 from 9 matches since his comeback to the national team in 2021. He returned after a gap of two years. The 41-year-old has managed to score only 13 and 4 batting in the first two T20I games against Australia. However, West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo still believes that Chris Gayle is an important part of the team. 

West Indies have taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the 5-match series

Talking about the third T20I against Australia, Chris Gayle reached another milestone. He became the first batsman all across the globe to score 14,000 runs in the T20 format alone. As criticism of his selection in the team started to surface, Chris Gayle showed his worth. He proved why he is considered as one of the best batsmen in the shortest format of the game.

Following Chris Gayle on the elite list is his teammate Kieron Pollard. He has amassed 10836 runs in the shortest format. Pakistan's former captain Shoaib Malik is also not far behind Pollard, with 10074 runs in 425 games. Australia's star batsman David Warner has also scored 10017 runs in 304 matches.

Chris Gayle made a stunning return to form as West Indies defeated Australia in the third T20I game. The hosts have taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. West Indies finished 142/4, chasing down Australia's total 141/6 with 31 balls to spare. West Indies stand-in captain Nicholas Pooran hit the winning runs to remain unbeaten on 32 from 27 deliveries. Chris Gayle's brilliant innings comprised seven sixes and four boundaries. He also posted his first T20I fifty since an unbeaten 100 against England in March 2016.

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