Saturday, December 19, 2009

THE WIND BLOWS - CHRIS GAYLE

The charm of Test cricket is it offers place for characters – Jamaican Christopher Henry Gayle, 30 years of age is an enigma. Perhaps one of the most dreaded batsmen whom bowlers dread to bowl to.




At the start of the month, in the second test at Adelaide he was battling with a not so strong batting line up where he had to shoulder all the burden. Facing down the barrel, he stood for over 411 sweat soaked, energy sapping minutes remained unbeaten on 155 on a testing wicket exhibiting triumph of patience which was not considered his virtue. Remember, he till date is the only batsman with a century in T20.


Carrying bat on Australian soil is indeed enviable. Of date, there are 45 occasions of bat carried through happening in Tests – Sunil Gavaskar has achieved this thrice and Sehwag once at Galle. The latest was by Imran Farhat with 117 against Kiwis at Napier becoming the fourth Paki. Gayle just preceded him.

Before you could complete reading this, hurricane blew at Perth. Gayle once said he fancied himself as Hauritz bowling – on the ground struck a six that took into 90s – reportedly one the biggest ever seen in WACA. The pitch here is regarded as one of the quickest and bounciest in the world and many a times teams have got knocked voer by brutal pace aided by the Fremantle Doctor which aids swing. Gayle thundered to a 70 ball hundred that is the fifth fastest century in terms of balls faced in Test history.

The Lillee – Marsh stand has 5 tiers and Gayle cleared the top of them all and landed the ball on the roof skyrocketing defying Newton.

King Viv tops the fastest centurios with his 56 ball effort against England; followed by Adam Gilchrist’s 57 ball. Three of the six fastest hundreds in Tests have been at Perth which by no means is smaller than any other ground.
Way back in 1975-76 series which was fought hot Roy Fredericks hammered a ton of 71. This series was won 5-1 by Aussies perhaps a retaliation of their WC Final loss to Windies. Fredericks toured India under Clive Lloyd but did not make much.

Of the fastest centurions, another cavalier was Majid Jahangir Khan who started off as a pace bowler but slammed England hard. He played against India in 1978 when India toured under Bishan Bedi and played his last match at Gadaffi Stadium, Lahore in Jan 1983; this time failing to trouble the scorers – caught behind of Kapil who had magnificent innings haul of 8 for 85 in 30.5


Regards - Sampathkumar. S

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