Cricket T20 IPL-5: When Gayle Broke A Nose!
Chris Gayle, the explosive West Indies batsman who surprisingly has not played for his national team since the 2011 World Cup, did something out of the way while sending the balls of his opponent teams out of the grounds during the Indian Premiere League-Season Five (IPL-5) T20 cricket extravaganza that started on April 4, 2012. He broke the nose of a little girl!
Gayle is always awaited eagerly by cricket fans in India for his devastating show in every version of the IPL since 2009. The Indian media too is getting used to hype him as ‘Gaylestorm’. In 2011 he joined the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)—one of the IPL franchises bought and maintained by liquor baron of India, Vijay Mallya— and almost made his team the Champions of IPL-4. Whenever he gets going his team gets into a winning mode with so much certainty that RCB skipper Daniel Vettori (New Zealand) had to comment about the team’s over-dependence on this star.
Recently, April 17 to be exact, Gayle played in a match against Pune Warriors India (PWI) in Bangalore—the ‘home’ grounds for RCB. PWI had been doing very well under the captaincy of veteran Sourav Ganguly and so, the match was expected to be very exciting.
It was thriller going down to the last ball. Chasing a stiff target of 183 runs set by PWI Gayle got into top form immediately playing lofty shots all around the ground. He selected the 13th over bowled by spinner Rahul Sharma for special treatment and hit five huge sixes. The six off the penultimate ball of that eventful over sailed over the stadium and landed squarely on the nose of an 11-year-old girl Tia sitting and rejoicing in the packed stands.Continued on the next page