Bangalore: Chris Gayle's return to the West Indies set-up after 15 months in the wilderness is great news for all cricket-lovers. Since the World Cup in the subcontinent last year, fans have watched Gayle, the most punishing of left-handed batsmen, ply his wares in domestic Twenty20 tournaments across the world even as the West Indies have struggled to stay afloat in international cricket. With 8087 runs from 228 One-Day Internationals at an average just under 40 and a strike rate of 83.95, Gayle, 32, is as destructive as they come. The three-match one-day series in England will mark his comeback following the amicable settlement of contentious issues with the West Indies Cricket Board.
In a freewheeling chat with Wisden India during IPL V, Gayle, who was the tournament's leading scorer, reflected on his journey, and what made him tick. Excerpts:
People see Chris Gayle as a fearsome striker of the ball who makes batting look ridiculously easy. How do you approach an innings?