"Basically, I've never seen hitting like that in my life." When the Twenty20 carnival rolls around, you'll get variations of that statement from different people - from the erudite to the clueless, from the ones who are part of the action on the field to those who watch from a distance. But when it's Allan Donald who has made that statement, it makes you want to stop and listen.
Donald, fast-bowler supreme and someone who never backed down from a challenge, said this the day after he had watched helplessly from the sidelines as the head coach of Pune Warriors India while Chris Gayle destroyed the bowlers en route to what was, till Monday (May 6), the most comprehensive annihilation of bowlers in IPL 2013.
If Donald caught anything of the Kings XI Punjab chase against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday, he might have allowed himself a smile and a revision of that opinion. David Miller, who Donald would have seen plenty of as the South Africa bowling coach, did the impossible in playing an innings that shaded even Gayle's, with 101 not out off just 38 balls. He not so much snatched as nervelessly walked away with victory from the jaws of comprehensive defeat.