Chris Gayle phobia looms large as Mumbai Indians pray for Malinga's toe-crushers

Gavaskar says put fielders in the stands. Viv Richards suggests give spectators helmets. Chris Gayle has sent everyone in a tizzy ahead of Royal Challengers Bangalore's upcoming match against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.

updated: April 26, 2013 14:04 IST
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Never has a batsman attracted so much attention as Chris Gayle is doing every day ever since he struck that fabulous 30-ball century and a world record 66-ball 175 not out for Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on April 23. Gayle has sent every cricket pundit in a tizzy as teams ponder over methods to contain this left-handed Jamaican, who has been in extra-ordinary touch in Indian Premier League 2013.

Mumbai Indians are worried that another Gayle-storm could strike their shores as Bangalore take on Sachin Tendulkar and Company in a much-awaited IPL contest on Saturday night. Head-to-head, both teams are level 6-6 (win-loss) but RCB seems to have got the momentum this time, courtesy Gayle's rollicking form.

Bangalore have two of the top three IPL 2013 run-getters, with Gayle leading the charts with 432 from eight games. RCB skipper Virat Kohli is third best – 333 from eight matches – while Chennai's Mike Hussey is second with 350 runs from seven games. Mumbai have two – Rohit Sharma (264) and Dinesh Karthik (263) – in the top 10, but the onus will be on the bowlers to contain the deep and effective RCB batting on Saturday.

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