Mirpur: Explosive batsman Chris Gayle on Monday sounded out a warning to the rival teams ahead of the World Twenty20 by declaring that he can score a hundred irrespective of the conditions.
However, seconds after making the statement, the stylish left-hander contradicted himself by saying that conditions do play a role in a batsman’s performance.
“I am batsman, capable of scoring a century on any conditions and on any wicket in the world. I just want to give the team that kind of a start. It will be nice to get another hundred,” Gayle said with an air of confidence during an interaction on Monday.
“However it also depends on the conditions as well and how the wicket is playing,” he said as the West Indies prepare for their opening warm-up game against England in the World Twenty20 on Tuesday.
Asked about the tremendous pressure on him to perform every time, when he goes out to bat, the Jamaican dasher it indeed was a challenge to live up to the expectations.
“It creates a lot of pressure as expectations are rising. When you actually set a trend, then people expect you to come good at all times. You have fans worldwide who want me to do well. That?s what they pay for and want to see. But it’s not going to happen all the time but when I do get a chance I try to entertain people as much as possible,” he said.
Being the defending champions has its own set of pressures but Gayle and his teammates are ready for the challenge.
“We are here to retain the title and that’s not going to be easy but we are ready for it and we are ready for the challenges. Our first priority is to make it to the last four, it’s a tough group. Everybody is looking to win the tournament.”