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  1. As novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) tightens its grip across the globe, the governmental bodies continue to put in the hard labour in a bid to prevent its spread. With the COVID-19 cases rising by the day, the concerned authorities have been left with no option but to emplace travel bans, facilitate quarantine camps and put curfews in place. While the recent turn of events continues to bamboozle the authorities, its preventive measures have disrupted normalcy in the lives of people across the globe. The world of sports, too, has taken a hit with numerous sporting events either getting suspended, postponed or cancelled. View this post on InstagramOn a roll 𧻠Wanted to get in on the action...#stayathomechallenge (recovery version ð)A post shared by (@marcusrashford) With no playing time on the field, sportspersons have been pretty much restricted to home akin to the general public. But, while staying at home might seem like a drag, sports stars have found ways to keep themselves occupied and their fans entertained. The 'Toilet Paper Challenge' and 'Stay At Home Challenge' are a couple of unique ways that are being used by sportspersons to not only keep themselves busy, but also spread awareness about COVID-19. With a significant lack of any live sport on the horizon, sportspersons have had enough time on their hands to spread the word far and wide. The most recent sports star to join the 'Stay At Home Challenge' was none other than 'Universe Boss' Chris Gayle himself. #StayAtHomeChallenge ?????? #Attiitude pic.twitter.com/NMIDxeiz0P â Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) March 19, 2020 The Jamaican marauder, on Thursday, took to social media to post a video of himself where he was seen working out indoors in his own uncanny manner. The left-handed opener was seen wearing a Superhero-like costume, which reminded us of the WWE stars, and working out to the tunes of the iconic 'Eye of the Tiger' track. View this post on InstagramThere is always an opportunity to do something productive and be safe at the same time. Feels great to be in the nature right now and enjoying my workout as well ð Stay Strong everyone ðªðA post shared by (@shikhardofficial) A day before Gayle, Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan, too, took up the 'Stay At Home Challenge'. The Indian batsman took to Instagram where he was seen working out in what appeared to be the backyard of his residence. "There is always an opportunity to do something productive and be safe at the same time. Feels great to be in the nature right now and enjoying my workout as well. Stay Strong everyone," Dhawan wrote. View the full article
  2. Over the last decade, Chris Gayle has established himself as the most dangerous batsman of this generation, if not of all time. A big part of his journey towards becoming the feared powerhouse that he is, has been plying his trade in franchise tournaments in the Indian subcontinent. He has featured for Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League and teams from Lahore and Karachi in the Pakistan Super League. The love he has received from the subcontinent has been unparalleled. So, it comes as no surprise to see Chris Gayle show his support in creating the spectacle that is India vs Pakistan. In the run-up to the game to be played between the two rivals in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, he showed off his 'special outfit' for the game on social media. View this post on Instagram Yup! I'm rocking my india ð®ð³ Pakistan ðµð° Suit, all love and respect!ð âð¿... I really love it and this will be one of my outfit at my birthday party September 20th ð...its lit ð¥ ðð¿ðºð¾ð¥ #FashionOverStyle #UniverseBoss #KingGayle #45 #333 #Suit @sidbafna #Attiitude #CWC19 A post shared by KingGayle ð (@chrisgayle333) on Jun 15, 2019 at 5:16am PDT Safe to say that fans appreciated the tweet, as fans from both countries weighed in with some brilliant reactions- Hope this Sunday is SUN DAY in England — Kashir Ali (@KashirAli17) June 15, 2019 pic.twitter.com/46VFqgLl0y — Yogita (@momo_7862) June 15, 2019 Make it All green because Pakistan is going to win tomorrow #PAKvIND — Umair (@Pakistan354) June 15, 2019 We need to respect Cricket. India for indians and Pakistan for Pakitaniz but I hope it's going to be good game. Both countries needs to show sportsmanship. Gayle Gandsta ♠ï¸ — Salman khalid (@Awesomesalman1) June 15, 2019 The 'Universe Boss' is prepared for the big festival today and with an expected viewership of 1 billion people across the planet, so are fans of both teams. Team India may be favourites but Pakistan will post a fair fight with an explosive batting lineup and unpredictable bowling. If rain does not play spoilsport, it is set to be an epic encounter.
  3. As the tenth and last team to have announced their 15-man-squad for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019, West Indies have decided to include massive hitters like Chris Gayle and Andre Russell in the roster to help skipper Jason Holder put up some big numbers on the scoreboard. While the team has the right to make amendments to this provisional list of cricketers without seeking special permission from the International Cricket Council (ICC) until 23rd May 2019, the two veterans seem to have given themselves a good chance of making it to the final roster. The wait for the #MenInMaroon squad is over! England & Wales..here WI come! ð´ ðªð½ð¥ #Weallin #ItsOurGame #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/Wy9KHx9OZA — Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) April 24, 2019 The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had announced that the selection process for the Men in Blue will not include their performance during the twelfth season of the Indian Premier League. With due credit to them, they stood by that promise when they chose old-timer and consistent Dinesh Karthik over the explosive youngblood, Rishabh Pant. BREAKING: India have named their #CWC19 squad! pic.twitter.com/mMXt5kAG6Y — Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) April 15, 2019 On the other hand, it seems as if the Windies roster has had a huge influence by the two Carribean athletes' performances during the Indian Twenty20 league. Albeit, Gayle looked dialled in during their ODI series against Eoin Morgan's English Team before the IPL began, Russell's entry into the squad seems to be decided purely on his monstrous season with the IPL franchise, Kolkata Knight Riders. Well played boys @KKRiders @lynny50 @NitishRana_27 @robbieuthappa . Each one in the team did so well but you all will agree all words of praise r worth less than this picture... pic.twitter.com/bak2zQ9NqD — Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) April 5, 2019 "I spoke to Andre a few days ago. He has a few niggles. He has some pain behind his knee but he assured the selection panel that he'll be okay for the World Cup," Robert Haynes, the interim chairman of Cricket West Indies, said. "He (Russell) has scored a lot of runs and we'll be using him as a batting all-rounder," said interim head coach Floyd Reifer. "He's doing very well in the IPL. We have got to manage his injuries and have three to four days rest between the games." Surprisingly, other big hits such as Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine and Devendra Bishoo did not succeed in putting themselves on the list. But should Team India be concerned? There is no doubt that players like Gayle and Russell have the potential to smack the ball to far away places, as their massive success during the Twenty20 league is testament to their batting prowess. Having said that, the difference between the formats of T20 and ODIs is significant. One-dayers require better stamina, more endurance and most of all, the patience to play 50 overs without making silly mistakes that can lead to the loss of wickets. In the past year, both Gayle and Russell weren't included in the ODI roster for many bilateral and trilateral series for the Windies. While the 'Universe Boss' has played in just five ODIs, Russell was involved in a single ODI against Mashrafe Mortaza's Bangladesh side which the Windies lost. With the lack of familiarity with this format of the game in the recent past, even though the Windies roster seems to be imposing on paper, their success on the field is yet to be witnessed.
  4. Christopher Henry Gayle, this man has grown to become the bane of a lot of bowlers' existence through his 20 years of batting for the Windies team and the thought of bowling six deliveries to this batting legend seems to be a harrowing one. But, as a member of a cricket team, you have got to do what your captain says. Thus, came in the 25-year-old Mohammed Siraj to bowl his first over of the game against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) with the 'Universe Boss', himself on strike. To add to Siraj's misery, his first over also happened to be the final one of the batting Power Play for the Kings XI so Gayle had a little extra motivation to lookout for bigger shots during these six deliveries. Opening the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) bowler's over with a four on the first ball, Gayle smoked Siraj for a six and another four on the second and third deliveries, respectively. Letting the gasping pacer breathe for a dot ball, Gayle continued the onslaught hitting another six and a four on the last two deliveries of the spell, bagging a total of 24 runs in the sixth over, all for himself. SIIIIIRRRRRRRRRRRAAAA-J WELCOME! ð 4,6,4, Gayle has decided to unleash and he's taking on Siraj here. ð#SaddaPunjab #KXIPvRCB #KXIP #VIVOIPL — Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 13, 2019 Siraj went on to bowl three more overs of his quota but resulted in becoming the most expensive bowler for the Virat Kohli side giving away 54 runs in 24 legal deliveries. Throughout the 2019 season of the IPL, Siraj has been one of the costliest bowlers not only for Bangalore but the entire league. Having bowled 22.1 overs this season, Siraj has let off 210 runs while bagging just six scalps with an economy rate of 9.47. After his first showing of the match, RCB fans took to Twitter to speculate as to what keeps the team managers of the squad from dropping him: Mohammed Siraj has @imVkohli 's nudes. Why else would he be selected? #KXIPvRCB — Harshith (@CS_Harshith) April 13, 2019 It's hard to understand why @imVkohli is still having Mohammed Siraj in the @RCBTweets team after so many disappointing performances by him. #IPL2019 #KXIPvsRCB — Vaibhav K (@VaibhavKajarek2) April 13, 2019 Still a better bowler than Mohammed Siraj ð𤣠#VIVOIPL #PerfectFan #HYDERABAD #KXIPvRCB #PLAYBOLD pic.twitter.com/C2hKZg4eNj — Prithvi Cena (@prithvicena21) April 13, 2019 Hey @RCBTweets why is #MohammedSiraj is in playing X1 such a useless player — Sushith (@Sushithsuvarna) April 13, 2019 Mohammed siraj = lol — Prashanth Karanth (@Prashanth511) April 13, 2019
  5. So far in the twelfth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), regardless of which team is leading the tournament according to the Points Table, we have to agree that the highlight of the entire league are the West Indies cricketers who have been playing the game of cricket on a level a lot higher than anyone else. Be it the ability to chase down huge totals or their performance with the ball, the Caribbeans look to be miles ahead that the rest of the players on the field in this month and a half long contest. For instance, Kolkata Knight Riders' Andre Russell has been on a tear ever since the franchise's first game of the season against Kane Williamson's SunRisers Hyderabad. Chasing an above average total of 181 runs, Russell took to the crease on the fifth spot and led the team to victory playing a 49 off 19 balls innings. Playing with a scary strike rate of 212.39, the 'Baahubali' of IPL is a player to look out for in the biggest tournament in the game come May. Ruthless. Relentless. Russel ðªð¥ The absolute hitting that led to this though ðð@KKRiders @Russell12A #RCBvKKR pic.twitter.com/4Ou1HzYS34 — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 5, 2019 If there is someone who's a bit scarier than Russell, it has to be the 'Universe Boss', Chris Gayle who opens the batting order for Kings XI Punjab along with KL Rahul. At 39 years of age, Gayle, has opened up about his thoughts of retiring from the game after the World Cup. However, his beyond-amazing performance in the ODI series against England and recently found IPL mojo, Gayle is one of those batsmen who can change the game in his team's favour in the blink of an eye. Kieron Pollard is another veteran who seems to have found his game during the 2019 IPL. Having struggled for a couple of seasons in the past, Pollard has returned to his original destructive-self and how. While struggling to connect with the ball in the first few games, Pollard showed to the world and the selectors of the Windies side that he's still skilled enough to make it to the World Cup roster, keeping in mind that this could be his final chance to lift the trophy. Hardik: Kieron Pollard is a legend. Only one man could've done this.#OneFamily #CricketMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians #MIvKXIP pic.twitter.com/YcUKauYTWv — Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 10, 2019 Although Chennai Super Kings' Dwayne Bravo isn't having the best IPL season of his career, the fact that he continues to be a top-10 bowler of the league has to be appreciated. The one capable enough to catch fire with the bat quickly, Bravo's inclusion to the team could be crucial for the Windies' success. A blend of such veterans with young and raw talents like Alzarri Joseph can make for a scary West Indies squad, maybe even capable enough to bring back the glory days to the Caribbean. Alternatively, the Windies also have a tendency to fall apart when it comes to playing together as a team. Series like the one against England a couple of months ago is a perfect example of how individual talents like Gayle, Jason Holder and Darren Bravo fail to perform well as a team and the team ends up crashing and burning.
  6. “Work hard in silence. Let your success be your noise,” a statement once given by Frank Ocean is completely justified by the English all-rounder, Sam Curran. As a budding cricketer in his school days, Curran had an opportunity to meet his idol Chris Gayle, and now, when he is 20-years-old, he has earned his opportunity to share the dressing room with the Gayle Storm. Recently, Gayle shared a collage of two pictures (then and now) in which on one side, he is seen posing with a young Curran dressed in his school uniform, and on the other, on the right, the latest photo with the 20-year-old all-rounder in his Kings XI Punjab jersey. View this post on Instagram This is a special moment for any youngster! All I can say is remember what get you where you at today, @samcurran58 #DreamBigger #GetStronger #BrightFuture #Multitalented - I think in the pic I'm looking young but you're looking younger ð𤣠#Kings ðªð¿ A post shared by KingGayle ð (@chrisgayle333) on Apr 4, 2019 at 10:39am PDT “This is a special moment for any youngster! All I can say is remember what got you where you at today. I think in the pic I'm looking young but you're looking younger,” Gayle wrote. Even Curran replied saying: “Thank you Legend @chrisgayle333 excited for the season ahead playing and learning from you.” Talking of form, both batsmen have been in sublime form in this year's Indian Premier League (IPL). On one hand, where Gayle has consistently been providing a good start to KXIP, Curran on the other, has been crowned as the youngest player ever to take a hat-trick in the league. We hope we see the youngster and his idol play together in the next match when the team goes face to face with the defending kings of the IPL trophy, Chennai Super Kings, on 6th April.
  7. Over the years we have seen sportspersons turning politicians at the end of their playing careers. but have you ever heard of an active sportsperson joining politics? Let's make this question a bit more interesting, 'have you ever heard a foreign active player getting into Indian politics?' According to online reports and social media posts on Thursday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hired another famous cricketer after Gautam Gambhur to their campaigning squad. Apparently, an image of the Universal Boss Chris Gayle, wearing a saffron Kurta flooded social media. Many believe that the West Indian star is here to campaign for BJP ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. A similar claim was made last year in April, that Gayle storm has entered BJP and was campaigning for Karnataka Assembly elections. The claim was backed by digitally manipulated images of the cricketer. As per the fake post, Chris Gayle is called 'Krishna Goyal' as a joke, and the same meme is being shared all over the place using the same old photoshopped image. Welcome Krishna Goyal urf (Chris Gayle) in BJPðð__||@virendersehwag @henrygayle @SanjayS2022 @lionsdenkxip pic.twitter.com/wYKcgBVWAQ — kunal parira (@parira_kunal) April 27, 2018 ðð Bhakts are so funny! 𤣠— Samiya Latief (@Samiyalatief) March 28, 2019 ð Sanghi Gayle is a joke But Navjot Singh Sidhu joining PTI in coming days is a real possibility. — Gully Boy (@colorfulmonk) March 28, 2019 ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£ð¤£seems like soon he will be inducted into the RSS wing...a spoof shud be made featuring saangi crish Gayle entering indian politics.... — Vishesh Gupta (@visheshgupta787) March 28, 2019 @hrishidayma1 sanghi gayleð𤣠— Vivek Karwa (@vivekkarwa20) March 28, 2019 Despite this being a piece of fake news, do you think he should join politics after his cricketing career? Let us know in there comments.
  8. Christopher Henry Gayle, probably the best T20 batsman in the world, has once again proven why he owns that title. Opening his Indian Premier League campaign against Rajasthan Royals(RR) on Monday, Gayle of Kings XI Punjab(KXIP) bagged the man of the match award for playing a glorious knock of 79 runs in 47 balls, consisting of 4 sixes and 8 boundaries. Starting off slow and settling himself first was something new that we fans got to witness. Though many would say that he had a particular reason to do that, which was him needing a mere seven more runs to become the fastest person to reach 4000 IPL runs. But even after reaching that peak, he made sure that he played very carefully and didn't start firing straight-away. He took his time and once he was settled, he blasted in all directions of the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur. View this post on Instagram When friends reunite, expect ð¥ @sarfarazkhan97's #VIVOIPL best 46* and @chrisgayle333's 79 help @kxipofficial set @rajasthanroyals a target of 185. @stokesy picked up 2! #RRvKXIP A post shared by IPL (@iplt20) on Mar 25, 2019 at 9:23am PDT Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal shared a 56-run stand but soon after Agarwal departed, the Universe Boss switched to beast mode and was supported by young Sarfraz Khan on the other end. Despite Gayle getting caught by Rahul Tripathi on the ball of Ben Stokes, Sarfraz took the responsibility of his side and took them to a good total of 184 in their share of 20 overs. View this post on Instagram 25th Fifty in #VIVOIPL cricket for @chrisgayle333 ð¥ A 7th 1â£0â£0⣠may not be too far away ð #RRvKXIP A post shared by IPL (@iplt20) on Mar 25, 2019 at 8:31am PDT Irrespective of the controversial moments the game had, Chris Gayle became the second leading scorer in the IPL so far. And if he continues with the same form, there is no doubt that David Warner or anyone could stand in his path of grabbing the Orange Cap and becoming the leading scorer of the season.
  9. 2018 was a tough year for West Indies batsman and former skipper Chris Gayle, especially when it came to becoming a part of his national team to represent his country in international matches and tournaments. Bad form, injuries and controversies infested the cricketer's career to the point that he wanted to say goodbye to the sport for good back then. What made him stay in touch with the athlete in himself were the league-level tournaments that are now being hosted by most of the top cricketing nations after the success of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Big Bash League, Pakistan Super League, Bangladesh Premier League, you name it and Gayle was there. However, 2019 brought the hitter some good fortune as the selectors decided to give him one more chance with the ODI series against the visiting England cricket team and another opportunity was all the self-proclaimed 'Universe Boss' was looking for. Playing on a superhuman level Gayle has scored 135, 50 and 162 runs in the first, second and fourth ODI matches against the Englishmen, not only becoming the first person in the history of international cricket to hit more than 500 sixes but also only the second West Indies cricketer to have more than 10,000 runs. What a record! ð³300 sixes and 10,000 ODI runs for the Universe Boss, Chris Gayle! ð´ð´ó §ó ¢ó ¥ó ®ó §ó ¿#MenInMaroon #ItsOurGame #ChrisGayle #GayleForce pic.twitter.com/aM3nDeduSa — Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) February 27, 2019 Even though Eoin Morgan's side is turning out to be way too much of a competition for the Windies, Gayle on his own, is reaching for the stars with his new-found form. Having publicly announced his decision to seek retirement after the ICC World Cup 2019, Gayle is now having second thoughts about his farewell. Overruling their own decision to part ways with the game they love isn't something new as players like Sachin Tendulkar and Shahid Afridi (obviously) have also done so in the past. And clearly, for somebody with Gayle's need to stay in the limelight, the thought of retirement has to be short-lived. "I just have to work on the body, and then maybe you can see a bit more Chris Gayle. Things change quickly,” Gayle said after losing a nail-biting fourth ODI against England. “Hopefully, the body can change in the next couple of months and we can see what happens. What's the matter with the body? I'm nearly 40. But could I un-retire? We'll see. We'll take it slowly." Never change, Universe Boss.
  10. Until yesterday, Barbados, the island nation in the Caribbean, used to be known across the world for being the place where 'Friends' character Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) hooked up with Joey (Matt LeBlanc), but the Windies' 'Universe Boss', Chris Gayle, decided to change that last evening when he caused it to rain sixes on the island against the visiting England cricket team. WHAT A KNOCK. Chris Gayle makes an incredible return to international cricket, reaching his 24th ODI hundred with a single off of Chris Woakes. It's come from exactly 100 balls. Clinical.#WIvENG | FOLLOW â¬ï¸ https://t.co/pQbWOWuEQM pic.twitter.com/0uUFCPJK4h — ICC (@ICC) February 20, 2019 If 'Balls Lost' was a stat maintained by the International Cricket Council (ICC), it would have to be Chris Gayle's name on the top of the charts. In a comeback match of his extremely successful career, the 39-year-old was able to get his 24th ODI century. He scored a massive 135 runs off 129 balls while having three 4s and 12 thunderous 6s to achieve this feat. What is crazier than these numbers is the sheer strength Gayle continues to command. There are sixes that just make it beyond the boundary line and then there are the 'Gayle Storm' sixes that disappear somewhere on stadium rooftops or even go out of them. Yesterday, Barbados experienced one such storm. During the beating he put on the Englishmen last evening, Gayle's 12 sixes included a monsterous maximum that travelled for more than 120-m with the ball nowhere to be found. However, the 'ball-finding' experts believe that it may quite possibly be resting on the decks of a ship docked in the adjacent port. But that was just one of eight incidents when the umpires had to introduce a new white ball into the game because of Chris Gayle. Running out of balls in Barbados#ENGvWI Gayle ð¥ð¥ — @RavitejaFan (@asisht84) February 20, 2019 Gayle looked like a batsman fresh in his prime during the first ODI between England and West Indies. Beating Shahid Afridi's record for the most number of sixes (476), Gayle got the top spot in that category when in the 14th over, Gayle sent another one out of the park on a Moeen Ali-delivery. His new found form has come up after a couple of days since the athlete had publicly announced that he would be retiring from One-Day International cricket post ICC World Cup 2019. Although Joe Root and the rest of the English squad was able to chase down the Windies' mammoth total of 360 runs to win the first ODI, Gayle's return to the Caribbean roster in such fashion, just a couple of months before the world cup is nothing but good new for his team. Regardless, his fans were thoroughly entertained: After many days : Gayle is back into team Ball is out of groundð¤£#WIvENG #BBCCricket #IPL — Prem reddy (@premraina48) February 20, 2019 Universal Boss telling English kids how to hit ball out of the grnd. He is back with a bang #GayleStorm #gayle #universeboss #peak — Mohd Shaarif Siddiqui (@siddiqui_sharif) February 20, 2019 Gayle storm is here for a biggie!!! Another one!! That's 3rd ball they have lost..#WIvENG — Yogi (@yogasai1990) February 20, 2019 5th ball is lost ðð Chris gayle #WIvENG — CRICKET LOVE (@CricketMyLove_) February 20, 2019 Could watch Chris Gayle bat all day. See ball, hit ball #WIvENG — Mark Dignam (@MarkDignam_84) February 20, 2019 Chris Gayle knocking the ball out the park for fun — WOOD (@LeeWood_14) February 20, 2019 Christopher Gayle!!! ð¥ð¥ð¥ Wowzers! Can we have the ball back please? ð #WIvENG — Ryan (@iAmRyan1211) February 20, 2019
  11. After splurging a combined amount of a whopping Rs 106.80 crore at the auctions, the eight franchises of the Indian Premier League (IPL) are raring to begin their title chase as one of the world's biggest T20 extravaganza is slated to begin from 23rd March. While the cricket fans anxiously await the 12th edition of the IPL, the two of the league's biggest stars have given us a glimpse of what they're planning to offer this season. David Warner , captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad, has not been in action (on the international stage) owing to his suspension in the infamous ball-tampering case. On the other hand, Chris Gayle, a vital cog in Kings XI Punjab's batting line-up, too, has not played an international game since July, 2018. But, despite that, the two limited-overs specialists undoubtedly know how to put up a show. Currently plying their trade in the ongoing edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), Warner and Gayle are not enthralling cricket fans with their batting skills, but they are adding to the entertainment with their dance moves - a precursor to what we can expect from them in the upcoming season of the IPL . During the clash between Sylhet Sixers and Rangpur Riders, the BPL 2019 clash was lit up by some crazy dance moves. The likes of Gayle and Warner alongside a host of Bangladeshi stars were seen shaking a leg during the match. While Gayle was seen slaying his classic bhangra, Warner, too, was seen pulling off some moves after smacking the Jamaican for a big six. If that wasn't enough, the fact that Warner decided to turn into a right-hander before mercilessly smacking Gayle all-around the park, further left the spectators in awe of his batting prowess. Bangladeshi batsman Liton Das, too, joined the party and showed some moves of his own. In the end, Warner (61) and Das (70) powered their side to a 27-run win. And, while Sylhet Sixers eventually emerged as winners, the likes of Warner, Gayle and Das all won over the fans with their crazy dance moves.
  12. Ever since making his international debut in 2016, Yuzvendra Chahal has become a vital cog in the Indian cricket team's spin bowling department. From breaking partnerships to providing crucial breakthroughs, the leg-spinner, with his ever-increasing variations, continues to aid his side in crunch situations. Bowling in tandem with Kuldeep Yadav, Chahal also forms a formidable partnership in spin bowling for Team India. But, in the Virat Kohli era of Indian cricket, successfully carrying out predefined roles aren't just enough. For a man who emphasises on fitness, Kohli demands its players to be agile and fit to perform in other departments of the game. Thus, we have seen the new-age Indian cricketers spending quality time in the gym to raise their fitness levels. View this post on Instagram Trying to UP the game down under #stayahead #IndvsAus A post shared by Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal23) on Nov 20, 2018 at 3:46am PST Chahal was probably doing the same when he shared a brief video of himself on the social media. Taking to Instagram, the Indian spinner uploaded his workout video where he was seen sweating it out in the gym as part of India's fitness session ahead of the first T20I against Australia. "Trying to UP the game down under #stayahead #indvsaus," he wrote on Instagram. While the 28-year-old failed to make the cut for India's playing XI at the Gabba, he thronged the social media for all the wrong reasons - courtesy Chris Gayle. Responding to Chahal's post, the Jamaican marauder took a dig at his former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) teammate by writing: "Lord help me". On the other hand, while Chahal was sitting out, his compatriot Kuldeep took two wickets at the expense of 24 runs in the first T20I against Australia. However, India's decision to play Krunal Pandya backfired big time as the allrounder gave away 55 runs in a mere four overs, conceding six sixes as Australia romped to a competitive total of 158/4 in the rain-hit clash which was eventually reduced to 17 overs.
  13. The recently concluded IPL 2018 has primarily given us two things – a) Kings XI Punjab's Sher Chris Gayle and b) dancing Chris Gayle. Be in on-field or off-field, you can trust 'Gaylestorm' to be savage at any given time and place. Honestly, had he not been a phenomenal cricketer, I would have started a petition on change.org by now, to cast him in a Bollywood movie for his crazy dance skills. © BCCI When the West Indies batsman is in the picture, everyone else can just go home because we all know who's going to steal the spotlight. And this is exactly what happened a few weeks back when a certain video of him dancing on Sapna Chaudhary's song surfaced online. Gayle was dancing to the popular Haryanvi number 'Kajal' and I know that we all have heard this song and secretly danced to it. But, it was only when we looked closely we realized that it wasn't the original video. It was actually from last year when he danced on 'Laila Main Laila' where he also challenged his fans to dance on this song. © Twitter Just when we thought we are done with this dance challenge that was given last year, a fan responded to it only now, but on the 'Kajal' version. He posted his video on Twitter and wrote, “Trying to match you strong man.” @henrygayle Trying to match you strong man :) pic.twitter.com/wgrSzIjtNU — A VICKY KUMAR (@ImVickyKumar) June 2, 2018 In all honesty, this man did manage to copy his dance style with perfection, and all we were waiting for now, was Chris Gayle's response. And the 'Universe Boss' replied to the video in the most epic way possible. He said, “You killed it. When is the funeral?” You killed it! When is the funeral? ðð¿ https://t.co/DtX5z5oDgN — Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) June 3, 2018 But, Gayle's fans love him anyway and this one too took this opportunity to praise his batting skills. Not sure when the Funeral is but sincere thanks for retweeting it :) However, each time you come out and bat I feel like I'm attending the Funeral of a 'LEATHER BALL' You literally kill it with those bang bang sixes out of the park Love and regards from India :) — A VICKY KUMAR (@ImVickyKumar) June 3, 2018 Seriously guys, can someone give Chris Gayle an award for being this savage?
  14. With 252 runs, one hundred, two fifties, fourteen fours and twenty-three sixes in just four games, it's safe to say that Chris Gayle has thoroughly dominated the Indian Premier League (IPL) this season. The left-hander has enjoyed a blistering form which has allowed Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) to get past some of the toughest opponents in the league this year. However, for a man who has been pretty hard to stop by the opposition bowler, Gayle was left to fend for himself after being dropped by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) ahead of the players' auction earlier this year. In fact, during the highly-anticipated auction in February, no team was willing to bid for the big West Indian until Punjab bought him at his base price of Rs 2 crore. In a bid to prove his detractors wrong, Gayle has replied like a true champion with his bat doing all the talking. Given the fact that RCB have just won two out of their seven games so far and are currently placed seventh in the standings, goes on to show that letting Gayle go was probably their biggest mistake. BCCI While RCB team management or their pragmatic skipper Virat Kohli has remained silent on Gayle's form and their decision to let him go, the Jamaican marauder opened the can of worms by disclosing the shocking details of the communication between Gayle and his old team. During an interview with TOI, Gayle revealed that the RCB management had called and told him that they want to keep him in the team for the eleventh edition of the IPL. But, as it turned out, RCB didn't just lie about retaining Gayle, but didn't even bid for him during the auction. “I was their biggest draw. It was disappointing from that end, because they had called me. They wanted me in the team and I was told that I will be retained. But they never called back after that. So that gave me the impression that they didn't want me and it's fine,” the 38-year-old revealed. BCCI “As I said, I can't fight with anyone. I think I had a wonderful CPL and BPL – where I scored two centuries for my side Rangpur Riders. The stats don't lie: 21 centuries, most number of sixes. If that doesn't put a stamp on brand Chris Gayle, I don't know what will,” he said. “I'll be honest in admitting that it was very surprising for me to not get picked by any team. I don't know what went behind closed doors but I also understand that these things happen. It's just the way it is. But it's fine. I've moved on from it. Like I said, it's a great opportunity to be playing for King XI Punjab and so far I've had a great time,” Gayle added. “Perhaps it was supposed to happen, you know. King Gayle; destined to be playing for Kings XI Punjab,” the 'Universe Boss' concluded with his typical swagger.
  15. Chewed up, spitted out and left to fend for himself; Chris Gayle's future in the Indian Premier League (IPL) looked uncertain after he was not retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) ahead of the players' auction. And, when he went unsold after failing to find suitors in the initial bidding rounds, it seemed that the Indian fans might not witness the 'Gayle-storm' this season. But, an unlikely bid from Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) eventually saved the day for both Gayle and IPL fans. The Jamaican marauder had finally found a team that was willing to buy him, even if it was for his base price of Rs 2 crore. While many thought Punjab had probably made a mistake by investing in Gayle, the 'Universe Boss' eventually made the naysayers eat their own words. Tipped as cricketer who was old and past his prime, Gayle reminded everyone that you can never count out a player of his calibre. After being left out in the first two games, Gayle marked his KXIP debut with a blistering 33-ball 63 that helped his side beat Chennai Super Kings (CSK). In the next match, he went bonkers against Sunrisers Hyderabad in his unbeaten 63-ball 104 in Mohali. BCCI His brilliant ton - first by a batsman this season - was followed by another gem of an innings where he smashed a 38-ball 62. His only failure, a 22-ball 23, came against Hyderabad in Punjab's last game where his side slumped to a surprising 13-run loss. Playing in just four games so far, Gayle has amassed 252 runs including an unbeaten hundred and two fifties. And, the fact that he has smashed 14 fours and 23 sixes is one of the reasons why Punjab have looked so convincing this season. For a man who failed to garner the interest of numerous franchises, Gayle has undoubtedly taken the IPL by storm this season on the back of sublime performances. Thus, it was only fair to see him celebrate his marauding run in style in Goa. Goa will never be the same again. #GayleStormDPT has arrived… #ChrisGayle himself is taking a break in Goa at #DPTColossus. #DeltinLife #Poker pic.twitter.com/Ps6uCu68ZJ — Adda52.com (@Adda_52) April 27, 2018 Taking a well-deserved break, Gayle was seen having a lot of fun in Goa. The 38-year-old was seen chilling out in India's official party destination where he also unveiled his famous 'Gangnam style' moves. #TheUniverseBoss aka @henrygayle ... Playing the game like no ones business... Living the life in #Gooaaa...The Storm is here ... #GayleStormDPT#ChrisGayle @TheDeltinLife @Abhigoindi pic.twitter.com/wqc4pYv6Qf — Adda52.com (@Adda_52) April 27, 2018 In fact, he will also be seen taking part in a poker tournament where the southpaw will lock horns with Bollywood hottie Minissha Lamba in what appears to a promotional event. Chris Gayle Vs. Minissha Lamba… this is something we never thought could happen… But DPT and Adda52 have done it… It's a match… #GayleStormDPT #BollywoodVsCricket #Bollywood #Cricket pic.twitter.com/MRwjIfJp80 — Adda52.com (@Adda_52) April 26, 2018 The Bollywood actress, too, showed her excitement for the poker tournament before sharing a candid photo of herself on Instagram. Day 2 #pokerlife #pokerchips #thuglife #champion @pausefashion.in #slay #slayqueen A post shared by minissha_lamba (@minissha_lamba) on Apr 27, 2018 at 1:30am PDT Given his form this season, the Punjab will once again be counting on the big West Indian to come good when they take on Mumbai Indians at the Holkar stadium in Indore on 4th May.
  16. While Chris Gayle led his KingsXI Punjab team to victory, he also opened the account of the IPL 2018 season's first century. Soon after the stellar win, 'Gaylestorm' was trending all over the internet and everyone was praising how a player who was not being picked up at the IPL auction was now leading the team to victory, completely turning the tables in the process. This is a big answer to all the teams that didn't want to bid for Gayle at the auction. #UniverseBoss — Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) April 19, 2018 Meanwhile Preity Zinta's Reaction To People Who Were Laughing At Her When She Choose To Buy Unsold Chris Gayle. #KXIPvSRH #KXIPvsSRH #SRHvKXIP #UniverseBoss #GayleStorm pic.twitter.com/a4pvjBKu07 — Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) April 19, 2018 Virender Sehwag also took this opportunity to shut every Gayle troller on the planet with a single meme. He jumped on the bandwagon of the 'If you don't love me at' memes and made one for Gayle as well. I saved the IPL by picking - @henrygayle ð¤£ð¤£. — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 19, 2018 If you don't Then you don't Love me at Deserve me at my my pic.twitter.com/lGQFHyimR0 — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 19, 2018 His meme tweet has gone viral since last night and everyone is loving it, including Gayle himself who is in awe of him. Yes! https://t.co/avqfCTHfEY — Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) April 19, 2018 Viru sure knows how to throw shade like no one does and people need to think twice before getting on his bad side.
  17. After being released by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Chris Gayle's career in the Indian Premier League (IPL) was treading on thin ice after he remained unsold twice during the high-profile players' auction earlier this year. But, at a time when almost every franchise chose not to bid for him, Gayle's IPL legacy was handed a lifeline after Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) bought him at his base price of Rs 2 crore - a bargain that would eventually run out to be an ace in the pack. Happy and excited to find suitors in Punjab, Gayle did everything that was expected of him to repay the faith of Punjab's team management and especially their mentor Virender Sehwag who was hellbent on signing the big Jamaican marauder. Shifting his base from Bangalore to Punjab, Gayle - through his animated Bhangra video - had assured everyone that he was ready to don the KXIP jersey ahead of this season. The only question which remained was whether he'll be as consistent with the willow as he was with his dance moves for his new franchise. #KingGayleð coming, India. #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #Kings A post shared by KingGayle ð (@chrisgayle333) on Mar 31, 2018 at 2:35pm PDT The first two games of Punjab couldn't answer that question, but when Gayle was handed his KXIP debut, the left-hander gave everyone a glimpse of what to expect from him this season. He began his journey with KXIP on the back of a blistering 33-ball 63 which eventually paved way for his side's four-wicket win over two-time champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK). But, Gayle wasn't done yet. In fact, the 38-year-old further improved his performance with a breath-taking 63-ball 104 which was decorated by eleven towering sixes and a four against in-form Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). It was his sixth IPL hundred - most by any batsman in India's cash-rich T20 tournament - and first this season. Here's to yet another Gaylestorm ð @henrygayle#LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #KingsXIPunjab #KXIP #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/sixUgw1pcd — Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 19, 2018 His blistering knock didn't just power Punjab to an imposing total of 193 runs, but eventually made all the difference as the visiting Hyderabad brigade fell short by 15 runs. Gayle's innings was a statement to his old franchise RCB and all those who believed the big West Indian was past prime. Thus, there couldn't have been a better way to celebrate such an important knock than by flaying Bhangra moves with KXIP's co-owner Preity Zinta. © BCCI As Punjab romped to their third win which also propelled them to the third spot in the points tally, Preity couldn't stop herself from unleashing the Bhangra moves with Gayle providing adequate support to the co-owner of his franchise. © BCCI With Gayle securing the third spot in the list of leading run-scorers this season, Punjab will once again count on their explosive opening batsman to get them over the line when they lock horns with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the hallowed Eden Gardens on 21st April.
  18. After slamming a match-winning 63 against Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Chris Gayle hammered his way to a blistering hundred in his second game of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 against Sunrisers Hyderabad to ensure Kings XI Punjab romped to a 15-run win and registered their third triumph this season. Coming into the game against Hyderabad, with all their bowlers possessing an economy rate of less than eight an over, and accounting 23 wickets between them, Kings XI Punjab undoubtedly had their work cut out. The big question was whether their power-packed top order was good enough to yield the kind of results that it is known for, especially against a quality bowling attack? And, as it turned out, with Gayle in their armoury, Punjab proved to be efficient enough to tilt the game in their favour. © BCCI The Jamaican marauder slammed a breath-taking 104 off 63 balls including 11 towering sixes and a four. But, don't let the number of sixes fool you. This wasn't a typical Gayle innings. Just like Virender Sehwag's ideology of 'I see the ball, I hit the ball', Gayle is more of an enforcer who definitely isn't famous for pacing his innings the way someone like Virat Kohli or AB de Villiers are. But, against Hyderabad, cricket fans got a rare glimpse of a potentially new-age Gayle - one who weighed his options, took calculated risks and paced his innings to perfection in order to aid his side. From start to finish, it was a Gayle innings that was a juxtaposition of his previous devastating ways. A total of 11 sixes in the innings would point towards a lot of destruction. But those were intermittent and part of an all-encompassing package - a 63-ball 104, which was also the slowest of his six IPL tons - that served more as a weapon made for disintegration rather than demolition. © BCCI His knock meant that Punjab, in their own backyard and with the crowd on their side, managed to post an imposing total of 193 runs. And, a brace from Andrew Tye and Mohit Sharma meant that Hyderabad - despite fifties from Kane Williamson and Manish Pandey - fell short by 15 runs in the end. In the overall analysis of the game, there is little doubt that Gayle reigned supreme. For a man who was released by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) owing to inconsistent form ahead of the IPL 2018 auction, Gayle seems to be making a statement while hammering opposition bowlers for Punjab this season. And, with Punjab securing a well-fought win, the Indian cricket fans wasted no time in poking fun at Kohli-led RCB for their rare error in judgement to let go of Gayle. Every Single Run taken by @henrygayle will Hurt #RCB owners or Selectors alot.... Aged Lion was Better.... Well done Team #KXIP.... Well Done #Gayle.... As of 1st Innings this match belongs to @virendersehwag @realpreityzinta Mighty Kings....#KXIPvSRH — Rohit Jaiswal (@rohitjswl01) 19 April 2018 Every guy out of RCB starting to perform.#Rahul #Gayle #Watson — Nikhil ð (@CricCrazyNIKS) 19 April 2018 Meanwhile #RCB Reaction After Watching Chris Gayle ððð #KXIPvSRH pic.twitter.com/F24pS3vJj8 — Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirrrJadeja) 19 April 2018 Chris Gayle to IPL franchise owners who kept him Un-Sold in IPL auction 2018.#KXIPvSRH pic.twitter.com/Gop8yMIYdj — PhD in Bakchodi (@Atheist_Krishna) 19 April 2018 Doesn't matter whether #RCB play or not...They get troll anyways :D #Gayle#KXIPvSRH pic.twitter.com/PeeCdy0ryN — Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@Ansh_MSDian) 19 April 2018 Only Person More Sad Than Rashid Khan Would Be Virat Kohli For Retaining Sarfaraz Khan Instead Of Universe Boss Chris Gayle. #KXIPvSRH #KXIPvsSRH #SRHvKXIP — Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) 19 April 2018 #Gayle strike rate in powerplay in 2017 - 105. Gayle strike rate in powerplay in 2018 - 189 And #RCB did not retain him even after seeing his form in the PSL and ICC World Cup Qualifiers ð­#KXIPvSRH — Sparsh Telang (@SparshTelang) 19 April 2018 This #RCB released #Gayle & retained #SarfrazKhan ! Yenna oru decision ð Shows d quality of this management ! Look wat he is doing now for #KXIP ! — RajĸυмaÑ ♥ (@Rajj8990) 19 April 2018 On seeing the perfomance of the bigman, christopher henry #gayle ðð#KXIPvSRH pic.twitter.com/j9Fa8xYWrd — NaVeeN (@beingnaveen27) 19 April 2018 Kohli watching Gayle in this season #KXIPvSRH #Gayle pic.twitter.com/HvWv8pnmSq — A Shock Dinda âï¸ (@shockeddinda) 19 April 2018 #RCB team & fans after watching #Gayle performance this season.. #KXIPvSRH #SRHvsKXIP pic.twitter.com/ssT81R4qYu — Sumit kadel (@SumitkadeI) 19 April 2018
  19. After getting limited opportunities last season, Chris Gayle's inconsistent run eventually saw him getting released by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) ahead of the Indian Premier league (IPL) auction in February this year. And, for a man who went unsold twice during the players' auction, the Jamaican marauder must have breathed a sigh of relief after eventually being bought by Kings XI Punjab for Rs 2 crore. And, as it turned out, RCB's loss is undoubtedly proving to be Kings XI Punjab's gain this season. The left-hander, who was handed his Punjab debut in their third game, made an immediate impact at the top while opening the batting alongside KL Rahul. The 'Universe Boss' looked impressive in his 33-ball 63 which paved way for Punjab's four-run win over Chennai Super Kings (CSK). BCCI But, Gayle had probably saved his best for Sunrisers Hyderabad whose bowling unit was seen ducking for cover after being shredded into pieces by the big West Indian. The 38-year-old hammered his way to an unbeaten 104 runs including eleven towering sixes and a four to propel his side to an imposing total of 193 runs. Such was Gayle's exhibition of power-hitting that the world's top-ranked T20I bowler Rashid Khan ended up cutting a sorry figure in the 14th over. After Karun Nair rotated the strike on the first ball, there was no hiding for Hyderabad's spin wizard. Gayle smashed Rashid for four consecutive sixes to send the jam-packed Mohali stadium into delirium. How good has @henrygayle been tonight? He brings up his 6th IPL ð¯ #UniverseBoss pic.twitter.com/jtVcz1IiZk — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 19, 2018 Gayle reached the three-figure mark in 58 deliveries after forcing a single off Siddarth Kaul in the 19th over. It was his sixth IPL hundred and 21st in T20s overall. In the process, Gayle also became the first batsman to score a hundred in the IPL this season. Well, we reckon Virat Kohli-led RCB, who are struggling to find momentum this season, will undoubtedly be missing him now. Here's a look at the social media reactions on the epic Gayle-storm that engulfed the Mohali stadium: Universe Boss @henrygayle going absolutely berserk... #ipl ð¥ð¥ð¥ — Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 19, 2018 Hundred for Chris Gayle!#KXIPvSRH #IPL2018 pic.twitter.com/3fM5rH49yC — RVCJ Media (@RVCJ_FB) April 19, 2018 @henrygayle Universe Boss! Legend! — Brendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) April 19, 2018 The universe boss smashes the first century of #IPL2018! Congratulations @henrygayle ð pic.twitter.com/mjxDBBGVrK — ICC (@ICC) April 19, 2018 Yeaaaahhhh boy @henrygayle ð¯ ðð¥ð¥ð¥ — Danielle Wyatt (@Danni_Wyatt) April 19, 2018 Meanwhile #RCB Reaction After Watching Chris Gayle ððð #KXIPvSRH pic.twitter.com/F24pS3vJj8 — Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirrrJadeja) April 19, 2018 Gayle storm it is, never seen Rashid Khan been clobbered like this. Chris Gayle is a man on a mission. Delight to watch this @lionsdenkxip #KXIPvSRH — Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) April 19, 2018 Chris Gayle has scored 10 or more sixes in a T20 innings SIXTEEN times. No other player has done it more than twice! McCullum, Russell, Lewis and Shanaka have done it two times. #UniversalBoss — Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) April 19, 2018 Only Person More Sad Than Rashid Khan Would Be Virat Kohli For Retaining Sarfaraz Khan Instead Of Universe Boss Chris Gayle. #KXIPvSRH #KXIPvsSRH #SRHvKXIP — Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) April 19, 2018 The game is so much more fun when @henrygayle is in and firing. Maybe you should pick him late everytime....... — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 19, 2018 Most 100s in T20 cricket: 21 Chris Gayle next best: 7 Brendon McCullum/Luke Wright/Michael Klinger#KXIPvSRH#IPL#IPL2018 — Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) April 19, 2018 WHAT A KNOCK @henrygayle 𥠗 Jason Roy (@JasonRoy20) April 19, 2018 Chris Gayle to IPL franchise owners who kept him Un-Sold in IPL auction 2018.#KXIPvSRH pic.twitter.com/Gop8yMIYdj — PhD in Bakchodi (@Atheist_Krishna) April 19, 2018
  20. Dance like no one's watching?Universe Boss? Chris Gayle loves to party, maybe just as much as he loves to hit bowlers all around the park. The destructive West Indian batsman recently posted a video of him performing a ?Bhangra? to the hit...
  21. Chris Gayle powers one down the ground, UAE v West Indies, World Cup Qualifiers, Harare, March 6, 2018/IDI/Getty Images HARARE: Chris Gayle hammered his 23rd one-day international hundred to lead the West Indies to victory in their opening World Cup qualifier against the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, while Afghanistan collapsed to defeat by Zimbabwe. Windies opening batsman Gayle struck 11 sixes in a blistering 91-ball 123 in Harare as the two-time World Cup winners racked up 357-4 in their Group A clash, with the UAE falling 60 runs short. Afghanistan´s hopes of taking one of the last two places for next year´s tournament in England and Wales are hanging by a thread, after following Sunday´s shock loss to Scotland with an agonising two-run defeat by the hosts. "The batsman played some irresponsible shots, because of which we lost the match," said stand-in Afghanistan skipper Rashid Khan. "Lots of things to learn from it and hopefully in upcoming matches we will not repeat the mistakes. "It is part of cricket and it happens. These are the things that we learnt and hopefully will not repeat in the future." Elsewhere, Ireland and Scotland both made it two wins from two by seeing off Papua New Guinea and Hong Kong respectively. The 38-year-old Gayle became only the third batsman in ODI history after Hashim Amla and Sachin Tendulkar to score hundreds against 11 different countries. After captain Jason Holder elected to bat first, Gayle quickly got into his stride alongside big-hitting youngster Evin Lewis in an opening partnership of 88. Lewis fell for 31, but Shimron Hetmyer outdid even Gayle, plundering 127 to score his maiden international ton. The UAE, who had beaten Papua New Guinea in their opening match, never threatened a famous run chase after slipping to 69-3, but an excellent unbeaten 112 from Rameez Shahzad carried them to a respectable 297-6. Windies skipper Holder ensured his side got off to a winning start, taking 5-53 after fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell´s day was cut short by injury. Afghanistan dream in tatters Afghanistan came into the qualifiers as favourites to qualify alongside the West Indies, but will now probably need five consecutive wins to have any chance of reaching a second straight World Cup. With the defeats against Scotland and Zimbabwe set to count in the Super Six stage, should Afghanistan get there, their chances are all but over. Rashid Khan caught Tendai Chatara short of his ground, Zimbabwe v Afghanistan, Bulawayo, March 6, 2018/IDI/Getty Khan and co put in a much-improved display with the ball as they limited Zimbabwe to 196 all out in Bulawayo. Teenage stand-in captain Khan took 3-38 to reach 90 wickets in ODIs, while 16-year-old fellow leg-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman finished with 3-49. But Brendan Taylor´s 89 and 60 from Sikandar Raza proved crucial as Zimbabwe won in dramatic fashion. At 156-3 with almost 17 overs remaining, Afghanistan were cruising to victory, but the pressure proved too much as they lost six wickets for only 21 runs. Last-wicket pair Dawlat Zadran and Shapoor Zadran dragged the Asian outfit to within four runs of their target heading into the final over, but the latter was caught behind off Brian Vitori to secure Zimbabwe´s second win. Ireland and Scotland look set to challenge the West Indies and Zimbabwe for qualification, after both moved to the top of their groups. Captain William Porterfield´s 111 steered Ireland to a four-wicket win over Papua New Guinea, who had managed 235 thanks to a stunning 151 from opener Tony Ura. Scotland survived a middle-order collapse to successfully chase down 92 to beat Hong Kong, with skipper Kyle Coetzer making 41 not out.
  22. Ever since making his debut in 2016, Yuzvendra Chahal has become one of India's premier spinners in limited-overs cricket. Bowling in tandem with Kuldeep Yadav, Chahal's attacking leg-spin has pretty much restricted experienced campaigners like Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja to the longest version of the game. And, just like his devious deliveries, Chahal is also lethal with his witty one-liners on social media. While his teammates are busy trying to improve their Test record in South Africa, the skinny bowler is training in Bangalore to prepare for the limited-overs series against the Proteas. Make each day count. Get better everyday #newyear #newgoals A post shared by Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal23) on Jan 5, 2018 at 11:20pm PST The leg-spinner was working out in the gym when he shared a short video of his routine on Instagram. "Make each day count. Get better everyday," Chahal captioned the post. Soon after his post, South African spinner and Chahal's RCB teammate Tabraiz Shamsi couldn't help but comment on the video. "Oh my gosh! Is thisn @yuzi_chahal23 or @chrisgayle333??," Shamsi commented on Chahal's video. In reply, Chahal wrote: "I lift heavier than @chrisgayle333. This is my warm up set @shamsi90". And, then, even the 'Universe Boss' Chris Gayle couldn't stay silent before coming up with a funny reply that read: "Wtf. Kill me". © twitter After Gayle and Shamsi, Team India's fielding coach Ramakrishnan Sridhar also joined the conversation and said: "The dumbbells seem too light for your strength!! Add a few kgs mate". Playing 13 matches for RCB last season, Chahal emerged as the second-highest wicket-taker for his team with 21 scalps to his name. However, despite his impressive outing in 2016, Chahal was not retained by RCB during the recently-concluded IPL 2018 Retentions. The Bangalore franchise retained Virat Kohli for a whopping Rs 17 crore - making him the highest-paid cricketer in IPL history, AB de Villiers for Rs 11 crore and the young Sarfaraz Khan for Rs 1.75 crore.
  23. CHRISTCHURCH: The West Indies will be without talisman Chris Gayle for the second one-day international against New Zealand in Christchurch on Saturday. Gayle has failed to recover from illness and has been replaced by Kyle Hope, captain Jason Holder said as he won the toss and elected to bowl. But Gayle´s absence had no bearing on Holder´s decision. "We fancy ourselves chasing," he said, with the West Indies needing to win to keep the three-match series alive after New Zealand won the first match by five wickets. "The wicket seems a good one and hopefully won´t change much and we can hold New Zealand to a reasonable total and chase it down," he added. The only other change for the West Indies sees Sheldon Cottrell in for Kesrick Williams. Tom Latham takes over as captain for New Zealand who are resting regular skipper Kane Williamson and strike bowler Tim Southee. Neil Broom comes into the New Zealand side for Williamson with Matt Henry replacing Southee. New Zealand have won all six ODIs they have played previously on Christchurch´s Hagley Oval. Teams: New Zealand: George Worker, Colin Munro, Neil Broom, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (capt), Henry Nicholls, Todd Astle, Doug Bracewell, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Trent Boult West Indies: Kyle Hope, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Mohammed, Jason Holder (capt), Rovman Powell, Ashley Nurse, Ronsford Beaton, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel.
  24. Chris Gayle denied the allegations, saying the journalists behind the story wanted to "destroy him" SYDNEY: West Indies cricket star Chris Gayle Monday won a defamation case against an Australian media group which claimed he exposed himself to a massage therapist. The lurid accusations were made by Fairfax Media newspapers The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Canberra Times in a series of stories in January last year. They claimed the all-rounder exposed himself to team masseuse Leanne Russell in a dressing room at the 2015 World Cup in Sydney and "indecently propositioned" her. Gayle denied the allegations, saying the journalists behind the story wanted to "destroy him". His teammate Dwayne Smith, who was in the changing room at the time, also denied the incident took place. A NSW Supreme Court jury ruled in Gayle´s favour, finding Fairfax was motivated by malice. The media group had defended the articles on the basis the allegations were substantially true and in the public interest. "At the end of the day I´m very, very happy," Gayle said after the verdict, according to the Herald, adding that coming to court had been "very emotional". "I´m a good man. I´m not guilty," he said. The publication of the stories followed an uproar after Gayle attempted to flirt with an Australian presenter on live TV, asking her out for a drink and telling her: "Don´t blush, baby." During the week-long hearing, a tearful Russell stood by the allegations, saying she had gone to the room looking for a towel and came across Gayle. Gayle´s close friend Donovan Miller told the hearing that since the allegations the West Indian had become "scared, especially (around) females and he always feels someone is out to get him". A hearing on damages will be held at a later date.
  25. Chris Gayle was in a hard-hitting mood at Chester-le-Street, England v West Indies, only T20I, September 16, 2017/Getty Images MANCHESTER: West Indies captain Jason Holder has backed the returning Chris Gayle to make a big impact in the one-day international series against England starting this week. Tuesday´s fixture at Old Trafford, the first of a five-match ODI series, is set to be powerhouse opening batsman Gayle´s first at this level since the 2015 World Cup -- where he made the first double century in the competition´s history, smashing a blistering 215 against Zimbabwe in Canberra. A protracted dispute with Cricket West Indies chiefs kept the 37-year-old Jamaica left-hander on the sidelines of the international game for more than two years. But he returned to Twenty20 international action on his home ground of Sabina Park, Kingston, in July. And he showed he had lost none of his ability to score rapidly with a blazing 40 off 21 balls as World Twenty20 champions West Indies beat England by 21 runs in the lone Twenty20 of their tour at Chester-le-Street on Saturday. Gayle has scored more than 9,000 runs, including 22 hundreds, in 269 ODIs at a strike rate of 85.11. Holder welcomed his impending return to the ODI format by telling reporters at Old Trafford on Monday: "It´s obviously a huge boost. The calibre of player Chris is, you can expect really good things from him." "He showed some form in the T20 game and had some good form in our CPL (Caribbean Premier League) competition recently concluded," the all-rounder added. "I´m really looking forward to having him back. He seems up for the challenge, he seems upbeat and really happy to be back. I´m looking forward to good things from Chris." T20 win Holder, not in the Twenty20 squad after leading West Indies in a 2-1 Test series loss to England earlier in the tour, said his side could take some confidence from a win at Chester-le-Street, where they overcame cold and wet conditions to record a convincing victory over England in a repeat of last year´s World Twenty20 final in Kolkata. "That (Saturday´s) result should give is a bit of momentum, albeit a T20 game," said Holder. "We are professional athletes, we know what to expect here in English conditions. A few of the guys have played here before, a few played the T20 game coming into this one." WI overcame cold and wet conditions to record a convincing victory over England in the only T20 The Barbados all-rounder added: "From all reports it was difficult in Durham with the wet outfield but it´s something we´ve grown to expect and you´ve just got to adapt and adjust to it." West Indies will need to win the upcoming series either 5-0 or 4-0 with a tie or a no-result if they are to gain direct entry into the 2019 World Cup in England. A failure to do so would mean West Indies, the 1975 and 1979 World Cup winners, cannot overtake Sri Lanka, currently eighth in the ODI rankings. Only the top seven sides, apart from hosts England, currently fourth, as of September 30 will qualify directly for the 50-over showpiece event in 2019. Teams that do not gain direct entry will get another shot through a qualifying tournament. "The guys are up for the challenge. We´ve obviously got some new faces coming back into the side and it´s exciting times for our cricket," said Holder. "We are still at a stage where we are looking to rebuild and hopefully these guys coming back can bring a lot of experience and expertise to what we are doing."
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