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Gayle cries victimisation over dropping Bravo, Pollard

Cricketer Chris Gayle has accused the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) of victimisation after key all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard were left out of the country’s World Cup squad.

The powerful left-handed opener was left flabbergasted by the axing of the pair, which he feels has little to do with their performance on the pitch.

Bravo, who was captain of the team, and Pollard were seen as leading the player revolt in India that forced the abandonment of the West Indies tour to the country last October after a pay dispute with the WICB.

“There’s no way you can tell me those guys shouldn’t be in the team,” Gayle told reporters. “For me it’s got to be victimisation towards those two guys. Come on guys, it’s just ridiculous. Honestly, it choked me up.”

The players had been told they would be left out of the World Cup team as the country was building a team for the future, though, as Gayle points out, the timing is odd going into a major tournament.

Batting and bowling weakened
“Bravo said to me the team they selected is to build for the next World Cup, which I can’t understand,” he said. “What they’re telling us then, is this team selected is not going there to win the World Cup.

“Building for the next World Cup is ridiculous. I cannot understand what Bravo told me.”

Gayle added the team would be weakened by the loss of the pair both in the batting and bowling departments.

“I don’t know where our cricket is heading with this sort of situation. It’s really sad,” Gayle said.

The duo have helped West Indies win the Twenty20 series in South Africa where they lead 2-0 going into Wednesday’s final match in Durban.

Gayle-force win
In the wake of their second consecutive loss to a Gayle-fuelled West Indies T20 team at the Wanderers on Sunday, Proteas captain Faf du Plessis lauded the efforts of the talismanic left-hander.

“It’s very hard to contain Chris Gayle when he’s playing like that,” said Du Plessis after his side went 2-0 down in the three-match T20I series.

“He’s just a cut above the rest. The other guys are dangerous players, but without him they’d be a normal team. He makes them a superhuman team.”

The Proteas were unable to defend their total of 231 for seven in their allotted 20 overs, as Gayle blasted 90 from 41 balls helping the West Indies achieved the highest successful run chase in T20 international cricket.

Earlier, Du Plessis had notched up the highest score by a South African in the format, with 119 from 56 balls, as the hosts posted a formidable total.

The 30-year-old, however, said he always knew the West Indies would produce a strong reply.

“I told the guys that they were going to get close to this score. It’s just the batting line-up they have and the way they set up their innings. With a score like that, they will pretty much hit from ball one and they have the hitting ability to do that. They blasted us once again on a good wicket.”

Du Plessis, missing out to Gayle for the man-of-the-match award, said his century in a losing cause was not what he had envisioned.

“I joked that it’s heartbreaking when you score your first T20 hundred and you don’t even get a crack at the man of the match. It would’ve been so much sweeter if we won the game. Although I’m very proud of my efforts today, losing the game makes it bittersweet.”

Abbot record
Bowler Kyle Abbott notched up an unenviable record on the night – the most runs conceded by a bowler in T20Is with his 1/68 off four overs.

However, his captain said he should not read too much into being the target of the West Indian assault.

“It’s never nice to go for a lot runs but, as a bowler, Abbott understands T20 cricket is there for the bowler to get a beating. He will be disappointed in his performance tonight, but it’s the name of the game.

India vs West Indies 2014: Would Chris Gayle have had a huge impact in the series?

West Indies will take on India in a five-match One-Day International (ODI) series in India. The West Indies will not have the services of star batsman Chris Gayle in the one-day series. Indrajit Dutta looks at how serious Gayle’s absence could be for the West Indian side.

No Chris Gayle in the side— potentially a very deflating prospect. Gayle’s reputation as a fearsome batsman precedes him, but the last time he played a complete ODI series in India was way back in 2007. In addition to this, Gayle’s form in the recent past has been nothing to write home about. The question that arises then is whether this explosive West Indian line-up would miss him.

In the 2002 seven-match ODI series between India and West Indies, the flamboyant left-handed opening batsman had an excellent tournament as he hammered two hundreds in seven games. His 140 at Ahmedabad, when India chased 325, remains memorable. His form was one of the reasons why the West Indies beat India 4-3 in that particular series. In the last two or three years, however, Chris Gayle has not been in the form of his life in international cricket. Although he remains as belligerent as ever the form that turned him into the one of the most explosive batsman in world cricket has eluded him.

To add to this the West Indian squad that has been selected is packed with batsmen who can destroy bowling attacks and play a well-crafted one day-knock. On the one hand, there are the likes of the destructive Kieron Pollard, the inimitable Dwayne Bravo, and the explosive Dwayne Smith, while other hand they have the elegant Darren Bravo, the crafty Lendl Simmons and the experienced and astute Marlon Samuels. Even Darren Sammy and Andre Russell can use the long handle effectively. On the face of it, it appears that they have enough ammunition to ensure that Gayle’s absence will not impact them. The one problem that, however, has continued to dog the West Indies for some time now is inconsistency. In the last series in India in 2013 they lost the one-day series 2-1.

While Gayle’s absence is no doubt good news for any bowling side, the last time West Indies toured India — in 2013 — Gayle did not do anything substantial, his highest score being 32. Interestingly it was Bhuvneshwar Kumar who scalped him four times out of four in the two-test series. Bhuvneshwar finds a place in the Indian squad which will take on the West Indies this time. Whether or not Bhuvneshwar would have the same impact against Gayle in the one-day series is a matter of conjecture, but it cannot be denied that Gayle was far from convincing when facing Bhuvneshwar last time.

In the recently contested one-day series against Bangladesh, Gayle did reasonably well with three half-centuries with a best of 64. While a hundred eluded him, he perhaps would have been disappointed. The Indians are a much stronger side than Bangladesh and going into this series, bigger scores would have been to his benefit. However as luck would have it, injury has ruled Gayle out. While the West Indies would no doubt be better off with him in the side, they appear to have enough ammunition to combat his absence. One thing is for sure; the Indian crowds will be poorer without Chris Gayle.