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Captain Pollard Defends Gayle’s Pick

Although Christopher ‘Universe Boss’ Gayle has taken a lot of flak for his utterances in the press recently and unending criticisms for selection to the Windies T20 World Cup team, captain Pollard is backing the ‘Universe Boss” to do well in the World Cup.

That said, Gayle’s paltry returns with the bat over the past year or more have not done justice to his knocks in his earlier career days.

In his last 16 games, the player has only managed 227 runs at an average of 17.46.

The ace Windies batting star is 97 runs away from scoring the most runs in T20 World Cup history. 

Based on the player’s most recent run of form, one could easily question him achieving that goal, but then again one is talking about T20 cricket, and anything could happen.

Captain Pollard has the confidence that Gayle will make a meaningful contribution to the team.

“Again, no words to describe what he has done for us in World Cups, in the T20 World Cups, and T20 cricket around the world as an individual,” Pollard said during an interview with team captains’ on Saturday in Dubai.

“For him, 97 runs away, but I don’t think he will be looking at that. I think the main goal for us and him, is trying to win a World Cup and defend the title. He is looking forward to that. Hopefully, he can come and deliver for us. We back him to do well,” he added.

In an earlier report, vice-captain Nicholas Pooran heaped praises on Chris Gayle, insisting the veteran remains a valuable part of the team ahead of its attempted World Cup title defense.

“As much as everyone has questioned it, 14,000 runs doesn’t come about just like that.  Not many people know how to win T20 matches and T20 leagues and that sort of experience is invaluable,” Pooran told members of the media.

“The experience batting out in the middle, talking about intent, talking about taking on players when to go when not to go, you just don’t get experience like that,” he added.

“We are very happy to have him, even off the pitch he is someone who supports you 100 percent, someone who backs you 100 percent.  You talk about positivity, he is one of the most positive guys we have on the team, in the Caribbean.”

Pooran further said, “He’s a special human being.  Only when you play cricket with him or against him you’d know what it feels like to have him around.”

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Edited by Jesus Chan

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