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'We Back Gayle To Deliver At T20 World Cup', Says Windies Skipper Kieron Pollard

Chris Gayle has joined the West Indies for their title defence in the Twenty20 World Cup and skipper Kieron Pollard backs the big-hitter to come good in the United Arab Emirates. The self-styled "Univ

By AFP News October 16, 2021 • 23:10 PM View: 1026

Chris Gayle has joined the West Indies for their title defence in the Twenty20 World Cup and skipper Kieron Pollard backs the big-hitter to come good in the United Arab Emirates.

The self-styled "Universe Boss" left the Indian Premier League in the UAE due to "bubble fatigue" after months of franchise and international cricket during the coronavirus pandemic.

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"Living in bubbles is difficult. If a guy who enjoys himself in any situation can't take it, it shows how difficult it can be for some of us," said Pollard. "We are backing him to do well."

The 42-year-old Gayle will be among the oldest players in the competition when West Indies begin their campaign against England on October 23 in the Super 12 stage. He is just 97 runs away from overtaking Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene (1,016) as the highest run-getter in T20's showpiece event.

But Pollard insists Gayle is not after records but winning games and titles for the team. "No words to describe what he has done. The guy with the most amount of runs, most amount of sixes," said Pollard.

"The fear that he instills in bowlers when he is standing at the opposite end. The main goal for us and for him in conversation is trying to win a World Cup and defend the title. He is looking forward to that."


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