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I never felt so much pressure: Chris Gayle

I never felt so much pressure: Chris Gayle
“I got a bit of cramp and I was feeling a bit tired,” said Gayle, fortunate to be given not out after a close lbw appeal in the first ball he faced. “I didn’t want to be out with the first ball, I said ‘you can’t be serious?’ I was under pressure to score runs, and I kept getting messages from Twitter and on my cell phone from fans. I have never known so many people wanting Chris Gayle to do so well,” added the southpaw.

Gayle’s record-shattering innings came just days after he was inadvertently caught up in an embarrassing Twitter gaffe by West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron, who retweeted a post from a spectator calling for the batsman to be pensioned off. “I have never felt this kind of pressure, but in the end, I am sure I gave them something to talk about. A lot of time people don’t know what you are going through as I had some issues with injuries. I am also not getting any younger so age is definitely catching up on me,” said Gayle.  

“Ever since Rohit got two, I have been hounded to get one as well,” smiled Gayle, who also took two wickets with his gentle off-spin when Zimbabwe batted. After collecting the man-of-the-match award, Gayle said it was key his side now focussed on Friday’s crucial clash against South Africa in Sydney.

“It was a fantastic day from a personal point of view, but now we have another tough game coming up against South Africa who have just beaten us 4-1 so we’ll be concentrating on that,” he added.
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