Why Gayle was ‘more angry than nervous’ before Super Over

Gayle along with Mayank Agarwal helped KXIP chase down the target in the second Super Over © BCCI/IPL

Chris Gayle might have won the game for Kings XI Punjab in the second Super Over, but he wasn’t nervous before going out to bat. He was instead “angry and upset” that KXIP found themselves in a position they have known too well this season. Luckily, his side finished on the winning side this time and all it took was a couple of Super Overs.

Behind the tied first Super Over was Mohammed Shami, who wanted to “nail six yorkers” according to KL Rahul and ended up conceding only 5/1. His feat forced a second Super Over, which KXIP would go on to win for their third victory this season.

“No I wasn’t nervous (laughs). I was a bit more angry and upset that we got ourselves in this position,” Gayle told Mayank Agarwal on IPLT20.com. “But it’s a game of cricket and these things do happen.

“Shami is the man of the match for me,” Gayle continued. “To defend six runs against Rohit and de Kock, that’s fantastic. That’s a great job. I have faced you in the nets and I know that you can nail those yorkers, and nail them well. Today he came and delivered and brought it home for us.”

Shami revealed how we was able to nail yorker after yorker in such a tense situation; the trick was to not think too much and not too far ahead.

“It was very difficult,” Shami said. “When you get 15-17 runs to defend in the Super Over, it’s a different matter altogether. You believe at the back of your mind that you can do it. But when the margin of error is so less, you focus on what you can do best. I believe a lot in my yorkers… I don’t know what people think. When I was going back to the top of my mark every ball, I was saying to myself, ‘This last ball was great. The next ball will be great too’. I repeated that six times.”

Chris Jordan, who bowled the second Super Over and kept the opponent down to 11 runs, was full of praise for Mohammed Shami for giving away just five runs in the first to tie the game.

“The way we bowled those two super overs, shows the team’s character. The way Shami bowled that over to defend 6 runs, that effort was tremendous,” Jordan said in the press conference. “The energy in our team is unbelievable. We have some tremendous players in our team. And we still have Maxwell to come off, that’s very encouraging. It was a team effort today. Young Arshdeep has been bowling well for us since he has come into the team. He probably missed the yorker by a few inches, but the strength and class of Pollard came through on those occasions. It’s an area we can improve.”

Jordan also said that Gayle has made a substantial impact since he has returned to the side. The experienced campaigner compiled a crucial fifty against Royal Challengers Bangalore and followed it up by guiding Punjab home in the second Super Over. “You see the impact legend Chris Gayle has made in the last two games. Having not played for a while, and to score a half-century and then finish off the game in the super over today for us, it’s been tremendous.”


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