April 24, 2013
It took just over an hour of batting for Chris Gayle to re-write the record books yesterday. Gayle playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore scored the fastest ever century in all cricket, as he inflicted a brutal attack on a sorry looking Pune Warriors in finishing 175* from just 66 balls. Yes, the Chinnaswamy Stadium is a small ground, and yes the Warriors attack was lacking world class bowlers, but this was striking like we have never seen before. I was left breathless watching on TV, imagine how much fun it would have been at the ground.
Will we ever see the likes again?
I’ve seen plenty of text in several places saying that we will never see hitting like that again. I think that whilst this is an easy win comment right now, it is also slightly naive. Chris Gayle will have another decade of IPL cricket in him. He reached his century from just 30 balls yesterday and had he maintained such a rate he would have made 200. Without saying he will do this, it has to be a possibility. The other thing to remember is that Twenty20 is still a baby within the history of cricket. The biggest hitter of all time will unlikely stem from this generation. People, technology, and the game itself have and will continue to develop through history. Gayle is just setting the trend but what a trend setter. Let’s not forget he also has two Test match triple centuries to his name.
Australia have today announced their squad for the Ashes. The big news is that we have seen a return of a couple of experienced cricketers to the ranks. No, not Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath, but Brad Haddin returns as vice-captain (how that’s possible I’m not sure) and the experienced one Test wonder Chris Rogers is also back in the squad. Despite being hugely un-Australian type selections these two cricketers will add value and experience to a group in need of these qualities. Despite this, if England can avoid complacency which they weren’t able to do against New Zealand, then we can expect a favourable result for the Three Lions. Some slight disappointment for England fans is that Mitchell Johnson will not be with us. After 4-5 pints he usually becomes the source of great entertainment within the grounds.
Middlesex on the march
On the County scene, it has been a flying start to the year by Middlesex, and they will start to think that maybe this could be their year. Despite the fact Middlesex will lose Rogers to Australia, they still have the likes of Eoin Morgan to come back in, and have players such as Adam London, Adam Rossington, Paul Stirling scoring big runs in the 2’s. You would think they would pick up enough wickets with the battery of seamers at their disposal, but one thing that might prevent the North London club topping the table is a hot summer where playing and bowling spin will come into closer focus.
Chris Murtagh 24/04/13