Chris Gayle enjoying life with Somerset
Chris Gayle is finding the time that he is spending with Somerset very much to his liking.
The cricketing superstar who smashed his way to a new Somerset T20 record of 151 not out with 15 maximums on Sunday was at the County Ground this morning talking about how things had gone since he joined up with his team mates just five days ago.
Since then the ‘world boss’ has played two NatWest T20 Blast matches for Somerset and last night he travelled down to South Devon CC in Newton Abbot where Pete Trego was playing a benefit match much to the enjoyment of all the cricket fans who turned up.
“I am making the most of my time here in Somerset. I have only got a short stay and I am making the most of the life here both on and off the cricket field as well, so people can see the real side of me. I want to rub shoulders with people off the field as well and the reception that I have been given since I have been here has been just fantastic and I have enjoyed each and every moment of it.”
Chris went on: “Playing here in Somerset is totally different to the IPL. In India they love their cricket but sometimes there are a lot of restrictions after the game to go places and you don’t get the sort of freedom. But here it’s different so you try to make the most of that freedom and it kind of clears your mind as well. It’s fantastic to clear your mind and have fun and that’s the way that I am.”
Does he feel any pressure when he goes out to bat with all of the expectation that is on him to deliver? “Sometimes it does cross my mind to be honest,” he said. “But I try to get at least one run which is better than none. I am sure that the fans will understand if you don’t get any runs because its part of the game, so when you do get the chance to get runs I try to make it big so everyone can be happy at the end of the day.”
Even though Chris scored 151*, Somerset lost to Kent so what do they need to do to beat Hampshire on Friday night? “We need to bring our all round game back up to par,” he said. If we can do well with the ball and with the bat then we can win a lot of games. We have got a great bunch of guys here and have got a good all round team. We need to put it into perspective and execute it out in the middle and that’s about it. We will have to see what happens against Hampshire on Friday.”
Chris first played at the County Ground for West Indies A back in 2002 in a match that was tied in which Pete Trego hit his career best of 140 about which he said,” Pete brought me home from his benefit last night and we were chatting about his innings in the car. I mentioned that I was the guy who bowled the last over in that game and it ended in a tie and the other batsman (Graham Rose) tried to sweep and was caught on the boundary.”
Chris added: “Pete had smashed it all over the park and told me that he wasn’t supposed to bat as high as he did in the second innings but Tregs convinced the coach that he should and went and scored a 100 which was fantastic.”