The Daily Star – Bangladesh – If one were to sit down and pen a T20 world eleven, it is a safe bet that the two names selected to open the innings in most people’s judgement would be the current opening pair of the Mashrafe Bin Mortaza-led Rangpur Riders.
- West Indies’ Chris Gayle is far and away the greatest player to weaponise a cricket bat in the shortest format and slightly behind him in terms of explosiveness and fear-inducing ability is former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum, his opening partner when Rangpur take on Comilla Victorians in today’s second Bangladesh Premier League match.
- “We know how destructive BM [Brendon McCullum] is; it is a privilege to open the batting with him again,” the tall Jamaican said during Rangpur’s training session at the BCB Academy ground in Mirpur yesterday.
- He also has a belief-defying 30-ball hundred — the fastest in T20 cricket — for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2013, an innings that bloomed into an unbeaten 175, the highest score in the format.
- Gayle explained the philosophy behind his cricket, which as far as the style of play is concerned, could well be McCullum’s credo too.
- In a tournament that has not seen the best of cricket so far with one-sided matches and pitches not conducive to big hitting being the trend, a Gayle or McCullum special will do the trick.