It was the 20th century for Gayle in the T20 format. But it was not an easy one as Gayle informed, “Especially in a very important game like a final, I look to bat 15 overs. The bowlers will tend to be more tentative in the back-end; you will get more loose balls. It is really what I do – try to bat as deep as possible.” Despite not getting off to a good start in BPL 5, Gayle got back to his scoring groove when it mattered the most, smashing two explosive centuries in the space of only five days. “I got some starts earlier, but didn’t really capitalise on it. I was getting back into the groove, and it is all about clicking in the right moment in a T20 tournament. The guys came into form when it actually mattered. Mash (Mashrafe bin Mortaza) handled this team well. The bowlers did a fantastic job, and the boys were hungry for it,” explained Gayle.
Lets get this out the way before the celebrations derail any sensible message. @henrygayle you are an absolute legend! Best seat in the house today. Rangpur Rider boys, we did it the hard way, but got the chocolates. Respect for all the squad. Winning titles is never easy, beers!— Brendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) December 12, 2017
“Mash is a great captain. He has a lot of experience behind him. He is a cool guy; he will talk some crazy stuff and make you relax. It is always good to be led by Mash. He doesn’t give up till the end. He is a good listener as well. The respect from him was good as well. We had [Brendon] McCullum around as well,” said Gayle. “When we arrived in Bangladesh, everyone was so excited to see Gayle and McCullum. It didn’t happen early on in the tournament, but I am glad it happened when it mattered. The fans were looking forward to it. It is about not trying to outdo each other. The communication and understanding was very good,” he added.
BPL final was @henrygayle show! Historic innings, treat to watch. Thank you Dhaka and Bangladesh for your love and support, memorable well organized tournament ???— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) December 12, 2017