Chris Gale he may be in the last stages of his career, but his pulsating efforts and celebrations on the field are not subject to his age. One of the deadliest opening devices in the game’s shorter format, the 41-year-old drew attention with his antics during the fourth T20 International against South Africa.
After showing the exit door to South African opener Riza Hendrix, Gail decided to imitate Kevin Sinclair when he stormed a wheel at the National Cricket Stadium, Grenada. Gail was asked to share the new ball with the pixel Fidel Edwards and he did not disappoint.
On his first delivery over, he scalped Hendrix’s wicket (2) before treating cricket fanatics with a wheel-like somersault celebration. Twitter was immediately flooded with Gale’s merry-go-round. The head of the universe later revealed that his teammates had asked him to stop Kevin Sinclair’s celebration.
Pursuing a goal of 168 drivers, South Africa was limited to 146/9 as the West Indies recorded a 21-game win to tie the series of five games 2-2. Although they lost Fabian Allen from a shoulder injury, the hosts defended their total of 167/6 to win the match.
Dwayne Bravo strengthened and plucked four wickets, including the precious scalp of Quinton de Cock (60). Skipper Kieran Pollard also contributed with the ball in Alan’s absence, registering figures of 1/24 in his four overs.
Gail, along with claiming the door opener Hendrix, took two catches. He hid his bad outing with the 1/11 two-shot bowling club bat.
“Chris (Gale) bowls this one and takes a wicket … sometimes you take a risk and it works,” said Pollard, who was a Player of the Match for his undefeated half-century and a door in his name.
Pollard hit a half-century fast-paced shot from 24 deliveries, including five sixes, and finished 51 without coming out. He took three sixes out of 25 tracks from the 19th, which was almost the difference between the teams.