Originally Posted by Howe_zat
Gayle has one game plan and will stick to it - and the assumption that you can always play that at the fall of the 5th wicket is no way to pick a side. What if you're 80/5 rather than 400/5? What you actually want in that role is adaptability. Often you get fairly one-dimensional allrounders that come in there, but this is just because they aren't good enough to bat in the top six.
Then there's the fact that in any match situation, the runs from 400 to 600 matter vastly less the runs that get you from 0 to 200 anyway. Deploying one of your top bats in that role is a waste.
The one and only time you can be sure of the match situation is before a ball is bowled. Gayle in that team should play his game right from the word go. If he fails, you have another opener to come in at #3 to fix things, if he comes off, not a problem.
Yeah I don't really disagree, I am just saying what I think the reasoning was for the Gayle selection.