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    Is Chris Gayle great ?


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    He's definitely a T20 great.

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    He is possibly the least of the greats. A spud amongst pumpkins.
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    No, no he isn't.
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    Well the article argues he is not a conventional great and obviously this is looking beyond T20. But in terms of power hitting and being an excellent test opener while maintaining his revolutionary short format scoring should put him in a unique place. I think his exploits in T20 certainly garnered more interest in the format. I remember his first IPL - came in late but ended up with the most sixes and runs in the tournament.

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    No. He plays some great knocks though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riggins View Post
    No. He plays some great knocks though.
    How many more would he need to play to be considered a great ? Name current players who has or is doing what he's doing better.

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    Great to watch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ilovecric View Post
    How many more would he need to play to be considered a great ? Name current players who has or is doing what he's doing better.
    Read someone somewhere describe KP as not a great player, but a player of great innings.

    Gayle kinda fits that bracket too, as do several other players.

    I suppose it's the values of consistent excellent and performance that makes a player great, and not just flashes of brilliance and a handful of broken records.

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    I think people should keep in mind this view is not radical as cricket fans support this view BBC Sport - Tendulkar, Gilchrist, Gayle & Wasim all in greatest ODI XI

    There is nobody in the international game who is as consistent as he in in terms of attacking and capable of attacking the way he does. Guys like Dhoni will have higher averages because they bat the end of the innings which means more NOs.

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    Read someone somewhere describe KP as not a great player, but a player of great innings.

    Gayle kinda fits that bracket too, as do several other players.

    I suppose it's the values of consistent excellent and performance that makes a player great, and not just flashes of brilliance and a handful of broken records.

    In T20 He hits a six every 9 balls and four every 8 balls while entertaining players like AB takes 20 to hit a six and 9 to hit fours. He hits big shots while averaging twice as much as AB. This is why he is better to watch because the show is more exciting and last much longer.

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    Capable of some great innings but not a great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ilovecric View Post
    How many more would he need to play to be considered a great ? Name current players who has or is doing what he's doing better.
    It doesn't matter how many 'great' knocks he plays sporadically. To be genuinely considered a 'great' player he should be putting up 'good' performances much more frequently, imo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riggins View Post
    It doesn't matter how many 'great' knocks he plays sporadically. To be genuinely considered a 'great' player he should be putting up 'good' performances much more frequently, imo.
    name a great t20 player

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    Didn't know this was a t20 discussion. I would have steered clear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riggins View Post
    Didn't know this was a t20 discussion. I would have steered clear.
    Who would accuse gayle of being a great test player ? And his ODi record is right up there with the rest of them. He wasn't get much runs recently but he is certainly a great ODI player. I think the issue with some people was expressed in the article - that gayle is a transformation force in the game. Because while you're thinking about test match consistency (Gayle averages 42 btw as an opener) the game is expanding towards another direction and gayle is spearheading this move - being a free lancer and setting a high bar to reach for future T20 greats.

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