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The all-or-nothing cricketer: Chris Gayle’s batting strategy is unique

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THE 10th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), cricket’s richest and glitziest tournament, will end on May 21st, when Rising Pune Supergiant face either the Mumbai Indians or the Kolkata Knight Riders in the final in Hyderabad. To the disappointment of many neutrals Chris Gayle, a big-hitting West Indian batsman, will not be a part of it. Mr Gayle’s Royal Challengers Bangalore team flopped miserably. Even so, no player has has embodied the first decade of the IPL more. Mr Gayle made an inauspicious start to his IPL career. He was not even picked up in his first auction in 2008. In 2011 he was only called up as a replacement player. Like the IPL itself, Mr Gayle has also attracted much attention off the pitch. The “KingGayle” Instagram feed documents the ceaseless partying of the self-proclaimed “Universe Boss”; in Australia last year he was lambasted as a sexist after using a mid-match interview to flirt with a female presenter, asking her out for a drink and telling her, “don′t blush, baby”.Yet anyone tempted not to take Mr Gayle’s cricket seriously need only look at his statistics. In the fast-paced Twenty20 format, he towers above his contemporaries much as W.G. Grace or Don Bradman, batting giants of yore, once did in longer forms of the game. Consider this array of records. …