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IPL: Decoding Chris Gayle’s Batting

  By posted Apr 24th 2013
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#IPL Updates : Decoding Chris Gayle’s Style of Batting

 

If you missed Chris Gayle’s "storm" in the Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Pune Warriors India match, you missed a great deal. Chris Gayle's unbeaten 175 runs is the highest individual innings in T20 history! We decode Chris Gayle's batting style and fitness secrets for you.

Gayle's 17 sixes in the match is a record in any format. In fact, Chris Gayle is the first batsman to register four hundreds at the IPL.  His tally of eleven hundreds is a record in Twenty20.  No other batsman has even recorded six hundreds. 

“ I spend a lot of time at the gym doing strength training, keeping fit is really important to me. I also do a lot of dancing for cardio to bat way. ”

Chris Gayle

So if you are wondering what’s the secret behind Mr Tornado’s performance, here's what he said in one of his interviews with digital cricket.com, “I spend a lot of time at the gym doing strength training, keeping fit is really important to me.  I also do a lot of dancing for cardio.”

Gary Plamer, a coach and an all-rounder batsman himself with over 20 years experience tries to demystify Chris Gayle’s style of battling on pitchvision.com.

Wide Stand: Put your feet wide apart. “With your feet in this position, you do not have as far to go, to go forward or back. It makes the cut easier to play because you do not have to move your feet as far. It gives you a solid base to hit from," points Gary.

High Grip: Hold the bat higher on the handle. According to Gary, “The higher up your hands are on the bat, the more leverage you get on the ball when driving, and the more force is applied to it.”

Speed up Bat Speed: This helps in hitting the ball hard. “The quicker the bat is going when the ball hits the bat, the quicker it will come off it," concludes Gary.


Guidelines for beginners for strength training a la Chris Gayle follows:

Workout 1

3x5 Squats (3 sets of 5 reps)
3x5 Bench Press (3 sets of 5 reps)
1x5 Deadlift (1 sets of 5 reps)
2x8 Dips (2 sets of 8 reps)

Workout 2
3x5 Squats (3 sets of 5 reps)
3x5 Military Press (3 sets of 5 reps)
3x5 Bent Barbell Rows (3 sets of 5 reps)
2x8 Pull Ups (2 sets of 8 reps)

 

Points to remeber

1) Workout on alternate days and never on two consecutive days. If you workout thrice a week you could hit Workout 1 on Monday, Workout 2 on Wednesday and Workout 1 once again on Friday. Mix it up by performing Workout 2 twice the next week.
2) All the above mentioned exercises HAVE to be done with barbells/dumbbells and not on machines.  
3) Do not exceed the 5 rep or the 3 set routine for the first three months.
4) It is imperative that you gradually increase the weight every week even if it is by a kilo.
5) Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep everyday as this routine can get taxing especially once you start lifting heavy.
6) Make sure you perform each and every exercise under supervision the first few times as they can lead to serious injury if not performed perfectly.  


*Image Courtesy: Reuters

 

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