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Gayle’s ready to rock

Mirpur: Explosive batsman Chris Gayle on Monday sounded a warning to rival teams, ahead of the World Twenty20, by declaring that he can score a hundred irrespective of the conditions.

However, seconds after making the statement, the stylish left-hander contradicted himself by saying that conditions do play a role in a batsman’s performance.

“I am batsman, capable of scoring a century in any condition and on any wicket in the world. I just want to give the team that kind of a start. It will be nice to get another hundred,” Gayle said with an air of confidence during an interaction here on Monday.

“However it also depends on the conditions and how the wicket is playing,” he added, as the West Indies prepare for their opening warm-up game against England on Tuesday.

Asked about the tremendous pressure on him to perform every time with the bat, the Jamaican dasher said it indeed was a challenge.

“It creates a lot of pressure as expectations are high. When you actually set a trend, then people expect you to come good at all times. There are fans all over the world who want me to do well. That’s what they pay for and want to see. But it’s not going to happen all the time. But when I do get a chance I try to entertain people as much as possible,” he said. “We are here to retain the title, and that’s not going to be easy. But we are ready for it and we are ready for the challenges. Our first priority is to make it to the last four.”