Gayle: Fletcher is a ‘dangerous’ batsman
NAGPUR, India, CMC:
Chris Gayle has described fellow opener AndrE Fletcher as a 'dangerous' batsman capable of posting big scores after he plundered an unbeaten half century to lead West Indies to a seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the T20 World Cup on Sunday.
Fletcher filled the opening slot when Gayle was injured and scored a career-best 84 not out off 64 balls to seal a comfortable win over Sri Lanka, their second win after beating England in their opening fixture.
Gayle is backing Fletcher to continue his prolific form in the tournament.
"It was fantastic to see Fletcher. I have opened the batting with Fletcher many times, and I know what sort of player he is," said Gayle.
"He is very dangerous and he is capable of getting big scores, so hopefully he can build on this and carry on and don't leave it for anybody and get a few more Man of the Match".
Gayle is encouraging Fletcher to play his natural aggressive game and to continue batting deep into the innings.
"You have to pick and choose your bowlers who you want to target at particular times and what works for him as well. Continue being aggressive in the first six overs, and try and capitalise on that new ball as a batter," Gayle advised.
The Windies arrived in Nagpur on Monday afternoon where they are preparing to face South Africa on Good Friday.
First ball is 9 a.m. Jamaica time.