MUMBAI: Having smashed the bowlers around with impunity in the Indian Premier League, West Indian batting powerhouse Chris Gayle is ready to roll his arm over as well and chip in for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
"I want to play my part with both bat and bowl. I am ready for the chance whenever the captain asks me," he said on the sidelines of a Volkswagen event, when he was asked about his part-time off break bowling in the tournament.
While Gayle has amassed 250 runs, the highest for the Bangalore franchise, in seven games, he has bowled only a few overs and gone wicket-less.
The swashbuckling opener and former Windies skipper, who has a top score of 87 this IPL season and a strike rate of plus 150, is happy with his display so far and hoped he can continue to perform well for the remainder of the tournament.
"It is good to get some runs at the start. Hopefully can continue and capitalise on the start and try and make the best use of it. You want to start good (have runs under the belt). You don't want to leave it too late. It is going to be a key as well going into the tournament.
As a player you want to start well and have some confidence. It is a situation where you get a start but you don't want to settle for it and want to keep going."
About the number of last ball or last over results in this season, Gayle said the credit should go to the bowlers of various teams.
"Sometimes you need to give credit to the bowler as well. Bowlers try to restrict the batsmen and then the last one or two overs can change the game. But it also depends on the number of wickets you have. Guys bowl well and you have to appreciate that," he observed.
Gayle said it has been a very close tournament so far with only Deccan Chargers without a victory under their belt.
"Honestly it is going to be tough (to predict about teams finishing in the top 4 and qualify for the play-offs) as all the teams are playing well. Deccan are the only team who haven't won a game yet. Later on things might be difficult for all the teams. It is a situation where everyone is neck and neck."
West Indian Chris Gayle might have been in devastating form of late for the Royal Challengers Bangalore but Bayliss said they can't just concentrate on only one player.
"If we concentrate on Gayle solely, what will happen to the others?. They have two or three others in terrific form. It's going to be a tough game. We will take a closer look before the game and hope to cook up something. I think they will want to beat us after we beat them on their home ground," Bayliss said ahead of KKR's match against RCB on Saturday.
Heaping praise on local talent Debabrata Das, who has played some crucial innings with the bat, Bayliss said, "Das has done exceptionally well. Probably, he has been little underrated by the opposition. But he has batted well. He is enthusiastic. He has been a bonus for our team."
The former Sri Lankan coach hoped that veteran seamer Laxmipathy Balaji, who is nursing a hamstring injury gets fit ahead of their match against RCB.
"Balaji has a hamstring injury. We are hoping him to be fit for the next game."
But the good news for KKR was that experienced Bengal all-rounder Laxmi Ratan Shukla has recovered from an injury.
"He was named in the last match. We will sit down and have a look at our team composition for the next match tomorrow."