Gayle: 'It is all about how well you adapt to new conditions'

Balkh Legends, the team for which Gayle plays in the Afghanistan Premier League has progressed through to the semi-finals.

Chris Gayle says that playing for Balkh Legends in the APL has been fun. (FILE PHOTO)

Chris Gayle's presence has helped bolster the strength of Balkh Legends, which has now progressed through to the semi-final of the Afghanistan Premier League.

“That’s good news as that is the first objective for any team – to be in the top four,” Gayle said during a press conference after the victory against Paktia Panthers.

Gayle joined the Balkh Legends a little late but has walked into a team that has managed to find its combination. “It’s been good so far. Before the tournament started, some of the players met and wanted me to be here and be a part of something. It’s been good from a team point of view. From a personal point of view, it’s good to be a part of a new franchise and share my viewpoints with youngsters. Hopefully they can learn a lot,” he said.

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Gayle’s years of experience will be fruitful for his young teammates who can seek out his time and gain invaluable knowledge about the game. His journeys around the world have taken him to different conditions in the shortest format, but given all that experience, adapting has become one of Gayle’s biggest strengths.

“It’s about how quickly you adapt. It’s not that difficult since you play all around the world. It is about how quickly you gel with each other. Obviously there are some younger guys who can’t speak English but there are seniors who can translate for them. It’s been good fun,” Gayle said about gelling into a new unit in a different league.

In the APL, Gayle has looked to be in good touch but is yet to record a big score. Come the important games, the danger of Gayle coming good will be lurking and Balkh Legends would hope he turns it on when it is most needed.