CPL 2018: Gayle lagging behind in early six-hitting race

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St Kitts and Nevis Patriots skipper Chris Gayle – CPL T20 / Getty

West Indies big-hitter Chris Gayle appears to be clearing the boundary rope with less regularity so far this Caribbean Premier League (CPL) season and lags behind in the six-hitting race.

The 39-year-old Gayle, the self-named ‘Six-machine’, has hit the most sixes in three of the competition’s five years.  With the Patriots having played five matches so far this term, the big left-hander is tied for seventh place and is in somewhat unfamiliar territory outside of the top five.

St Lucia Stars captain Kieron Pollard leads the way with 22, followed by Glenn Phillips (20) Darren Bravo (19), Andre Russell (14), Shai Hope (13) Andre Fletcher (13) and Rovman Powell (12).  Pollard and Russell have played the most innings so far with 8.  Russell, Phillips and Powell have played 7 with Bravo and Hope having played 6 and 5 respectively.

Of course the big hitter’s fortunes could change in just a few innings but has so far managed 145 runs with a strike rate of 119.83.  Gayle was the competition’s top six-hitter in 2014, 2015 and 2016 with fourth place finishes in 2013 and 2017. (SportsMax)

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