England all-rounder Liam Livingstone has said that he is excited to captain ‘hero’ Chris Gayle with Team Abu Dhabi in the ongoing T10 league. The fifth season of the tournament got underway on Friday (November 19). Abu Dhabi opened their campaign with a thumping 40 runs victory over Bangla Tigers. Gayle starred with the bat by scoring an unbeaten 49 off just 23 balls.
He was at his ferocious best and yet again proved that he the king when it comes to the shorter versions of the game. Gayle is the highest run-scorer in T20 cricket with over 14000 runs. Livingstone, who idolised Chris Gayle on his way up to the England team, said it is pretty special captaining him in the T10 league. The England all-rounder also considers Gayle as his childhood hero.
“I think it’s pretty cool somebody that is been a hero of myself growing up,” Livingstone said to ESPN Cricinfo.
Although Gayle excelled in ODI and Test format as well, it was in T20 cricket that he truly flourished. The West Indian batter changed the dynamics of the game by scoring at a belligerent strike-rate. Apart from scoring the most runs in the shortest format, Gayle also holds the record for hitting the most sixes. Livingstone lavished praise on Gayle and said he is one of the best players in T20 cricket.
“He has changed the way T20 cricket has played, he scored hundreds, plenty of T20 runs. There is a reason why he is considered as one of the best, if not the best players in the world that has lived in the game. It would be pretty cool to spend some time with him in the middle.
Team Abu Dhabi next play their game on 20th November against defending champions Northern Warriors