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Wed Apr 23 08:50:09 SAST 2014

Gayle says he's not the only guy in the team

TEAMtalk Media | 11 July, 2012 13:220 Comments
England v West Indies: Natwest International T20
Chris Gayle of the West Indies leaves the field after being dismissed by Steven Finn of England during the T20 match at Trent Bridge on June 24, 2012 in Nottingham, England
Image by: Gareth Copley / Getty Images

West Indies batsman Chris Gayle has dismissed talk of him being the key player in the side, saying there are a number of his team-mates who have done a sterling job in recent matches.

Gayle's return from the international wilderness, after 14 months on the sidelines, has rejuvenated the struggling side and they now find themselves 2-0 up in the ODI series against New Zealand.

But the Jamaican feels he is not the talismanic figure everyone says he is, and pointed out that players like Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Smith have also contributed heavily against the Black Caps.

Gayle insisted: "When you look at the last home series against Australia, I wasn't here, other guys got runs - Pollard got a hundred and others did well.

"So far in this series, I have made the most runs, Smithy (Dwayne Smith) got runs and Marlon scored a good hundred in the last game.

"The guys waiting are hungry and we are all capable of doing the job. It's not about one individual making the team win. Yes, I have been getting runs, but we have others in the team who can do the job.

"Guys are looking to step up and do what is required for the team."

He added: "We have a good rhythm, we have a good thing going. We have a strong all-round team and we have executed our plans well.

"If we are the better team, then we should be able to go out and beat them and that's what we will be looking to do again. We have some players who are prospects."

Of his past six innings for the West Indies, Gayle has scored at least 50 in five of them, including a century in the second ODI in Kingston.

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