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‘Most amazing feeling in the world’: Gayle on T20 World Cup glory ahead of final

Chris Gayle, ambassador of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and a two-time champion, considers lifting the trophy on both occasions as among the most memorable experiences of his life. Ahead of India’s clash with South Africa in the 2024 finals, Gayle reflected on his achievements as a key player in the West Indies teams that triumphed in 2012 and 2016. He described the euphoria of winning finals against Sri Lanka and England and highlighted the significance of the championship rings received by the team, likening them to Super Bowl rings.

Gayle, known as the Universe Boss, spoke about his plans to pass down these rings to his daughter and future grandchildren, emphasizing their importance as symbols of being world champions. Looking forward to Saturday’s final in Barbados between undefeated India and South Africa, Gayle acknowledged the difficulty in predicting the outcome, praising both teams for their clean and aggressive cricket throughout the tournament.

Gayle singled out Jasprit Bumrah as a potential game-changer for India with his exceptional bowling performances, particularly his economy rate and recent form against England in the semi-finals. While acknowledging India’s formidable batting depth and Bumrah’s prowess, Gayle had initially tipped South Africa as dark horses for the tournament, expressing satisfaction in seeing them reach their first final after several semi-final disappointments. He highlighted the significance of winning a World Cup, noting that it would create enduring memories for both the players and the nation.

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