Johannesburg: Explosive Twenty20 batsman Chris Gayle has praised new South African batting sensation Richard Levi, saying that he is capable of going from ‘strength to strength’.
“He’s a good striker of the cricket ball and it’s good for the game,” Gayle said in an interview.
Levi smashed a 45-ball century against the Kiwis on Sunday, the fastest century in international T20 cricket, beating the previous record of 50 deliveries held by Gayle.
He scored 13 sixes in the innings, which is also a world record for Twenty20 cricket.
“Hopefully he can go from strength to strength and have bigger and better innings in the future. He will have a lot on his shoulders now. The expectations on him will be high and hopefully it is something he can grasp quickly and I’m sure he will continue to excel,” he said.
Gayle also advised Levi for improving his game from time to time since bowlers would eventually come to know about his weaknesses and strengths as he plays more.
“I’ve been there, you might score a lot of runs on the international scene as a youngster but there is a lot of technology involved now and it’s going to get harder, it’s going to get tougher so, as an individual, you have got to learn how to manipulate bowlers. They are working you out so you have to try and be a step ahead of them,” he added.