At the halfway point of England’s opening World Twenty20 game against the West Indies, it looked touch and go as to whether they’d amassed enough runs.
A total of 182 for six felt 20 or so short, but as the old adage goes, you’d rather have the runs on the board.
Then Chris Gayle started batting.
It quickly became clear England were indeed 20 runs short – and then some.
And it’s true, England’s bowling was all over the place – but mostly it was down to Christopher Henry Gayle, self-proclaimed “Universe Boss” and the undoubted colossus of Twenty20 cricket.
He scored an unbeaten 100 off 48 balls as his side chased down their target with 11 balls to spare, and the world just sat back and admired it – much as England’s bowlers did.
There was one alternative theory…
Some drew comparisons with England.
Some people were just glad it wasn’t them.
If England are feeling low, there is at least one thing they can cite in mitigation – Gayle is just phenomenally good at T20 cricket.
And the whole thing ended without him embarrassing himself in the post-match interview.
So everyone’s happy. Except England.