Gayle the greatest in T20s; Sharma wins fan vote
Gayle, who played his first T20 match in 2005, has turned out for over 20 teams in the format, and has featured in games in Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka, the UAE, the USA, the West Indies, and Zimbabwe.
Lasith Malinga finished a close second to Gayle in the final match-up in the staff bracket. The exercise started with a shortlist of 32 players, and those with more votes in the one-on-one match-ups progressed to the next stage. The popularity and impact of West Indian stars in T20s was reflected in the bracket: three of the four semi-finalists – Andre Russell and Sunil Narine being the others – and five of the eight quarter-finalists are from the region.
The readers’ bracket ended with Russell up against Rohit Sharma, who finished as the winner. The most successful captain in the IPL, Sharma has led Mumbai Indians to four titles, and won a record five in all. He is also the third-highest run scorer in the tournament. In T20Is, he’s the second-highest run scorer, and his four hundreds are the most for any player.
Gayle and Malinga were the other semi-finalists in the readers’ bracket. Besides Gayle, Malinga, and Russell, Dwayne Bravo and AB de Villiers were the others to feature in the quarter-finals in both the staff and readers’ brackets. Click here for the results of the individual match-ups in our readers’ bracket. (ESPNCricinfo)