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Champions Trophy: India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni wary of Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle: India are wary of his explosive batting power

Mahendra Singh Dhoni: India skipper

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni knows capturing the early wicket of opener Chris Gayle will be key to beating West Indies at The Oval on Tuesday.

The game pitches the top two teams in Group B against each other, after India beat South Africa in their opener and West Indies narrowly defeated Pakistan.

A second victory for India would put them in a strong position in the group ahead of their eagerly-anticipated clash with Pakistan in their third game and Dhoni knows getting Gayle out cheaply will be crucial to success.

He said: "The Gayle factor, it will always be there. He is one of those individuals that have a big impact on the game. It's always good to get them out early.

"Our fast bowlers will have a fair chance in that they'll have two new balls to get him out.

"Overcast conditions, maybe a bit of help from the wicket. It will be an interesting game because what's important is to realise if you don't get batsmen like Chris Gayle out, most likely he'll take you out of the game."

The West Indies' preparations for the game have been overshadowed by a controversy surrounding wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin.

Ramdin has been banned by the International Cricket Council for two matches for "conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game" after claiming a catch which he had dropped against Pakistan.

The 28-year-old celebrated catching Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq but umpires spotted the ball had slipped from his grasp and hit the ground.

He does have the right of appeal and could yet play against India pending the result of any further hearing.

The West Indies team management have so far declined to comment on Ramdin's ban following the publication of the verdict from the ICC's initial disciplinary hearing.


West Indies coach Ottis Gibson believes his team have the belief to fulfil their potential and win major tournaments after last year's World T20 success in Sri Lanka.

He said: "I think in the past we've had this group of players together, and we've gone to major tournaments with high expectations and we didn't do as well as we could have done or should have done.

"Winning the tournament (World T20) gave us obviously huge belief that yes, we can win. We know we have the superstars, we know we have the players, the talent and the ability, but we never really got the job done.

"Sri Lanka gave us a huge belief that we can, and you'll see a sort of renewed attitude within the team that when we come to major tournaments we're not just here to make the numbers up any more.

"The rankings say that we are now eighth in the world. We know that on our day we're capable of beating the number one team, we're capable of beating any team in a format like this where it's so short and every game matters."