I want to be the best all-rounder in World Cup: Gayle

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New Delhi, Feb 20 (PTI) He is one of the most devastatingbatsmen in one-day cricket but West Indies opener Chris Gayleis not satisfied being just that and intends to emerge as thebest all-rounder of the ongoing World Cup.

"I want to be the best all-rounder in the World Cup. Ishould be able to do a bit of bowling and get a few wickets aswell and also set up a good total for the team," Gayle quippedwhen asked about his personal milestone in the World Cup.

West Indies will be opening their campaign against SouthAfrica on Thursday and Gayle feels Graeme Smith''s men arebeatable and they need to go discreetly about their job.

"We are playing one of the favourites in South Africa andthey are a top quality side in both batting and bowling. Wehave to be on our A game and capitalise on opportunities. Theyare beatable. We need to be discreet about the way we go aboutthings," Gayle, a part-time off-spinner, said after his team''spractice session here.

"The preparation has been good. We came from Sri Lanka,of course things didn''t go according to our plan but at thesame time it is a big occasion and we want to get a winningstart here.

"The key is to get a good start and in this new format,the top four get to the quarterfinals and that would be theobjective and then anything is possible. We have not done wellin the two World Cups that I played and I hope things turnhere. We need to have the self belief," he added.

The former skipper said he has his task cut out and hewould be leading the batting line up, which has a fewdebutantes.

"I am the first one to face the ball, so I would lead thebatting. Young Darren Bravo can bat really well. He is a keyplayer, though it is his first World Cup. He has been battingwell," Gayle said.

"Unfortunately Barath missed out. We also have twoexperienced players in Shivnarine (Chanderpaul) and(Ramnaresh) Sarwan. Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy, Kieron Pollardall can bat well," he added.

Gayle also hoped Dwayne, who has been a bit off colour,would regain his form in the World Cup.

"Bravo is a kind of player who can come like a fireworkand get that buzz around and bring the energy back in theteam. He is a positive player, I am not too worried about him.

Asked how would they adjust to the conditions in India,the 31-year-old Jamaican said they need to make necessaryadjustments.

"We have to make necessary adjustments. We have a coupleof young guys in the side. We know the wicket here would beslow but we would like to wait and see how the conditions areand adjust our game accordingly," he said.

"The bounce is a bit shorter here, in Sri Lanka it wasbigger. The outfields are very fast. It is a challenge forbowlers, but spinners do well here," he added. .

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