Lara impressed with Gayle's leadership skills

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Former West Indies captain, and legendary batsman, Brian Lara says Chris Gayle's leadership during the Caribbean Premier League really impressed him, and he hopes the opener can transfer that seniority to the Windies side.

Former West Indies captain, and legendary batsman, Brian Lara says Chris Gayle's leadership during the Caribbean Premier League really impressed him, and he hopes the opener can transfer that seniority to the Windies side.

Gayle's Jamaica Tallawahs won the inaugural CPL last month, beating Guyana in the final by seven wickets, and Lara says Gayle doesn't need to have the captaincy tag to be considered a leader in the side.

Lara said of the Jamaican big-hitter, who made the fourth-most runs in the tournament: "What I must say though is that he has gained a lot of respect from me for his victory with the Tallawahs.

"The way he led the team I am almost sure that his strike rate was nowhere near some of his other teammates but the responsibility rests on his shoulders and the way he handled it was tremendous and that says something about the individual.

"Hopefully we can get that contribution that he has made as a leader with the Jamaican team in the Twenty20 tournament as one of the leaders in the West Indies team.

"You don't necessarily have to be the leader in the team or the captain of the team but as long as you are one of the senior players you can have great effect on the entire way the team performs."

The Windies have two skippers at the moment, Darren Sammy in Tests and T20s and Dwayne Bravo in ODIs, and while Lara doesn't think this is ideal, he hopes it doesn't affect the way the team plays.

He said: "If that is the option at the present time so be it, but it should not affect how a team performs. Ideally you would like to have someone who can handle all three forms of the game."

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