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Kings XI Punjab — “Chris Gayle Will Come In At The Right Time”

In the U.S., on the political stump, one hears rally chants such as the following:

“Four more years.”

“Fill that seat.”

“U.S.A”

“Send her back.”

“Lock her up.”

Now, if one should conjure a similar scenario within the context of this season’s IPL cricket, the chant would easily be, “We want Gayle,” given the anticipation of seeing Chris “Universe Boss” Gayle at the wicket.

However, Kings XI Punjab is in no haste to showcase the Windies’ number one T20 batter, Gayle.

After all, the team has had a positive start in the Indian Premier League’s ongoing competition, so far.

Although they did not win their first game of the season against Delhi Capitals, Mayank Agarwal, an opening batter and a much younger player than Gayle, exhibited his prowess with the bat.

He hit a fiery 89 runs, which almost put his team in a winning position.

In their second game, KXIP outplayed Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore, winning by 97 runs.

In that game, KL Rahul, an established opening batter and captain of KXIP, scored 132 runs in 69 balls.

So, both the current opening batters are performing up to par for the team to date.

Consequently, Gayle is held at bay, and the question of his fit into the team continues to be posed by pundits and fans alike.

Recently, captain Rahul was asked for his feedback on the missing Gayle.

“Chris Gayle will come in at the right time, don’t worry about it. It was tough sitting at home, and so we are grateful to get this opportunity to play. The guys are enjoying themselves despite the rustiness in the first game,” Rahul reportedly said on InsideSport’s series AMSTRAD Face2Face.

Rahul further said that Gayle is the biggest match-winner in T20 cricket, and to drop him in the initial matches has been a pretty difficult decision to take for the franchise.

He also said that Gayle has returned well after the lockdown and looking fit and getting stronger with every passing day.

Gayle has set numerous records across all three formats of the game. He is the most capped player for the West Indies in international cricket and is the only player to score a triplet of centuries – a triple hundred in Tests, double hundred in O.D. Is, and a hundred in T20Is.

Nigel Bell Readers Bureau Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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