After 25 days, 7 matches and 5 defeats, Chris Gayle might feature in IPL 2020 for KXIP for the first time. The dashing opener does not need any introduction when it comes to opening in a T20 match. In a career spanning over two decades, the big-hitting Jamaican has earned reputation – opening the innings in almost all renowned franchise cricket tournaments the world over.
But surprisingly, the batsman has not been seen so far in the #Dream11 IPL 2020. After Gayle formed a solid opening partnership with KL Rahul in two seasons (2018&19) for KXIP, Gayle has not featured in the playing XI so far. KXIP has gone with KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal as their first-choice openers in seven matches. Also, the four overseas player limitation and squad balance conundrum have player their part.
The universe boss was close to feature for KXIP in the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad before food poisoning ruled him out for two more matches.
“I can tell you this!!! I will never go down without a fight!! I Am The #UniverseBoss – That will never changed!! You can learn from me…but its not everything I do you should follow!! Don’t forget my style and flare too!! #LivingDiLife #Always �� Thanks for all your concerns peeps, much appreciated ✊�❤️�� (I really was on a phone call) �”: had tweeted Gayle after being admitted to hospital.
But now, the Universe boss is fit and ready to take the field in KXIP’s next game against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Yesterday, KXIP’s official handle also tweeted a photo of him taking the field after returning from hospital.
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) October 12, 2020
The big Jamaican is known for his ability to pull off miracles in T20 Cricket and after losing 5 out of 7 matches, KXIP will be expecting the same from Universe Boss.
In case Gayle makes it to XI, either of KL Rahul or Mayank Agarwal has to shift at one down. With Nicholas Pooran and Mandeep Singh looking good in middle order, either of Chris Jordan or Glenn Maxwell has to make way for Gayle.
🗣 @henrygayle's special message for you fans 😍
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) October 13, 2020