Chris Gayle 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 been given a chance in the playing XI so far. KXIP has gone with KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal as their first-choice openers in five matches. Also, the four overseas player limitation and squad balance conundrum have player their part.
During an interview with PTI, Wasim Jaffer, KXIP’s batting coach revealed that the foreign duo of Chris Gayle and Mujeeb Ur Rahman might feature in the playing 11 soon.
“It should happen soon. As I said, it needs to happen sooner than later. We don’t want to bring them when every game is a must-win game. Hopefully, we will have those guys featuring soon,” Jaffer told news agency PTI from Dubai.
Jaffer praised the Jamaican for his ability to pull off miracles in T20 Cricket and cleared that there are no fitness or niggle issues with ‘Universe Boss’.
“Chris looks very much ready and is keen to get on to the park, he has been training really well and has looked really good in the nets,” Wasim Jaffer said. “He is such an impact player, we all know what he can do. I hope he turns up and turns it on straightaway and changes the tide for all of us. He looks hungry and that is a very good sign for the franchise.”
“I am hoping he plays quickly. We need match-winners, as many as possible. Not just for the next game, also for the rest of the tournament as he can easily win you four-five games on his own,” he further said.
Jaffer also talked about team’s possible batting combination, when the ‘Universe Boss’ returns to XI. “KL (Rahul) and Mayank (Agarwal) has done most of the work so far (in batting). Pooran has been batting really well. Karun (Nair) had couple of chances, he didn’t do well so Mandeep (Singh) has come in.” he signed off.