It’s unbelievable that Chris Gayle, who is arguably the greatest batsman in the history of T20 cricket, has been left on the bench for 5 games in a row by Kings XI Punjab in the ongoing IPL 2020 and even though there are reports that Chris Gayle might be picked for tonight’s game against Sunrisers Hyderabad, he will still be eligible for mid-season transfer as he will have played only two games when the first half of the tournament concludes.
However, Gayle can only be traded if Kings XI Punjab agrees to let him go because it’s not just up to the player to ask to be traded off. The franchise, which wants to trade the player in, must have an agreement with the parent franchise of the player to seal the deal.
Here are the 3 teams which will be interested in Chris Gayle when the mid-season transfer window opens –
#1 Kolkata Knight Riders
Even though Kolkata Knight Riders have already got Tom Banton waiting in the wings, they might want to trade Chris Gayle in for a brief period of time as Sunil Narine is consistently failing at the top of the order.
Gayle, if he is traded in, will form a left-right combination with Shubman Gill and will complement Gill pretty well too because he is a completely different kind of player to Gill. While Gill is a conventional player who relies on timing and technique, Gayle relies on power.
#2 Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians might also inquiry about Gayle because their current first choice overseas opener Quinton de Kock has been in indifferent form this season. Since Mumbai already has another wicket-keeping option in the XI in the form of Ishan Kishan, they can afford to drop De Kock as Ishan will take the gloves.
The reserve opener in the Mumbai Indians locker room is Chris Lynn who is a right hander and will, hence, not create the left-right combination with Rohit Sharma. Lynn is also a bit susceptible against spin which is going to be a massive factor in the second half of the tournament in UAE.
Gayle, on the other hand, is known for hitting massive sixes against spin because of his long levers.
#3 Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals are going very well at the moment, but they also have one of their experienced openers Shikhar Dhawan not firing as yet and they might also think about trading Gayle in and play him at the top of the order in place of Dhawan.
However, if Delhi indeed ropes Gayle in and slot him right at the top, they will then have to get rid of their second overseas batsman Shimron Hetmyer who is not getting too many balls to face anyway, down the order at no. 6.
So, Delhi Capitals can probably bring in an Indian middle order batsman or a batting all-rounder to bat at no. 6 and drop Hetmyer to open with Gayle if they indeed manage to secure the services of the Caribbean veteran during the mid-season transfer window.