Universe Boss Chris Gayle has impressed one and all, including BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, with his phenomenal comeback into the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League. Chris Gayle is currently playing for Kings XI Punjab this season, however, he only made it to the playing XI in the second half of the season.
Despite, a series of back-to-back defeats, Chris Gayle wasn’t the part of the team earlier and was warming up the bench. KL Rahul had mentioned that Chris will play at the ‘right time’. Later, when the team was desperately in need of him, Gayle was suffering from a stomach infection and had to be hospitalized.
However, as soon as Chris Gayle walked into the scene for Kings XI Punjab, he took the league by storm. The team had lost 6 off 7 games they had played and had to win all of their matches to make it to the playoffs, and Chris Gayle has made sure to make that happen by helping his team win all the three matches he has been a part of.
During his first game, which was against his former team Royal Challengers Bangalore, he announced his arrival with a power-packed performance by scoring 45-ball 53 runs, smashing 5 gigantic sixes. In the two matches following that, Gayle managed to score 24 and 29 runs respectively and played some match-winning knocks.
Meanwhile, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly is impressed with the Universe Gayle has played so far in the IPL despite warming the bench for the first half of the tournament. Ganguly was all praises for Gayle and asked the young generation of cricketers to learn from him how to stay spirited even when not included in the playing XI. He said:
“We all think Chris Gayle keeps laughing and roaming but it pinched him that he has been made to sit out. These are the things to see and learn from. IPL is just too much competition,”
Meanwhile, KXIP are sitting at the fifth position in the points table. They will be seen playing against Sunrisers Hyderabad tomorrow at Dubai International Stadium. KXIP will be hoping for the Universe Boss to fire in the remaining games and help the team reach the playoffs.