The Curious Of Chris Gayle In IPL 2020: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) have made a slow start in IPL 2020 and things have not turned out in their favor so far under the leadership of Anil Kumble and KL Rahul. The franchise has invested in young KL Rahul to take them forward and win their first-ever IPL title.
Interestingly, Anil Kumble and KL Rahul have made a lot of changes this season in their playing XI and approach, and it includes dropping “Universe Boss” Chris Gayle from their playing XI. Gayle is one of the destructive batsmen in the history of the game and he has been a big hero in the Indian Premier League.
KXIP fans are confused regarding this decision and they are asking the franchise “Why are you not picking Chris Gayle in the playing XI?”. Some pundits believe that because Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul have formed a good opening pair, this is why they are not including Chris Gayle in the playing XI.
But, if this is the reason then KXIP are making a huge mistake because both KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal have the skills to bat at number 3 to bring Chris Gayle back at the top of the order. Virat Kohli has also pushed himself down at number 3 to accommodate Aaron Finch at the top of the order and it has worked in RCB’s favor.
On batting-friendly pitches in the UAE, Chris Gayle can be a real threat to the opposition. He still has a lot of cricket left in him and he is raring to go in the middle and use his huge willow.
But, as per The Cricket Lounge’s analysis, Chris Gayle’s lack of fitness and speed on the field is one of the biggest reasons why KXIP have dropped him from their playing XI. Chris Gayle is a huge man and he doesn’t throw himself on the field like other young cricketers. IPL is a very fast tournament and fielding plays a huge role in deciding the outcomes of the games.
However, having said that, we would advise KXIP to bring Chris Gayle back to the opening position and the skipper should bat at number 3. This will add much-more firepower and strength to their batting order. It’s a risk well worth taking.