‘Chris Gayle is back and it’s bad news for other teams’
KINGS XI Punjab opener KL Rahul has shot a warning to rival teams in the Indian Premier League: beware of Chris Gayle, he’s back to his brutal best.
Gayle, playing his first game of the season, smashed his second fastest IPL fifty, off 22 balls, to lay the foundation for KXIP’s thrilling four-run win over Chennai Super Kings on Sunday night.
“It is amazing news for our team and bad news for the other teams that Chris Gayle is hitting the ball well,” Rahul, who has been in top form, said at the post-match media interaction.
“We all know he is a player who can win games single handedly and demolish attacks on his day and that’s what he did today.
“We want him and we expect him to continue this form forward.”
Not so long ago, Gayle went unsold in the auction twice before KXIP picked him up for a base price of Rs 2 crore (R3.7m), the same amount they paid for Yuvraj Singh.
KXIP play their next home game against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Asked about the plans against Sunrisers, Rahul said: “Every team in the IPL is good. We are going to stick to our plans, we will stick to our strengths, we will see where we can better Sunrisers.
“Our plans are going to be simple whichever team we face and we will go out there and play aggressive cricket.”
About batting first and setting a target for the opposition, he said: “If you are batting first as an opener, you give yourselves a couple of overs see how the wicket is behaving and then try to assess what a good score on that wicket would be and then you plan accordingly.
“By the look of the wicket, I don’t think anybody can tell the wicket is going to behave a certain way.
“Even though this is our home game, we are still getting to know what the wicket is like.
“Once we play a couple of overs then we decide what a good target on that wicket is.” – TOI