‘Chris Gayle is back and it’s bad news for other teams’

Afro Voice (KwaZulu Natal) - - Sport -

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

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IN FULL FLOW: Chris Gayle smashed his sec­ond fastest IPL 50, off 22 balls, in KXIP’s win.

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