Kings XI Punjab recorded their second victory of IPL 2020 on the back of half-centuries of KL Rahul and Chris Gayle as they blew away Royal Challengers Bangalore in Sharjah. While KL Rahul remained unbeaten, the highlight was arguably Gayle’s half-century, who played the first match of IPL 2020. The Jamaican has also underlined the reason behind pointing a sticker to the bat that read ‘The Boss’.
Chris Gayle’s exclusion from Kings XI Punjab’s playing eleven came under scrutiny; however, with KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal as the opening pair, it was challenging to slot him. However, KXIP suffering six losses before the victory against RCB meant that they had to try something different to turn their fortunes around. Gayle batted at number three, in a vastly unfamiliar position and did the job for Punjab after struggling slightly.
Chris Gayle stated that by pointing to the sticker in the bat, he demanded respect for himself. Gayle had a laugh with the commentators when the latter revealed that the sticker was upside down on the willow. The explosive batsman highlighted feeling no nervousness at all despite playing for the first time in IPL 2020. He mustered his 29th IPL fifty. “All I wanted to say was put some respect on the name,” the 40-year old told in the post-match interview.
“Chris Gayle lights up the tournament” : Ravi Shastri
Indian cricket team coach Ravi Shastri hailed Chris Gayle as one of the greatest characters of the game and injects light into the tournament. Furthermore, he tips for Gayle to be remembered as one of the most significant entertainers in cricket.
“He is one of the great characters of the game. He lights up the tournament. He will be remembered as one of the greatest entertainers to have played the game,” Shastri told NDTV.