Kings XI Punjab batsman Chris Gayle has had a real impact on the team since the time he came into the side. Kings XI Punjab had won only one out of seven games when Chris Gayle was not part of the team in IPL 2020. After winning the man of the match award for his knock against Kolkata Knight Riders, the Jamaican has revealed he has no retirement plans.
Chris Gayle scored his second fifty of IPL 2020, mustering 51 off 29 deliveries with two fours and five sixes. The 41-year old came to the crease with the match in balance; however, the Knight Riders’ bowlers had nowhere to escape his power-hitting. The southpaw went on to share a stand of 100 to put the Kings XI Punjab in the doorstep of their fifth consecutive victory.
After the victory, IPLT20.com posted a video of Chris Gayle interviewing Mandeep Singh wherein the former stated that he has no plans to retire as of now and stated ‘cancel retirement’, following Mandeep Singh’s wishes. He went on to praise the bowlers’ performance, who have been instrumental in their victories. Gayle reckons that Kings XI Punjab could be unbeatable if they click as a team. Gayle, who is a veteran of 409 T20s, has played in Indian Premier League, Mzansi Super League, Big Bash League, Bangladesh Premier League, and Sri Lanka Premier League.
“We have to commend our bowlers since they have been fantastic for us since the last two games. They are playing a big part for us in these wins. Just as batting is important, the bowlers are very important for us as well and once we click as a team, we are going to be unbeatable,” the 41-year old said in the interview.
Mandeep Singh hails Chris Gayle as the best T20 player in the world:
Mandeep Singh, who finished at 66 not out against Kolkata Knight Riders in Sharjah on Tuesday, believes that the Jamaican should not retire at all. The 28-year old observed that Gayle hardly struggles and is always in excellent touch. The right-handed batsman followed his late father’s advice of remaining not out and inserted the belief in KL Rahul that he would be able to catch up even if he could not score in the first few balls. Mandeep lauded the character shown by the players in the last few fixtures and felt that results were not coming initially despite playing good cricket.
“My father always used to tell me to remain not out in every game so that’s what I wanted to do and even before the game I spoke to Rahul that ‘let me play my game, even if I take a few balls initially, I can win games for the team and my father would be really happy that I finished the game and I remained not out. It is amazing to win five games on the trot. I think the boys showed great character in the last few games and I think we have been playing some good cricket in the start as well, unfortunately, we did not get the wins. But we had a belief that we are a great bunch of cricketers and things are going our way,” Mandeep said.
Watch the video here: