Chris Gayle, at the age of 38, smashed an unbeaten 104 off 63 deliveries to help Kings XI Punjab’s win their third match of the season. The left handed opening batsman when accepting the Man-of-the-Match award thanked his new franchise’s director of cricket operations Virender Sehwag for “saving the IPL”.
Gayle smashed the first century of the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Gayle had been released by Royal Challengers Bangalore for whom he scored 3420 runs in 91 matches. He is at second in RCB’s all-time highest run scorer’s table
The Jamaican went unsold, in the first two rounds of the IPL auction but Kings finally decided to buy the highest run getter in T20 format at his base price of 2 Crores.
Gayle did not play KXIP’s first two matches of the ongoing edition of IPL. However, when he got a chance in the third one he made he made the most of it as he scored 63 off just 33 balls. Now with a century and a half century under his belt, Gayle has ensured that he will play the rest of the matches for Punjab if he remains fit.
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In the post match presentation, Gayle credited Virender Sehwag for saving the IPL by buying the opening batsman. He said, “I think Virender Sehwag saved the IPL by picking me (in the January auctions). Everyone says I have a lot to prove. I am just here to put some respect on my name.”
After which Sehwag funnily tweeted, “I saved the IPL by picking – @henrygayle”
Gayle then not long after replied with a ‘Yes’.