Former India opener Virender Sehwag has made it clear he was not at all impressed with his former IPL team Kings XI Punjab’s decision of not including Chris Gayle in their playing eleven against Delhi Capitals on Sunday.
Kings XI Punjab must have rued their decision especially after their dire performance in the super over as they lost their tournament-opener. They would have also missed him when their top-order fell like a pack of cards. Chasing 158, Kings XI Punjab were in all sorts of trouble as their top-order except Mayank Agarwal failing miserably.
At one stage, they were reeling at 55 for 5 and were looking set to suffer a humiliating defeat. But they managed to tie the game thanks to Agarwal’s heroics. The India Test opener scored 89 and nearly took Kings XI Punjab over the line. With just one run needed from the last three balls, Agarwal had the chance to finish off the match.
However, after conceding a dot, he went for a glory shot and was out. On the final ball, Chris Jordan lost his wicket too as the match ended in a tie. In the super over bowled by Kagiso Rabada, KXIP managed to score just 2 as KL Rahul and Nicholas Pooran were dismissed on consecutive deliveries. Rishabh Pant then scored the winning runs for Delhi without any trouble.
Virender Sehwag on Gayle’s exclusion:
On Monday, Virender Sehwag took to Twitter to wish Gayle on his birthday and he used the opportunity to take a dig at KXIP for omitting the West Indian from the playing eleven.
Virender Sehwag, who plied his trade for KXIP as a player and a mentor, said that Gayle not playing against Delhi was not only audience’s loss but also the team’s loss, writing:
“There are few like the boss. Once in a generation entertainer , audience’s loss that they couldn’t get to see @henrygayle play yesterday and also Punjab’s loss. Hoping to see you fire soon and wish you a happy birthday Universe Boss.”
There are few like the boss.
Once in a generation entertainer , audience's loss that they couldn't get to see @henrygayle play yesterday and also Punjab's loss. Hoping to see you fire soon and wish you a happy birthday Universe Boss. pic.twitter.com/gBp8dSxLgU
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 21, 2020