Sourav Ganguly, BCCI President, has lauded ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle for the manner in which he has announced his arrival to the IPL 2020 after having sat out of the first seven games that his franchise Kings XI Punjab played.
Gayle would have made his return to the IPL in KXIP’s 7th game of the tournament against SunRisers Hyderabad but food poisoning which eventually led to him getting hospitalized led to further delay.
Gayle finally made his return against his former franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and the ‘Universe Boss’ announced his arrival with a brilliant match-winning half-century. Then in the next game, Chris Gayle went on to hit a six on the very first ball of the Super Over, making the target of 12 chasable.
In the last game, the swashbuckler rolled back the years as he took rookie fast bowler, Tushar Deshpande to the cleaners, smoking him for 26 in an over. Gayle is known for his flamboyant, larger than life persona, but Ganguly noted that having been made to warm the bench would have pinched the legendary southpaw, and the desperation to succeed and assert his authority was evident in his batting, something the former captain feels young cricketers can learn from.
“We all think Chris Gayle keeps laughing and roaming but it pinched him that he has been made to sit out. These are the things to see and learn from. IPL is just too much competition,” Sourav Ganguly said while talking to Star Sports.
Ganguly was further asked to pick his favorite moment of the IPL thus far. The BCCI boss responded by saying that while it is difficult for him to pick one moment or performance, he has been left in absolute awe by the likes of KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Shikhar Dhawan, and the pace duo of Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada.
“I think the entire tournament is wow. I can’t pick one moment from it. KL Rahul’s batting, Shikhar Dhawan’s batting, some of the fielding, Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling, the way Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada have bowled, the way Mohammad Shami has bowled. Mayank Agarwal’s batting in this format.” Ganguly signed off.