Punjab Kings (PBKS) batsman Chris Gayle has decided to pull out from the remainder of IPL 2021 citing fatigue due to staying in the bio-bubble for a long time, and to “mentally recharge and refresh myself” for the T20 World Cup.
Chris Gayle has been in the bio-bubbles for months – for West Indies’ home series against Australia, South Africa, and Pakistan; then playing franchise cricket in the CPL 2021 and the second half of the IPL 2021.
The bubble life will continue for another couple of months as the T20 World Cup, to be played in Oman and the UAE, will start just a few days after the IPL 2021 will conclude. Hence, the left-hander has taken this decision.
“Over the last few months, I have been a part of the CWI bubble, CPL bubble followed by the IPL bubble, and I wish to mentally recharge and refresh myself,” Chris Gayle said.
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Chris Gayle Scored 193 Runs In IPL 2021:
Chris Gayle scored 193 runs in 10 games for PBKS this season. He averaged 21.44, while striking at 125.32, with the best score of 46.
He didn’t start for Punjab in the second leg of the season against Rajasthan Royals. But after an embarrassing loss, Chris Gayle returned to the side and featured versus Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians.
KL Rahul’s side have been struggling for consistency this season. They are currently placed 6th in the points table having acquired 8 points in 11 matches. They will meet Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday in Dubai.
West Indies, the defending champions, are clubbed alongside England, Australia, South Africa, and two other teams who will qualify from Round 1 through to the Super 12 stage, in the T20 World Cup. They will start their campaign against England on October 23 in Dubai.