IPL 2018:Chris Gayle revealed RCB wanted to retain him

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No team moved a muscle when Chris Gayle’s name was called by auctioneer Richard Medley on two occasions at the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) Player Auction. Eventually, it was Kings XI Punjab who purchased the big-hitting Jamaican at the past moment for his base price of Rs. 2 crore. “I will be honest in admitting so it was very surprising for me personally to not get picked by any team. I don’t understand what went behind closed doors but I also recognize that these specific things happen. It’s only the way it is. But it’s fine. I’ve managed to move on from it. Like I said, it’s a great possibility to be playing for King XI Punjab (KXIP) and up to now I’ve had a good time. Perhaps it absolutely was supposed to take place, you know. King Gayle; destined to be playing for Kings XI Punjab,” Gayle told Times of India within an interview.

No team moved a muscle when Chris Gayle’s name was called by auctioneer Richard Medley on two occasions at the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) Player Auction. Eventually, it was Kings XI Punjab who purchased the big-hitting Jamaican at the past moment for his base price of Rs. 2 crore. “I will be honest in admitting so it was very surprising for me personally to not get picked by any team. I don’t understand what went behind closed doors but I also recognize that these specific things happen. It’s only the way it is. But it’s fine. I’ve managed to move on from it. Like I said, it’s a great possibility to be playing for King XI Punjab (KXIP) and up to now I’ve had a good time. Perhaps it absolutely was supposed to take place, you know. King Gayle; destined to be playing for Kings XI Punjab,” Gayle told Times of India within an interview.

Gayle had kicked off his IPL career with Kolkata Knight Riders and proceeded to represent the Kolkata side for 36 months (2008, 2009 and 2010). The entire year 2011 saw Gayle receiving a call from Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) who had named him a replacement injured Dirk Nannes.

In his seven-year stay at RCB, Gayle scored 3,163 runs at typically 43.33 and a strike-rate of 152.7. He didn’t have had a good run with bat in 2017 as he could average just 22.22 in the tournament.

As a result of his poor show, RCB do not wthhold the star batsman in 2018.

Gayle said that RCB officials have been in touch with him prior to the auction and said they wanted him in the team, but he never heard back from anyone.

“Not’among ‘. I was their biggest draw. It was disappointing from that end, because they’d called me. They wanted me in the team and I was told that I will be retained. However they never called back after that. In order that gave me the impression they didn’t want me and it’s fine. As I said, I can’t fight with anyone. I do believe I’d an excellent CPL and BPL – where I scored two centuries for my side Rangpur Riders. The stats don’t lie: 21 centuries, most amount of sixes. If that doesn’t put a stamp on brand Chris Gayle, I don’t know what’ll,” Gayle said.

KXIP’s decision to choose Gayle for IPL 2018 has recently paid rich dividends.

Along with his swashbuckling batting, Gayle has proved his detractors wrong and shown them why he is known as the’Universe Boss ‘.

The West Indies’star player has smashed 252 runs in four matches at typically 126.

“I don’t know if I’ve actually proved them wrong. There are always likely to be doubters but at the same time I didn’t have anything to prove. My records speak for themselves. Even though I was selected in the last round of the auction, I wasn’t really worried about it. Even though it absolutely was the end of it, there is life… a life beyond cricket, beyond the IPL. At some stage, you are going to leave from the IPL and other designs of cricket. So I was never too intrigued. This is one way I’ve been, residing in the present. But given the sense that I was found and playing for a new franchise, it absolutely was very pleasing. And the way I’ve played in the first three games, I do believe it’s been fantastic. I’m happy with where I’m at,” Gayle said.

SOURCE: ndtv

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