Gayle reveals one of the best openers in cricket
Kings XI Punjab player Chris Gayle showered his praise on his fellow team opener KL Rahul highlighting that he gets along well with him between the wickets. What really stands out between both of them is great communication and Gayle is comfortable batting with him.
Speaking to Rahul after team’s victory against CSK in Mohali on May 5, Chris Gayle said KL Rahul is one of the best opening batsmen that he has come across in the game of cricket. It really feels great to hear those words from Gayle.
Batting first, CSK managed to secure 170, after which KXIP aced the target of 171 with 2 overs to spare. Thanks to match-winning knock by KL Rahul, who batted brilliantly as he scored 71 off 36 balls, with a strike rate of 197.22.
“You’re one of the best opening partners I’ve had,” Gayle told KL Rahul in a chat after the match. “Our communication between the wickets’ was fantastic.”
Gayle also wished KL, big things for Indian cricket for his future endeavours.
“You saw me as a 21-year old boy in the RCB (Royal Challengers Bangalore),” Rahul replied. “I’ve learned so much from him (Gayle) as an opening batsman, and I remember still, from then to now, he’s not said anything different, is always about holding your shape, and that’s been so important for any batsman. I’ve learned so much from him, and we’ve enjoyed playing together.”
KL Rahul brought the best out of him this IPL
KL Rahul has been quite impressive for his franchise after having scored 593 runs in 14 games, striking the balls at 135.38 with an average of 135.38. He hogged the limelight when he struck an unbeaten ton against Mumbai Indians (MI) on April 10.
Chris Gayle scored 490 runs in 13 games in this IPL, averaging 40.83 with a strike rate of 153.6 and his best score being 99* came against RCB on April 13.
KL Rahul is the second highest run-scorer in IPL 2019 only behind SunRisers Hyderabad’s David Warner, who amassed 692 runs and Chris Gayle comes 5th in the list of the most runs scored in the 12th edition of IPL.
Gayle and Rahul have been the openers for KXIP since the start of IPL 2019. The duo didn’t disappoint the fans as they had two outstanding 100-run partnerships in IPL, the first one came against Mumbai Indians on April 10 when they constructed a flamboyant 116-run stand and the second one being 108 against CSK on May 5.