IPL: Gayle talks about chances of winning IPL with Kings XI
Kings XI Punjab didn’t have the best of winning record against Rajasthan Royals at latter’s backyard but they broke all stereotypes by notching their first ever win in Jaipur. This victory means so much to Ravichandran Ashwin & Co. Well, despite the victory, it’s Ravi Ashwin’s mankading is doing all the talking here in the cash-rich Indian Premier League as he smartly trapped Jos Buttler out.
The home side was just 14 runs short of making an impact despite boasting a good batting line-up. Credits to Kings XI Punjab bowlers for turning things around at the right place and at the right time. Chris Gayle deserves full credit for playing a tremendous knock, an innings of which he carried out slowly and then he paced it up quite brilliantly.
Gayle’s 47-ball 79 with 8 fours and 4 sixes was so good to watch. He was playing it with such ease but Ben Stokes trapped him out with a short ball as Gayle smashed it with full force with a hope of hitting a six but Rahul Tripathi near the boundary ropes took a stellar catch. Gayle was disappointed but he made most runs for the team. He was named the man of the match for his incredible innings.
Boys want to win IPL for me: Gayle
After the team’s victory, Gayle at the post-match presentation said that he is in good form since he had a good impact against England. “This is a big ground and it is really important to score runs in the first game. I have been in a bit of form in the England series and it’s good to start off the IPL on a positive note.
What was more important is that we got a win. We just keep getting better and better. Sometimes some people will write you off but it’s still early days and I’m enjoying my cricket. Eventually, they got a better wicket to bat on but our bowlers did the job the for us.”
Gayle also praised Sarfaraz for his superb knock at the end which helped the team steer to a massive total. He said that the boys want to win IPL for the Universe Boss, referring to Gayle himself. “Sarfaraz got some runs today and it was really good. Our youngsters have a lot to offer for the team, they want to win the IPL for the Universe Boss.”