It was quite horrifying not only for Chris Gayle but also for his fans around the globe to watch the Jamaican giant missed out a calling from any single franchise during the India Premier League auction 2018. Despite being marquee listed, no one bid for Gayle in the first day of the auction, lately he was kindly picked by Kings XI Punjab at the last moment of the closing session.
Reminiscing the sad moments, the self-proclaimed ‘Universe Boss’ uttered, “I was their biggest draw. It was disappointing from that end, because they (RCB) had called me. They wanted me in the team and I was told that I will be retained. But they never called back after that. So that gave me the impression that they didn’t want me and its fine.”
“I’ll be honest in admitting that it was very surprising for me to not get picked by any team. I don’t know what went behind closed doors but I also understand that these things happen. It’s just the way it is. But it’s fine. I’ve moved on from it,” Gayle said when he was asked about his performances in the season so far.
“Like I said, it’s a great opportunity to be playing for King XI Punjab and so far I’ve had a great time. Perhaps it was supposed to happen, you know. King Gayle; destined to be playing for Kings XI Punjab,” he added.
“Just two things: winning the IPL this year and the World Cup for West Indies next year. I believe West Indies have a big chance of winning the World Cup in 2019,” Gayle said in an interview with Times of India.