Team asked me to do a job at 3 and it wasn’t an issue, insists Chris Gayle
The former West Indies cricketer, Chris Gayle has finally played a game in the ongoing season of Indian Premier League (IPL). However, he has not opened the batting for his franchise. He batted at number three as their openers were doing a good job for the franchise. He said that he was not nervous when his team needed 2 runs in the final over.
Coming to the match, the skipper of RCB, Virat Kohli decided to bat first at Sharjah after winning the toss against Kings XI Punjab. Though their openers provided them with a decent start, the middle-order batsmen of RCB could not utilize it.
After losing the wickets of both the openers, the skipper of RCB made such a surprising decision not sending AB de Villiers at number 4. Instead of de Villiers, the left-handers like Washington Sundar and Shivam Dube was promoted up the order.
With both Sundar and Dube failed to grab the opportunities and lost their wickets cheaply, de Villiers came to crease but has scored just 2 runs. With the help of Virat’s 48 off 39, his franchise posted a decent total of 171 on their board.
While chasing a target of 172, the openers of KXIP provided them with a brisk start in the powerplay. Mayank Agarwal took the responsibility and smashed the RCB bowlers all around the park before getting dismissed by Chahal.
However, the partnership between KL Rahul and Chris Gayle reduced the confidence levels of RCB bowlers. Though Gayle started his inning slowly, he launched an attack later on the bowlers of RCB.
When everyone thought that the game would be finished inside the 18th over, the RCB bowlers put the pressure on KXIP batsmen and took the game to the 20th over. When they needed just 2 runs in the final over, Chahal bowled a brilliant over. However, Nicholas Pooran hit a massive six on the final ball to win the game for his franchise.
When Chris Gayle was asked whether he was nervous or not when his team needed 2 runs in the final over, he said, “Not really nervous. I mean, come on. It’s Universe Boss batting, how can I be nervous.”
“I might give you a heart attack, I thought I had it in the bag but stranger things have happened in cricket. It was a good inning, first in IPL and now I can make myself available for 2021. I can get out of the bubble now and go. It was very sticky and I thought it was better in the second innings, it was difficult for the team batting first and we got the better part of the pitch,” he continued.
“The team asked me to do a job and I deliver, openers have been batting well and we didn’t want to trouble that, Mayank and the captain have given us some good starts right through, the win was more important for the team. I thought it was important to keep fit, I don’t like being on the bench but I was enjoying it and apart from the sickness I have been getting fitter,” Gayle concluded.
Kings XI Punjab has tasted their second victory of the season and will next face Mumbai Indians on 18th October at Dubai International Stadium, Dubai.