IPL 2020: Chris Gayle hit 99 for Kings XI Punjab against Rajasthan Royals.© BCCI/IPL
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) batsman Chris Gayle’s gutsy knock went in useless as Rajasthan Royals chased down the target on Friday but skipper KL Rahul praised the ‘Universe Boss” and said it wasn’t easy to bat on a “sticky” wicket. KXIP’s run-scoring was once in large part powered by Gayle as he smashed 99 runs off 63 balls. The “Universe Boss” also completed 1000 sixes in the T20 cricket. On the other hand, an all-round batting performance helped the Royals sealed a seven-wicket win over KXIP here at Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Friday.
Rahul said the way Gayle batted no one will ever say he’s 41 years old. The skipper also said that the “Universe Boss” is a big a part of their French room.
“I thought we were 10-15 runs ahead of a par score. We’ve seen scores here before and 160-170 was once what we determined to be a winning complete. After losing Mandeep early, I and Chris felt like the wicket wasn’t an easy one to bat on. Numerous credit goes to Chris. I do not believe anyone except for Chris would’ve been ready to bat like that on a sticky wicket and give us the most efficient chance to win the game,” said Rahul in the post-match press convention.
“I have said this before, he (Gayle) is a big a part of our French room, and to have somebody like that is very very inspiring. He helps to keep the French room positive and there’s a large number of fun happening when Chris is batting. No one will say he is 41. He still looks like the Gayle when he first burst out in the IPL,” he added.
Rahul also feels that the dew factor had a role to play as it became easy to bat in the second one innings.
“One of the most big reasons why the Royals could bat their way was once the dew factor. Not taking anything absent from their batters. They did put pressure on our bowlers and used the powerplay efficiently,” said Rahul
“Each and every batsman who came in started striking the ball and hitting boundaries. It worked for them and dew was once a big reason in the back of that,” he added.
KXIP are still alive in the playoff race as they’re at fourth spot with 12 points in 13 games just above Rajasthan Royals (12 points) courtesy of better net run-rate. They’re going to next take on Chennai Super Kings in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, November 1.
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