Gayle flexible over Kings XI batting role

Sports

Gayle flexible over Kings XI batting role

Monday, October 19, 2020

Print this page Email A Friend!


SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (CMC) — Veteran Twenty20 (T20) superstar Chris Gayle says he is open to playing any role in the batting order for Kings XI Punjab in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).

The 41-year-old, who has scored the bulk of his 13,000 plus runs in T20s in the opening slot, has struggled to break into the side this season due to success of the opening pair of KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal.

In his first match of the season on Thursday, however, Gayle struck 53 off 45 deliveries, batting at number three, helping Kings XI to their second win of the season – an eight-wicket verdict over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

“It was a good innings. My first innings in IPL [this season],” said the left-hander who is the record-holder for runs in T20s with 13,349.

“The team asked me to do a job [at three], and I delivered. It wasn't an issue. The openers have been really batting well right throughout the tournament, so we didn't want to trouble that [partnership].

“I accepted the job, delivered tonight and I'm thankful everybody got the chance to see a bit of Chris, but the win was more so important for the team.”

Gayle has been one of the most dominant batsmen in the IPL's history with 4,537 runs, six hundreds and an average of 41, leaving him eighth on the all-time list of tournament run-scorers.

After several successful seasons at RCB, Gayle was released and picked up by Kings XI, and last season showed he had lost little of his touch in gathering 490 runs at an average of 40, along with four fifties.

However, with Captain Rahul amassing 448 runs and Agarwal, 382, there has been no room for the charismatic Jamaican, but he said the time on the sidelines had done him well.

“I thought it was important to keep fit. To be honest, I didn't want to be on the bench but I was enjoying it. It kind of helped,” Gayle explained.

“Apart from the sickness, I was beginning to get more fitter – get the six-pack going, the beach body going. I'll keep on doing work, and hopefully we'll win the next game.”

Kings XI have struggled this season, however, and currently lie bottom of the eight-team standings on four points from just two wins in eight outings.


Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at http://bit.ly/epaper-login


ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT