Chris Gayle, the 41-year-old self-styled ‘universe boss’ who recovered from a stomach bug recently played his first game for Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, on Thursday smashed five sixes in his 45-balls knock to announce his arrival in the United Arab Emirates.
The Franchise had seen some splendid performances at number three to put on a key 93-run partnership with skipper KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal, who made an unbeaten 61, as Punjab chased down 172 to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by eight wickets in Sharjah.
Gayle smashed 53 runs in 45 balls and was the match winner for his team. After reaching his half century, Gayle was seen pointing towards ‘THE BOSS’ sign on his bat.
“It is the universe Boss batting; how can I be nervous?” the left handed said after the win. “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 very sticky surface, very slow, but it was better batting second. Team asked me to do a job at 3 and it wasn’t an issue. Openers been batting well throughout the tournament and we didn’t want to disturb that. Like I said I was given a job and took it,” Gayle said on why he came to bat at no.3.
On Gayle’s first appearance after seven games, Rahul said “He was training hard, he wanted to be out on the park. It was though call to make and not make him play. It’s important to keep the lion hungry. Whatever he bats, he’s dangerous”.
Speaking on his fitness Gayle said, “I thought it was important to keep fit, I don’t like being on the bench but I was enjoying it and apart from that sickness I have been getting fitter,” he added.