IPL 2020: Chris Gayle Recovering From Stomach Bug In Hospital

IPL 2020: Chris Gayle Recovering From Stomach Bug In Hospital

Chris Gayle
Photo Credit: Twitter/IPL.

Chris Gayle, the dashing batsman who is yet to feature in any match for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) is recovering from stomach pain in the hospital. He was supposed to play against SRH, but coach Anil Kumble of KXIP mentioned that he was down with food poisoning.

Chris Gayle is 8th on the leading run-scorers list in IPL history — and has hit the highest number of sixes- 369 and has the highest individual score of unbeaten 175 registered ever in IPL history. He has so far amassed 4484 runs in 125 matches averaging 41.13.

Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

Chris Gayle Is An Integral Part Of KXIP: Mayank Agarwal

Chris Gayle is an integral part of KXIP both as a player and a mentor according to teammate opener Mayank Agarwal who has taken openers slot for KXIP. Despite KXIP’s skipper KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal being the leading run-scorers for the franchise, they have lost as many as six matches including five back-to-back defeats, and they are languishing at the bottom of the table with just two points.

“Gayle is an integral part of KXIP whether playing or mentoring. He has been speaking to all of us, contributing in the batters’ meeting and also sharing stuff which is crucial,” Agarwal had told ANI.

“I have had great conversations with Gayle. We first played together in RCB and just watching him play and chatting is fantastic.”

Mayank Agarwal.
Mayank Agarwal. Image Credit: IPL.

“Even here he told me don’t have to do anything extraordinary, just keep trusting your skills and execute them. He asks me to go out and enjoy the game. Before the last game he said you are batting great and just look to get into good batting positions.”

“If you are striking well, make sure you continue scoring runs. These are just a few of the many good things he keeps saying. He is just not helping me, but a lot of the batsmen,” he added.

KL Rahul had so far amassed 387 runs in seven matches averaging 64.5 while his opening partner Mayank Agarwal is 2nd in the list with 337 runs in seven matches averaging 48.14. Both have scored centuries which no other cricketers have achieved till date.

Chris Gayle Is Self Proclaimed Universe Boss And Is An Entertainer

‘Universe Boss’ left-handed batsman Chris Gayle is an entertainer both on and off the field. He played for Royal Challengers Bangalore previously following which made a quiet move to Kings XI Punjab in 2018.

KL Rahul And Chris Gayle
KL Rahul And Chris Gayle. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

He made an immediate impact in both 2018 and 2019 scoring 368 and 490 runs respectively averaging a shade more than 40 on both occasions. He was on the verge of getting his record 7th IPL century in 2019 but remained stranded on 99. But he is yet to play a single match in IPL 2020.