Chris Gayle, West Indian T20 specialist batsman, and some words of wisdom for his Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) after they were eliminated from IPL 2020. Chris Gayle played some match-winning knocks for KXIP and offered some solace to the dejected KXIP players after their dream to make it to the playoffs came crashing in their quest to win maiden IPL.
The Anil Kumble coached side finished sixth in the points table after losing to Chennai Super Kings in their final league game of the season. Had KXIP won that game, they had a slender chance to qualify for the play-offs.
Chris Gayle: IPL Should Teach Teammates About Life’s Ups And Downs
KXIP had a roller-coaster of a season under the leadership of new skipper KL Rahul taking over ruins from Ravichandran Ashwin. Having achieved just one victory from their first seven games, KXIP came back strongly to win five matches on the trot. It seemed that the KL Rahul & Co. would qualify for the playoffs after getting the momentum in their favour.
However, Chris Gayle who started playing for the franchise in the latter half of the tournament, cheered his teammates up before everyone left and encouraged them to come back strongly next season.
“For me, it is a sad ending to the IPL, but you guys shouldn’t let IPL break you. Actually, it should make you, teach you about life. That’s the nature of cricket anyway. Cricket teaches you about life, ups and downs, you know it’s all in the game,” Gayle was seen telling his teammates in the KXIP dressing room in a video posted by the franchise on its Twitter handle.
“Just a special thanks to each and everyone for the support,” Gayle added.
Chris Gayle didn’t play initial matches but played in later matches as KXIP won 5 matches on a trot since his inclusion in playing XI before suffering defeats. Chris Gayle has 288 runs in 7 games averaging 41.44 with 3 fifties and missed out to score a record 7th century in IPL being dismissed on 99 by Jofra Archer of Rajasthan Royals.
KL Rahul: Proud Of KXIP And Will Come Back Stronger
Skipper Lokesh Rahul who is the leading run-getter in the tournament so far and the biggest contender for the Orange Cap of the season by being leading run-scorer said he was proud of the team.
“Really proud of the way we played. Will come back stronger next year and we will see some happy faces again,” said Rahul, who was appointed vice-captain of India’s limited-overs teams recently.
“It has been a difficult year, tough year. That’s how the game goes, that’s how the IPL is. Let’s take it on our chin and come back stronger next year,” Rahul told his teammates.
KL Rahul has scored 670 runs in 14 games at a staggering average of 55.83 with one ton and five fifties and is leading run-scorer so far in IPL 2020. Mayank Agarwal is second among KXIP batsmen with 424 runs in 11 matches averaging 38.54 with one century and two fifties.