IPL 2018: KL Rahul Reveals How Chris Gayle Once Demolished Sunrisers Hyderabad

IPL 2018: KL Rahul Reveals How Chris Gayle Once Demolished Sunrisers Hyderabad

Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, IPL 2019
Gayle and Rahul. Photo Credit: BCCI.

Kings XI Punjab’s skipper, KL Rahul has revealed how Chris Gayle once demolished Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in IPL 2018 and how KL Rahul was left impressed by Gayle’s mentality. KL Rahul was talking about the Kings XI Punjab vs Sunrisers Hyderabad match in IPL 2018 in which Gayle slammed his sixth IPL ton to single-handedly take KXIP to victory.

Rahul, who had opened with Gayle in that match, said the West Indian had vouched to attack Rashid Khan as he did not like the leg-spinner staring at him. Gayle had batted through scoring 102 off 63 balls leading KXIP to 193/3 batting first. Like promised the West Indian had taken apart Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan, smashing him for 42 off 16 balls at a strike rate of 262.50.

Chris Gayle, Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2019
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Now, KL Rahul has revealed how Gayle had already decided to take on Rashid Khan and demolished him once he set sight on the spinner.

KL Rahul Reveals How Chris Gayle Demolished Sunrisers Hyderabad In IPL 2018

I remember one instance in 2018, he (Chris Gayle) was hungry, he was angry, and he wanted to win. We had a match against the Sunrisers, and he told me, ‘If Rashid Khan comes on, I am gonna finish him because I don’t like a spinner coming and staring me down. If he stares at me, I am going to finish him’,” KL Rahul said in a conversation with Mayank Agarwal and Gayle on Open Nets with ‘Mayank’ chat show posted by IPL on their website.

KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Ravichandran Ashwin
Image Credits: IPL

Rahul further added that Gayle urged him to give the strike as he wanted to take on Rashid Khan, who was SRH’s main strike bowler along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

“He (Gayle) said, ‘Give me the single, I want to play six balls against Rashid Khan’. And I think that’s the first time I saw Chris’ give-me-this attitude. He had a clear plan and I think he got a hundred that game,” said Rahul. “You can just tell when he is in the zone.”

Speculations Intensify Over IPL 2020 Future

IPL 2020 was scheduled to start from March 29, but due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the BCCI postponed it until April 15. As the nationwide lockdown extended in India, BCCI suspended IPL 2020 Indefinitely. Now, with the situation worsening, it seems a huge possibility that IPL stands nothing but cancelled this year.

IPL Trophy. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

On April 10, latest reports suggested that the BCCI is probing into the July window to conduct the IPL and it could take place behind closed doors. However, all hopes once again vanished as the BCCI suspended the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 indefinitely in the light of the coronavirus pandemic. With COVID-19 victims toll rising in India, cricket returning to India seems a possibility far from reality.

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