‘Wherever he bats, he’s dangerous’, says Rahul on Gayle
Many eyebrows had been raised when West Indies hard-hitter batsman Chris Gayle came to bat at no. 3 against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) yesterday in Sharjah. But after the match, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) captain KL Rahul clarified the matter.
Rahul said that the left-handed batsman took it as a challenge and he’s dangerous at any position in the batting order.
“Wherever he bats, he’s dangerous. He’s taken it up as a challenge as well. He’ll still be intimidating,”
Punjab opted for KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal again as the opening pair against RCB. Because of the pair had been the most successful opening pair in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL). However, they’re successful again as they made 78-run partnership against Virat Kohli’s team.
However, Gayle’s performance didn’t change even batting at no. 3. He scored 53 runs off 45 balls with 1 four and 5 sixes. He also made a winning partnership of 93 runs with Rahul which gave an easy victory for KXIP by 8 wickets.
Rahul revealed after the match that dropping Gayle wasn’t an easy task for the team management, also it made ‘Universal Boss’ hungrier for runs.
“He’s (Gayle) not been feeling well in the last couple of weeks. But, he is hungry even at 41. He always wanted to play from the first day. He was training hard, he wanted be out on the park. It was a tough call to make and not make him play. It’s important to keep the lion hungry,” Rahul said.