MUMBAI, Oct.16 (Reuters) – Chris Gayle has announced he is set to shine in the 2020 Indian Premier League with a crucial half-century for the Kings XI Punjab in his opening innings on Thursday, after missing the first half of the campaign due to breeding and disease issues.
The former West Indies captain, 41, is one of the most successful drummers in the Twenty20 format, but until Thursday he was unable to make the squad this season, which is played in the United Arab Emirates in due to concern over the coronavirus pandemic in India. .
The self-proclaimed “Universe Boss” hit five sixes in his 45-ball 53 before being exhausted on the penultimate ball with the scores tied on 171 against Royal Challengers Virat Kohli in Bangalore.
There was some drama in the last game with Yuzvendra Chahal, the leg spinner, conceding a run in five balls, but Gayle’s compatriot Nicholas Pooran hit a six on the last to hand over to Punjab, the last, his second victory in eight matches.
“Come on man, this is the staff of the Boss Universe, how can I be nervous? Maybe I gave you a heart attack,” Gayle, who pointed to the “The Boss” sticker on his bat after hitting fifties, told the broadcaster of the finale -about the drama.
“I thought I had it in the bag, but weird things are happening in cricket. It was a good run, my first runs and now I can complete the IPL in 2020 and make myself available for 2021. I can get out of the bubble now and go.
“It was important to stay in shape. I didn’t want to be on the bench but I liked it. I was actually starting to get fitter, put the six-pack on, the beach body on. . “
It was an unusual position for Gayle to beat at number three as the powerful southpaw was mostly an opener. He took the time to adjust but made up for his slow start with high hits later.
“The team asked me to do a job, I deliver. It was not a problem,” he said.