Kings XI Punjab fans are in for a treat. The team’s top order, which was already strong with the likes of Aaron Finch, K.L. Rahul and Karun Nair, will now see the addition of Chris Gayle, to make it one of the most formidable line ups of the league. Fans will be drooling at the prospect of seeing the aggressive pair of Aaron Finch and Chris Gayle opening the batting. Both are known to dominate the bowling from the first ball and this news will have bowlers shaking in their boots.
And it’s not like the other teams didn’t have ample opportunity to pick up the southpaw. His name came up twice during the auction and he went unsold on both occasions. Kings XI Punjab, who were patiently building the rest of their squad till then, swooped in the third time his name came up and picked him up for the 2 crore base price to add the final malai on top of the lassi. Not one to forget easily, Gayle will without doubt get his revenge for this snub and wreak havoc on the opposition bowlers. After all, he is a Punjabi now and you never want to get on a Punjabi’s the wrong side.
Kolkata dumped Gayle, he smashed a century against them in his comeback match.....— Mohit (@mohitv901) January 28, 2018
Beware RCB, the boss is back in the business..#IPLAuction
Gayle holds a number of records in T20s including the highest individual score in the history of the VIVO Indian Premier League, most sixes hit by a single player (overshadowing the second player in line by more than 90 sixes), most sixes in a single innings and many others. Basically, when the Gayle storm blows, records fall and so do the opponents. This storm will be seen guarding the Mohali and Indore fortresses this season so teams better beware.
The balance of the KXIP side in this edition will give the quick scoring batsman the freedom he needs to go after the bowlers without worrying about sticking around till the end as the team has a number of players who can anchor the innings in the middle overs. Gayle fits perfectly into the scheme of things for Punjab this year and will undoubtedly give the Kings many reasons to party in the coming season. Saddi Gayle maan lo!