Kings XI Punjab opener Chris Gayle has stated that the names that matter at RCB had actually called and told him that they wanted to have him in the team for IPL 2018, but that did not turn out to be the case.
“I was their biggest draw. It was disappointing from that end, because they had called me. They wanted me in the team and I was told that I will be retained. But they never called back after that. So that gave me the impression that they didn’t want me and it’s fine,” Gayle told The Times of India in an interview.
Gayle struggled for runs in the 2016 and 2017 editions, and initially even went unsold at the auction, before being grabbed by Kings XI Punjab. The 38-year-old has already scored over 250 runs for the team with a hundred to his name.
“As I said, I can’t fight with anyone. I think I had a wonderful CPL and BPL, where I scored two centuries for my side Rangpur Riders. The stats don’t lie: 21 centuries, most number of sixes. If that doesn’t put a stamp on brand Chris Gayle, I don’t know what will,” he said in the TOI interview.
--By A Cricket Correspondent