Chris Gayle can finally breathe a sigh of relief as he was bought by Kings XI Punjab in the final round of the IPL 2018 auction.
Gayle, who wasn’t retained by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for the IPL 2018, put his name in the auction. He was one of the 16 marquee players to be auctioned first on Day one but was unable to find a buyer at his base price of Rs 2 cr.
Gayle has scored 3626 runs in 103 matches with a strike rate of 151.20 and average of 41.20. He has 5 hundreds in the tournament and has the highest score in IPL and T20 cricket of 175*. He has hit 265 sixes and 294 fours in the tournament, playing for Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore since 2008.
He moved to RCB in 2012, when he was released by KKR after missing the 2011 season due to injury.
Chris Gayle, now 38 years-old, has been battling fitness issues and went unsold in the first two rounds of the IPL 2018 auctions. He was finally bought by KXIP in the last round of the auction when 15 players were recalled by the franchises.
He will turn out with the likes of Aaron Finch, R Ashwin and Yuvraj Singh in IPL 2018 for KXIP.