With the fast-approaching 11th edition of the Indian Premier League, every cricketer is trying their bit to stay cheerful and in a right frame of mind. On Wednesday (April 4), the Universe Boss – Chris Gayle shared a video in which the Punjabi munda Yuvraj Singh can be seen dancing to the peppy tunes while Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin is looking a bit shy.
Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Gayle posted the uplifting video wherein he can be seen sporting the KXIP jersey and having a good laugh at the moves of Yuvraj Singh.
“3 Kings ????????????” Gayle wrote in the caption of the video.
In a shock to many Gayle had gone unsold in the first two round of IPL auction in January. However, the swashbuckling opener heaved a sigh of relief in the third and final round as Kings XI Punjab secured him by expending INR 2 crores.
Gayle, who wasn’t retained by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for IPL 2018, put his name in the auction with a base price of 2 crores. He was one of the 16 marquee players who took part in the auction.
Gayle will now get an opportunity to play alongside Aaron Finch, R Ashwin and Yuvraj Singh in IPL 2018. As far as Gayle’s IPL stats are concerned – the 38-year-old has 3626 runs in 101 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*. The Jamaica-born opener has hit 265 sixes and 294 fours in the tournament, playing for Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore since 2008.
Kings XI Punjab haven’t performed to their potential in the cash-rich league thus far. In the 10-year long history of the tournament, KXIP have qualified only twice in the playoffs. It will be interesting to see how the combination of new players will fare for the Punjab based franchise in IPL 2018.