In a shock to many, the Universe Boss – Chris Gayle went unsold in the first two rounds of recently held IPL auction. 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 had thrown his hat into the auction ring.
Soon after KXIP’s bid on him at the last moment on Sunday (January 28), Gayle has taken the social media sites by storm. After posting a picture of himself in turban look, Gayle was seen involving in a banter with his Jamaican teammate Andre Russell during a net session on Wednesday (January 31). He started the banter saying, “This Knight Rider player can’t be a Punjabi man.”
Moving forward, Russell said that he will pull off a Punjabi ‘bhangra’ dance after smashing Gayle for a six. But the veteran Caribbean opener had a different plan as he dismissed Russell and celebrated his wicket by patting his thigh and boasting his mustache in a typical Punjabi way.
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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 swashbuckling opener has hit 265 sixes and 294 fours in the tournament, playing for Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore since 2008.