Chris Gayle might be tormenting oppositions in the Indian Premier League, but Gayle has wounds that shall take time to heal. While the franchises shocked cricket fans across the world by ignoring the Universe Boss in the initial rounds, Kings XI Punjab picked him up for his base price. Gayle Reveals RCB Told Him He Would be Retained at IPL Auction But Gayle has revealed that his former franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore had promised to retain him before they decided to do a U-turn at the auction.
“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. 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,” Gayle told the Times of India.
Winning this IPL and taking West Indies to glory in the 2019 World Cup are his two major goals. “Just two things: winning the IPL this year and the World Cup for West Indies next year,” he said. “I believe West Indies have a big chance of winning the World Cup in 2019. I know we struggled in the qualifiers but now that we’ve made it, our next aim is to win it. But right now it’s definitely the IPL. KXIP have never won it. Our owner Preity Zinta is so fantastic, so enthusiastic. The way she roots for her players is just amazing and I think she needs to lift the IPL trophy this year.”