IPL auctions: Kings XI Punjab gets Chris Gayle for Rs 2 crore

Chris Gayle, who remained unsold in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auctions, finally found a taker in Kings XI Punjab, which brought him on board for Rs 2 crore--his base price.

West Indies batsman Chris Gayle finally found a taker in Kings XI.   -  Getty Images

Chris Gayle, who remained unsold in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auctions, finally found a taker in Kings XI Punjab, which brought him on board for Rs 2 crore--his base price. The big-hitting West Indies batsman, who found no takers on the first day, was once again put up for auction on the second day. But that could not change his fortunes as none of the franchises showed interest in the West Indies batsman. Only in the third attempt was he picked by Kings XI.

The West Indies star batsman had previously played for Royal Challengers Bangalore, and was one of the major batsmen for the side. This is, however, not the first time that Gayle went unsold in the auctions. After being unsold initially in 2011, Gayle was roped in by Royal Challengers Bangalore after Dirk Nannes suffered an injury.

The West Indies batsman holds the record of hitting the most number of sixes in IPL history to his name — 265. He also has five hundreds, the most by any batsman, in nine seasons of the T20 competiton. In 101 matches, Gayle has scored 3626 runs with an average of 41.20.

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