Rahul: ‘Gayle is back and it is bad news for other teams’

Gayle, playing his first game of the season, smashed his second fastest IPL 50, off 22 balls, to lay the foundation for KXIP’s thrilling four-run win over CSK, on Sunday night.

Not so long ago, Chris Gayle went unsold in the auction, twice, before KXIP picked him up for a base price of ₹2 crore.   -  PTI

Aggression is the new ‘mantra’ for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). Moreover, with Chris Gayle coming good, in his comeback match, for his new franchise, there is no better advertisement for its new brand of cricket.

As Gayle said, “It is good to be back. I found out I was playing through a text message. Grabbed the opportunity and got the runs. The batting will always be there until I call it quits. Anything can happen as a batter. I was looking forward to having a hit and it worked. I was the last moment pick. These things do happen. Nothing can ever bother me. I am easy going. However, the important thing is that I am here and the fans get to see the ‘Universe Boss’. The confidence will never leave. I will take that to my grave.”

Gayle’s former opening partner from Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), K.L. Rahul was also all praise for the man, who makes hitting sixes and fours look so easy.

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“We all know he’s a player who can win games single-handedly and demolish attacks on his day. That’s what he did. We want him and expect him to continue this form forward, and be consistent and get a lot of runs for us. If he gets going, there is no stopping him.”

Talking about the aggression, seen at the top of the order, in two of three outings, for Kings XI, so far, Rahul said, “The plan is very clear. The batsmen keep going for the boundary options and keep looking to get runs. We’ve said this before the tournament started that that’s the kind of cricket we want to play."

Looking ahead, Rahul maintained, “Our plans are very simple – whichever team we are playing, we’ll try to play aggressive cricket. With the bat, we’ll look to get runs and with the ball, we’ll try to get a couple of wickets early, because that’s the only way you can stop the run flow against any team.”

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