Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) showed their extraordinary performance in the last few weeks of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. However, KXIP lost six matches out of the first seven matches, but last week they showed impressive performance as they defeated table-toppers Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Delhi Capitals in successive matches.
Yesterday KXIP won a commendable victory against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 12 runs. The coincided is that with the return of the ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle, KXIP returned to form, and he revitalized the KXIP batting department.
The God of cricket Sachin Tendulkar has also noticed it and suggested that Chris Gayle has brought a lot of energy to the KXIP team.
According to India Today, Sachin Tendulkar said in a video on his social media, “Well, Chris Gayle has brought a lot of energy in the team, and there are certain players with the way they play, their style, the statement they make with the hard-hitting shots. It has a positive impact on the team, and that is exactly what has happened. Although I know KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal have been batting well. Nicholas Pooran is another dangerous guy, and the addition of Chris Gayle makes a dangerous batting line-up.”
“So, it is not over yet. In this format, you never know; you only need the momentum to take you forward, and Chris Gayle has managed to do that for the team, and with the other guys in the team, it is not over yet for Kings XI Punjab. The energy that the dressing room brings after the victories, three back to back victories is infectious,” Sachin Tendulkar said further.
Just because Chris Gayle is a power hitter that doesn’t take away the sharp brain he possesses, reckons Tendulkar. However, Sachin feels the explosive West Indies batsman is one of the smartest cricketers around.
Tendulkar further said in his video that “When it comes to Chris Gayle, people only talk about his big-hitting that everyone knows. Many guys don’t know one thing that Gayle is a very very smart player. He is a big-hitter no doubt, but he is a smart player and a clever guy.”
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