SportsMax– Fresh off scintillating knocks for Punjab Kings XI Windies star Chris Gayle insists he is happy to repay the faith shown in him by the franchise and its team mentor Virender Sehwag who may just have ‘saved the IPL.’
The 38-year-old Gayle, who was close to having no takers in the IPL draft before being swooped up by Kings XI in the third round, has certainly proved to be a bargain so far with whirlwind knocks of 63 and 104 in impressive wins for the franchise. On Wednesday Sehwag took to social media platform Twitter to joke that Gayle selection might just have saved the IPL, the West Indian agreed.
“I’m always determined. I always give it my all for whatever franchise I represent. I’m a 100 percent. Like I said, it’s a new franchise. A lot of people might say that Chris has a lot to prove – he didn’t get selected or wasn’t picked early in the auction. I think Virender Sehwag has saved IPL by picking me. This is a brilliant start,” Gayle said in a post-game interview on Thursday.
Initially, Gayle who was released by Royal Challengers Bangalore ahead of the IPL, was expected to play more of a substitute opener role for the franchise, after his performances in the last two games, however, it could be time to reconsider those terms.
“Viru said in an interview that if Chris Gayle can win us two games, we have got our money’s worth. I’d like to have another word with Viru and see what happens from thereon,” he added.