NEW DELHI April 20: West Indies player Chris Gayle has thanked new franchise’s director of cricket operations Virender Sehwag for saving the Indian Premier League.
Gayle had been released by Royal Challengers Bangalore – who with 3420 runs from 91 matches stands at second in their all-time table – before January’s IPL player auction, and on day one of the auction had gone unsold. On the second day, KXIP made a bid for him and got the record-setting Jamaican for his base price of Rs 2 crore. He did not play KXIP’s first two matches of IPL 11, but when he got a chance in the third one he made an immediate mark with 63 off 33 balls.
Now, following Thursday’s rollicking century – his 21st in T20 cricket – Gayle has ensured that fitness permitting, he will play all of KXIP’s remaining matches.