The self-proclaimed ‘Universe Boss’, Chris Gayle appeared relaxed even as he failed to make it to the playing XI Kings XI Punjab’s (KXIP) Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 opener against Delhi Capitals (DC) at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday. Gayle was seen doing an impromptu dance on the team bus as they made their way to the stadium on Sunday.
Chris Gayle was filmed by left-arm spinner Harpreet Brar as the West Indies legend was seen chilling with the youngster. Sporting a face mask, Gayle was is no mood of leaving any stone unturned with his dancing from the last row of the team bus. KXIP took to social media to share the clip, highlighting how the southpaw opener was relaxed on their first matchday of IPL 2020.
KL Rahul, in his first match as KXIP skipper, made the big call of leaving out Chris Gayle from the playing XI. Glenn Maxwell, Sheldon Cottrell, Nicholas Pooran, and Chris Jordan were the four overseas players for KXIP.
Here is the video of the dance:
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Chris Gayle is expected to keep the mood in the KXIP camp light. The veteran, who was picked up by the Punjab-based franchise at his base price for ₹2 crores ahead of IPL 2018, will be crucial to the team’s chances even though he was not part of their plans for the first match. Gayle, 40, has been a consistent performer at KXIP, scoring 490 runs last year and 368 in his maiden season with the franchise in 2018.
KXIP’s newly-appointed head coach Anil Kumble said during the IPL 2020 that he would want Gayle to play a mentor-cum-player role, considering the number of youngsters in the franchise.
Kumble elaborated, “Chris has a major role even as player and even otherwise. His leadership, his experience, the youngsters look up to him. It is not just Chris the batsman we are looking at but Chris in a leadership role in terms of his contribution to developing young players. I want him to be active on the mentorship role.”