The Indian opener, Mayank Agarwal has continued his series of interviews in a chat show ‘Open nets with Mayank’, caught up with his Indian Premier League (IPL) teammates KL Rahul and Chris Gayle. During the chat, Rahul and Gayle reminisced some of their best knocks in the IPL. KL Rahul, who was named Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) skipper for the 13th edition of the lucrative league, recalled a game from 2018 when the West Indies batsman had hit an unbeaten hundred against SunRisers Hyderabad.
Talking to Mayank, Rahul said, “I remember in 2018, he (Gayle) was really hungry, he wanted that season, he was angry. He told me we’re playing SunRisers and he said ‘if Rashid Khan comes on, I’m gonna finish him because I don’t like a spinner coming in and staring me down’.”
In that game, Gayle hit Rashid Khan for four consecutive sixes in the 14th over. The ‘self-proclaimed’ Universe Boss amassed as many as 104 runs in just 63 balls with the help of 11 sixes and a four.
In that season, KL Rahul was third-highest run-scorer in the tournament but the Punjab-based franchise failed to qualify for the playoffs as they finished seventh on the points table after the group stage.
Mayank also asked Chris Gayle about his fitness regime during the ongoing forced break from cricket. The West Indies opener jokingly said that he will be fitter than Floyd Mayweather and John Cena. Gayle replied, “I’m gonna be fitter than Floyd Mayweather and John Cena.”
All three players could have been seen representing Kings XI Punjab in the 13th edition of IPL but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) postponed the tournament until further notice.