The self-proclaimed ‘Universe Bos’, Chris Gayle has been known for entertaining his fans with his hilarious antics on the cricket field. Ahead of the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL), Gayle was seen juggling the ball at the edge of the boundary during the practice session of Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and the video was clandestinely shot by KXIP where Gayle can be seen apparent landing beyond the rope, while he is still in contact with the ball, is out of the frame.
Captioning the video of the same on Twitter, KXIP wrote: “People who think that’s a six can reply to this tweet” and the replies were restricted to the only person tagged in the tweet.
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) September 7, 2020
In a show of athleticism that defies his age, the 40-year-old Gayle managed to catch the ball, bobs over the rope but not before releasing the ball in the air, regains his balance, came back to the playing area, and completed his catch successfully. The celebration after is captured neatly but it’s the legality of the catch was quite dicey after a smart bit of camerawork that may not work in a match.
Gayle has amassed as many as 4484 runs in the IPL from 125 matches at a strike rate of 151.02 and holds the record for the highest individual score in the tournament – 175* for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) against Pune Warriors in 2013.
Chris Gayle played a crucial role for the Bangalore-based franchise, where he forged an opening partnership with his current skipper at KXIP, KL Rahul, until before the 2018 season when the franchise let go of him.
The IPL 2020 is scheduled to be commencing on September 19 and KXIP play their first match against Delhi Capitals (DC) on September 20 in Dubai.