IPL 2018

Chris Gayle asks Punjab to keep playing him

blank Umid Kumar Dey
blank Umid Kumar Dey
Chris Gayle asks Punjab to keep playing him

Chris Gayle is a phenomenon. As he likes to call him, he is the Universe Boss. His name was snubbed twice in the Indian Premier League auction before Preity Zinta raised the bar and signed him for his base price of 2 crore rupees ($305,833) – which caused the representatives of the other teams to applaud the occasion.

Such is the power of the man that his mere name in the starting XI last night sent many people into a frenzy – and so did his batting. He smashed 63 from 33 balls and helped Punjab to 92 runs in the first seven overs, that eventually helped them reach a score 197.

When speaking about his performance, Gayle revealed that he was feeling younger than ever before and added that he is back.

"I've never felt so young in my entire life before. I'm feeling like (I'm) 25 (years old). The Universe Boss is back."

He also revealed that his inclusion in the starting XI was made known to him on the morning of the match via a text.

"This morning I got a text saying you'll be playing today so I grabbed the opportunity with both hands. I've been waiting patiently, (and) I've got the chance today to make the best use of it. It's good to be back."

He then went on to laud himself – something that he almost always does and something that makes him one of the most interesting characters in the game – stating that he is always looking for the boundaries and that Punjab should give the fans the Gayle-storm that they all love to see.

"That's Chris Gayle for you, once he's on the go he's not going to be looking for singles – once you have momentum you're always going to try and keep the bowler under a bit of pressure," Gayle said.

"The fact is that I'm here and the fans want to see the Universe Boss, so give the Universe Boss to the fans."

Speaking about his confidence, the big West Indian affirmed that it is going to stay with him till he breathes.

"The batting will always be there, to be honest, it won't leave the Universe Boss until I call this game quits," he said.

"(The confidence) will never leave, I'll take that to the grave."

With Finch’s consecutive golden ducks, Gayle’s place in the team has become more important as his batting suits the aggressiveness ethos that Punjab practice in their play. The Universe Boss has 11000-plus runs in the format and Punjab could actually win the title if Gayle holds his consistency.


Picture credit: BCCI


Read More

BPL 2019

Warner’s BPL journey ends abruptly

|| CF Correspondent || Australian David Warner’s Bangladesh Premier League journey is all set to end abruptly as he will fly back to Australia after the Sylhet phase to assess the

Match Report Live Score More
| Cricfrenzy

BPL 2019

Warner, Liton thrash Rangpur to end Sylhet’s losing-streak

|| CF Correspondent || An entertaining batting from skipper David Warner and opener Liton Das, much to the delight of local crowd, helped Sylhet Sixers back on winning-track as they thrashed

Match Report Live Score More

BPL 2019

A victory dedicated to all mothers

|| CF Correspondent || Rajshahi Kings left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny said on Wednesday that they dedicate their 20-run win over Dhaka Dynamites in BPL on the name of their mother. Kings on

Match Report Live Score More

BPL 2019

Poor umpiring, wretched batting lead Dhaka’s downfall

|| CF Correspondent || It was a reality check for Dhaka Dynamites. Their unbeatable winning run was halted by Rajshahi Kings as they defeated the star studded Dynamites by 20 runs

Match Report Live Score More

BPL 2019

Incredible Sunny halts Dhaka’s winning streak  

|| CF Correspondent || Rajshahi Kings put a brake on Dhaka Dynamites’ winning streak, stunning them by 20 runs at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday. Left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny was

Match Report Live Score More