New Delhi. Chris Gayle is arguably the greatest player ever in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL). However, Gayle left the league two days ago with the intention of refreshing himself for the T20 World Cup. Next year there is a mega auction for IPL. Gayle is 42 years old. In such a situation, whether he will participate in the auction or any team will bid on this legend, it will be a matter to be seen. However, the way he has bid farewell to IPL 2021. This angered Sunil Gavaskar and Kevin Pietersen. Both have blamed Punjab Kings for Gayle’s decision to leave the league midway.
Speaking to Star Sports, Pietersen revealed that Gayle was dropped for the first match of the UAE leg against Rajasthan Royals on his birthday. He said that Gayle was not treated well. Gayle had realized that Punjab Kings was trying to get rid of him. Even on the occasion of his birthday, he did not get a chance to play. If he is not happy, he is 42 years old, then he has the right to do whatever he wants.
Chris Gayle is a game changer: Gavaskar
Meanwhile, Gavaskar felt that despite his age, Gayle is still a game changer who can change the pace of the game in no time and Punjab may have to suffer in his absence. He said that if a game-changer like Gayle is not in the team, then it is definitely a big loss. I think he is in and out of the team. I don’t know what is the thinking of the team behind this. It is true that he is above 40 years old, so it would be meaningless to expect him to do better for the team every time. But he is a game changer.
Gayle left IPL 2 days ago
Gayle’s decision to leave the IPL on Thursday night left the fans stunned. Then in a statement issued by the franchise, he had said that in the last few months, I have been a part of the bio-bubble of West Indies, CPL and then IPL. I want to help West Indies in T20 World Cup. That’s why I want to refresh myself mentally. So I decided to come out of Bio-Bubble. My wishes and hopes are always with the team.
Gayle scored 193 runs in 10 matches of IPL 2021 at an average of 21.44. He could not score a single half-century in this season.