Every single match that Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) have played in the Indian Premier League (IPL) this season, fans have bombarded social media with their questions on the absence of Chris Gayle. The big-hitting West Indian remains one of the most sought-after batsmen in T20 cricket but for KXIP, he continues to warm the bench. And he had the same fate tonight as KXIP announced their Playing XI against MI and the swashbuckling Caribbean was once again missing from the team-sheet.
Despite the absence of Gayle, KXIP have managed to put 200+ totals on the board in two of the three matches they have played. With the likes of KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal at the top, Punjab have both the centurions of this IPL at their disposal and hence the need to have Gayle in the team hasn’t really been felt.
The only player Gayle can come in the team for remains his countryman Nicholas Pooran who has been batting at the No. 3 spot. Pooran’s fielding exploits, however, make it hard for the KXIP management to remove him from the team. As far as the match against Mumbai goes, it looks like the Kings XI will persist with the same batting combination they have been using for the first three games.
On the other hand, Lynn, who was roped in by Mumbai at the players’ auction last year, is yet to feature for his side in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. The big-hitting Australian opener has failed to make a cut in the playing XI as Quinton de Kock has been opening the batting for the defending champions with captain Rohit Sharma.
Lynn becomes a running joke due to his absence from Playing XI
Chris Lynn’s absence from the playing XI infact became a running joke when on Wednesday, the MI franchise shared a picture of Boult and their bowling coach Shane Bond on Instagram, Lynn reacted on it following which the New Zealand pacer took a cheeky dig at the Aussie batsman for warming the bench in IPL 2020.
“Which kind of delivery is being discussed here?” – Mumbai Indians captioned their post. “Slot Ball,” Lynn replied.
Boult then responded to Lynn’s comment and wrote: “Get us a water brah.”