It is KingsXI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore today in the IPL 2020. KL Rahul led KXIP has one very big decision to make before the game i.e whether to play Chris Gayle in today’s game or to bench him once again.
InsideSport caught up with KL Rahul on its series AMSTRAD Face2Face to check what the KXIP Captain has to say on one of the world’s most explosive batsman. According to Rahul, “it was very difficult decision to bench Gayle in first game of IPL 2020 season”, but he declared, “Gayle will be seen back in the KXIP 11 very soon”.
IPL 2020 : Check why it is difficult for KL Rahul to bench Chris Gayle ?
Gayle turned 41 recently, having played 404 T20 matches so far, Gayle is one of the only two batsmen (the other being Kieron Pollard) to cross 10,000-run mark in the shortest format of the game. He has scored 13,296 runs at an incredible strike-rate of 146.94. These include 22 centuries and 82 half-centuries.
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Gayle’s IPL Record –
– The swashbuckling batsman has been a key performer in IPL history. Gayle is currently the sixth-highest run-getter in the tournament, with 4,484 runs in 125 matches. As Gayle turns 41, let’s take a look at five of his IPL records:
– Highest individual score in IPL history – Gayle holds the record for the highest individual score in the history of the Indian Premier League. He slammed an unbeaten 175 off just 66 deliveries against the now-defunct Pune Warriors India in the 2013 edition of the tournament. He hit 17 sixes during the innings.
– Most centuries in IPL history – Gayle has scored six centuries in the Indian Premier League so far, which is the highest by any batsman in the tournament’s history. RCB captain Virat Kohli closely follows Gayle with five scores of over-100.
Consecutive Orange Cap Holder – Chris Gayle has finished as the top run-scorer in an Indian Premier League season in two consecutive seasons – 2011 and 2012. He is the only player to achieve the feat so far. Gayle scored 608 runs in the 2011 season, and became the first player to breach the 700-run mark in an IPL edition in 2012.
Most sixes in IPL history – Gayle has hit an incredible 326 sixes in IPL history — a record he is likely to hold for a long time. The second-highest six-hitter in the list is AB de Villiers, who has hit 212 maximums so far.
Fastest century in IPL – Gayle is also the record-holder for fastest century in IPL — which is also a record for fastest in T20 cricket so far. He slammed a hundred off just 30 deliveries against Pune Warriors India, which is a world record.
KXIP vs RCB in IPL 2020 : Will Chris Gayle play tonite ?
With such an impeccable record, it is difficult not only for KL Rahul but also for anyone else to not include Gayle in the playing 11. But the big question is – if Gayle comes in – who goes out ?
Rahul decided to keep cards close to his chest on this one – but if KXIP has to include Gayle in the team, his West Indian team-mate Nicholas Pooran will have move out of the 11.
KXIP vs RCB in IPL 2020 LIVE: Where to catch KXIP vs RCB Live Streaming ?
The match between KingsXI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore will be live broadcasted on Star Sports Network in the Indian Sub-Continent. The KXIP vs RCB will also be Live Streamed on Disney+ Hotstar.