This season, Gayle was bought by Kings XI Punjab for Rs 2 crore Image: AFP
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) opting not to retain West Indies ace Chris Gayle for the Indian Premier League 2018 came as a shock to most cricket buffs.
But spare a thought for the man himself, who was expecting the Bangalore-based franchise to retain him. More than three months after the IPL auction, Gayle opened up about one of his interactions with RCB, who had assured him that he was in their scheme of things for IPL 2018.
"I was their biggest draw. It was disappointing from that end, because they (RCB) had called me. They wanted me in the team and I was told that I will be retained. But they never called back after that. So that gave me the impression that they didn’t want me and it's fine," Gayle told The Times of India.
No other franchise was willing to lap Gayle up on the first day of the auctions. Finally, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) showed interest in the Universe Boss on the second day, buying him for his base price of Rs 2 crore.
Gayle has since returned the favour and is in fine form for the Punjab outfit, scoring 252 runs in just 4 outings at an average of 126. He is the second highest scorer for the team after KL Rahul despite having played three matches less.
Teeming with confidence, he added, "It's a great opportunity to be playing for King XI Punjab and so far I've had a great time. Perhaps it was supposed to happen, you know. King Gayle; destined to be playing for Kings XI Punjab."