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Cricket World Player of the Week - Chris Gayle

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While Ben Stokes slammed an unbeaten 107 in the IPL this week and Chris Gayle fell just one run short of the milestone, Gayle's 99 was special for reasons beyond cricket.

Chris Gayle could have made his IPL 2020 debut a couple of matches earlier had he not got infected with a stomach bug.

When the Universe Boss did make his entry in the second half of the tournament, it was becoming of the entertainer as he took his side to victory with a half-century in his very first appearance.

In the first six matches that he played for Kings XI Punjab this season, his lowest score was 20, which highlights that he almost always got starts despite batting out of his usual position at number three. His highest score was 99 in his second-last match, against Rajasthan Royals.

The West Indian big-hitter was understandably miffed at himself for not getting that one run to add to his tally of 22 centuries in T20 cricket and flung his bat away.

Gayle became a crucial part of the franchise and did a lot, both on and off the field. While his 288 runs from 7 matches at an average of over 40 and a strike rate of 137.14 were of utmost importance, the way he lifted the mood in the camp was also special.

Kings XI Punjab were reeling with just one victory after their first six matches. Gayle helped turn their campaign around as Punjab went on to record five victories on the trot and fell just short of a playoff qualification.

Despite Gayle not reaching triple figures, his knock stood for a lot more.


 

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