Chris Gayle was almost sidelined by the IPL franchises before getting picked by Kings XI Punjab for his base price of 2 crore. The coupled effect of a rising age and slowing reflexes were outlined as the major reasons for the drop in shares of the once-great IPL batsman.
Many said that his selection is more of a marketing strategy and they would be surprised if he makes it to the final playing XI, given the problem of plenty with the side. All this seamed true as the Gayle storm, as they call him, was not picked for the initial matches.
He warmed the benches and awaited his turn. But when his day finally came, he hit home the message loud and clear that there was still a lot of cricket left in him. This is what he had to say after his unbeaten 104-run knock.
"A lot of people thought I'm too old, after this innings, I have nothing to prove. This hundred is dedicated to my daughter. Tomorrow (Friday) is her birthday," said the universe boss.
After he notched up his 6th IPL century and 1st of the 2018 edition, twitter erupted with jubilation and fanfare. Here are some of the interesting tweets:
Chris Gayle is 100 sixes ahead of other players.#ChrisGayle - 279*— #Sports InsiderDaily (@SportsInsiderD) April 19, 2018
Rohit Sharma - 179
Suresh Raina - 174
Virat Kohli - 167
AB De Villers - 166
MS Dhoni - 162
David Warner - 160#KXIPvSRH #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #OrangeArmy #KingsXIPunjab #Gaylestorm #gayle #BestvsBest #IPL2018
"People Thought I'm Old. Nothing To Prove Though. Just Want To Earn Some Respect. This One Is Dedicated To My Daughter Crisalina, It's Her Birthday Tomorrow. Tomorrow, She'll Turn Two And It's Her First Time In India" - Chris Gayle #UniverseBoss #KXIPvSRH #KXIPvsSRH #GayleStorm pic.twitter.com/tAPx5jUMfE— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) April 19, 2018
Gayle just ran 2, that too after hitting 4 sixes in a row! And that 2 says more about his motivation than the sixes #KXIPvSRH— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) April 19, 2018
After watching Gayle bat.... pic.twitter.com/NUom9fJiR2— Arfan ?? (@Im__Arfan) April 19, 2018
If you thought your life was hard, you haven't seen Chris Gayle take a quick single. #KXIPvSRH— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) April 19, 2018
By the end of this innings, every KXIP player including Gayle on the bench will have dropped a catch #KXIPvSRH— Gaurav Sethi (@BoredCricket) April 19, 2018
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