The self-named “Universe Boss” Chris Gayle has made a stunning return to the IPL in the last three games. Gayle was overlooked by all other sides in the auction and a very late, last minute pick for Kings XI Punjab. He was left out of the first two matches for Kings XI and the feeling was that he might be coming to the end of his highly successful and highly eventful time in the Indian Premier League.
After a slow start with the bat in the tournament with the bat for the Kings XI, it was decided to role the dice and give Gayle a game in their third match to see if he could reproduce some of his old magic. He responded by smashing 63 from just 33 balls against the Chennai Super Kings in a blistering 96 run stand with the impressive KL Rahul in just 8 overs. This was then followed by an amazing 104 not out and 62 not out in his next two and only innings so far and is the story of the IPL so far in 2018.
No player quite epitomises the shifting sands of modern cricket from Test match cricketer to 20/20 gun for hire around the world like Gayle. He has 11,297 runs in a thirteen-year career (and counting) and is well over 2000 more runs than anyone else and his skill which has made him the 20/20 icon for the game six hitting sees him with a career of 840 times clearing the rope well over 300 more than anyone else has managed in the 20/20 game.
Just as well known for his colourful personality and image off the field in which he landed himself in hot water for “inappropriate” comments made to a female Australian interviewer mid-way through a Big Bash game, gave himself the nickname of “Universe Boss” and would widely use twitter to promote himself in the media, describing the King XI manager Virender Sehwag as “saving the IPL” by managing to select Gayle and keep him in the IPL in 2018.
It will be fascinating to see if Gayle can keep up his electrifying form so far. He has hit on an excellent opening partnership with the highly impressive KL Rahul who has managed to break the IPL record of the fastest 50 from just 14 balls already in this tournament. High quality and fast scoring opening partnerships certainly can open some sub markets opportunity’s in 20/20 cricket. The markets for “Highest opening partnership” and “Highest total after 6 overs” are pretty much set out with quite standard odds with them being priced up on historical scores rather than the current individuals participating in this specific time of the match. Will certainly be worth keeping an eye on the highly promising partnership of Gayle and Rahul and weather they can keep their blistering form going in this regard.
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