When Jamaican hard-hitter Chris Gayle went unsold in the first round of auction for the ongoing Indian Premier League, every cricket fan was left disheartened and shocked.
The former player of Royal Challengers Bangalore was picked up by the Kings XI Punjab in the last round of auction at his base price Rs. 2 crore and Preity Zinta is not regretting her decision.
The move of not retaining the star player Gayle came as a major shock to many. Gayle, recently, admitted that despite being in touch with the RCB officials, who said they wanted him in the team, he never received a call from the RCB.
“I was their biggest draw. It was disappointing from that end, because they (RCB officials) 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. As I said, I can’t fight with anyone. I think I had a wonderful CPL and BPL – where I scored two centuries for my side Rangpur Riders. The stats don’t lie: 21 centuries, most number of sixes. If that doesn’t put a stamp on brand Chris Gayle, I don’t know what will,” Gayle told to the Times of India in an interview.
Talking about the surprising IPL auction, the player said, “I’ll be honest in admitting that it was very surprising for me to not get picked by any team. I don’t know what went behind closed doors but I also understand that these things happen. But it’s fine. ”
“I’ve moved on from it. It’s a great opportunity to be playing for King XI Punjab (KXIP) 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,” he added.
The West Indies hitter began his IPL journey with Kolkata Knight Riders. He played for KKR for three years — 2008, 2009 and 2010 — and was picked by the RCB in the year 2011.
Playing for RCB, Gayle had scored 3,163 runs at an average of 43.33.