KXIP batsman Chris Gayle’s Whirlwind knock went in vain as RR chased down the target set by KXIP but Captain KL Rahul praised the “Universe Boss” & said that it wasn’t easy to bat on a “sticky” wicket.
KXIP’s run scoring was largely powered by Gayle who has smashed 99 runs off 63 balls. The “Universe Boss” also completed 1000 sixes in the T20 cricket. However an all-round batting performance helped RR to seal a seven wicket win over KXIP here at Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Friday. Rahul said the way Gayle batted no one will ever say he is 41 years old. The captain also said that the “Universe Boss” is a huge & crucial part of their dressing room.
“I thought we were 10-15 runs ahead of a par score. We’ve seen scores here before and 160-170 was what we decided to be a winning total. After losing Mandeep early, I and Chris felt like the wicket wasn’t an easy one to bat on. A lot of credit goes to Chris. I don’t think anyone apart from Chris would’ve been able to bat like that on a sticky wicket and give us the best chance to win the game,” said Rahul in the post-match press conference.
“I have said this before, he (Gayle) is a huge part of our dressing room, and to have somebody like that is very very inspiring. He keeps the dressing room positive and there’s a lot of fun happening when Chris is batting. No one will say he’s 41. He still looks like the Gayle when he first burst out in the IPL,” he added.
“One of the big reasons why the Royals could bat their way was the dew factor. Not taking anything away from their batters. They did put pressure on our bowlers and used the power play efficiently,” said Rahul. “Every batsman who came in started striking the ball and hitting boundaries. It worked for them and dew was a big reason behind that,” he added.
KXIP are still alive in the playoff race as they are placed at fourth spot with 12 points scored in 13 games just above RR who have a better net-run rate. They will next face CSK in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, November 1st.