Chris Gayle. Well, there is no need for the introduction of a guy who has hit more sixes and scored more centuries than any other player in the T20 format. Gayle has been featured in two matches so far, obviously the team has won both of the matches.
Chris Gayle benched for seven games
It is hard to believe that for someone whose name is Chris Gayle and who has so many things in his bag had to wait for seven games before featuring in his first game of the IPL 2020, though he was ill for the last two matches. But yet he had delivered in both of the games.
Gayle has scored 77 runs in two matches including an important half-century in his first match against his previous team RCB.
Impact of a champion player
Kings XI Punjab were on a five-match losing streak till match 7. Their report card said just one win from seven matches, though they should have won 2-3 matches but could not finish well on each of the occasions. Their results from match 1 to match 7 were; L, W, L, L, L, L, L.
The moment Chris Gayle has been featured in the team; it seems to have found its mojo. They first racked up the win against Royal Challengers Bangalore, the only team they had beaten in their first seven matches, and then gun down Mumbai Indians for the historic second super over win. Gayle made contributions in both of the matches.
In the win against RCB, Gayle made 53 runs to drive the innings along with KL Rahul, and in the win on Sunday against Mumbai in the second super over, Gayle smacked Trent Boult for a first-ball six as the team chased 12 runs in the super over.
Gayle playing at one-down
KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal were the openers for Kings XI Punjab in their first seven games. They have fared 525 runs with six 50+ scores along with one century and 393 runs with three 50+ scores including one century respectively. Both are currently number one and number two ranked batsmen among the run-scorers. Certainly, it becomes inevitable to replace one of those with Chris Gayle.
To accommodate both the openers and to include Chris Gayle in the team, Gayle has been pushed to the one-down position and it had gone pretty well for the superstar.
Glenn Maxwell misfiring this season
Glenn Maxwell has scores of 1, 5, 13, 11, 11, 7, 10, DNB, 0. With a total of just 58 runs along with mere five boundaries to his name, that is not Glenn Maxwell we are accustomed to seeing.
Though Maxwell had arrived with a good form against England in the limited over series before coming to the IPL where he scored a brilliant fighting century in the winning cause of the series. Kings XI Punjab still are very much alive in the tournament and they need to win at least four of their remaining five matches if they want to fancy their chances in the playoffs. KXIP would need both of their superstars to perform for the team in the coming matches.
Kings XI Punjab will play their next match against the table-toppers Delhi Capitals on October 20 in Dubai.