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Virender Sehwag, Kings XI Punjab’s director of cricket operations, has revealed that the franchise bought flamboyant West Indies opener Chris Gayle as a back-up option for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Gayle went unsold on the first day of the IPL auction, which left many surprised. However, with the auction winding down on the second and final day, Gayle’s name reappeared and Sehwag was seen speaking to Kings XI Punjab co-owner Preity Zinta.
With the clock ticking, the franchise bid for Gayle and secured his services for his base price of INR 2 crores.
Explaining why the Kings XI Punjab decided to buy Gayle, Sehwag was quoted by CricTracker as saying: “Simply having him (Gayle) in your side means a lot.
“Being an opening batsman, Gayle can prove to be a danger to any opposition. Gayle’s brand value speaks for himself and how effective he is in this format. We decided to bring in Gayle as a back-up option for the opening slots.”
In last year’s IPL, Gayle played for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, but failed to have a major impact with the bat as he scored 200 runs in nine matches, which included a solitary half-century, at an average of 22.22.