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Royal Challengers Bangalore head coach Daniel Vettori has admitted that he will miss having West Indies opener Chris Gayle for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Gayle has long represented the franchise, but at the IPL auction in January, he nearly went unsold.
However, after attracting no bidders in the first two rounds, the Kings XI Punjab finally pulled the trigger and acquired his services for his base price of INR 2 crores.
While Gayle did not live up to expectations during last year’s IPL, where he scored 200 runs at an average of 22.22, Vettori conceded that is was a tough decision to let him go.
“It will be sad,” Vettori told Cricbuzz. “You look at what he has done for the franchise in the time that he has been here.
“We recently went through our records and he dominates all of them. He has been a fantastic player for RCB and it was tough to say goodbye. But the timing was right for us. We wish him well.”
Vettori’s Royal Challengers Bangalore side will kick off their IPL campaign against the Kolkata Knight Riders on April 8.
The Kings XI Punjab will also be in action on the same day as they will take on the Delhi Daredevils.