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Chris Gayle’s return is good for us, bad for others: Lokesh Rahul

PTI
Published : Apr 16, 2018, 11:43 pm IST
Updated : Apr 16, 2018, 11:44 pm IST

“Our plans are going to be simple whichever team we face and we will go out there and play aggressive cricket.”

Chris Gayle smashed his second-fastest IPL fifty, off 22 balls, against CSK on Sunday.
 Chris Gayle smashed his second-fastest IPL fifty, off 22 balls, against CSK on Sunday.

Mohali: Kings XI Punjab opener Lokesh Rahul has shot a warning to rival teams in the Indian Premier League: beware of Chris Gayle as he is back to his brutal best. Gayle, playing his first game of the season, smashed his second fastest IPL fifty, off 22 balls, to lay the foundation for KXIP’s thrilling four-run win over CSK on Sunday.

“It is amazing news for our team and bad news for the other teams that Chris Gayle is hitting the ball well. We all know he is a player who can win games single handedly and demolish attacks on his day and that’s what he did. We want him and we expect him to continue this form forward,” said Rahul.

 

Not so long ago, Gayle went unsold in the auction twice before KXIP picked him up for a base price of Rs 2 crore, the same amount they paid for Yuvraj Singh.

KXIP play their next home game against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Asked about the plans against Sunrisers, Rahul said, “every team in the IPL is good, we are going to stick to our plans, we will stick to our strengths, we will see where we can better Sunrisers Hyderabad.

“Our plans are going to be simple whichever team we face and we will go out there and play aggressive cricket.”

About batting first and setting the target for the opposition, he said “if you are batting first as an opener you give yourselves a couple of overs see what's the wicket behaving and then try to assess what a good score on that wicket would be and then you plan accordingly. By the look of the wicket, I don’t think anybody can tell the wicket is going to behave a certain way.”

 

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