New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Kings XI Punjab batsman Chris Gayle found a spot in the team's playing XI in match against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday after having warmed the bench for half the season of the Indian Premier League 2020. 

Gayle was instrumental in Punjab's eight-wicket win against Bangalore on Thursday. The Jamaican crickter played a fiery knock of 53 before being run-out in the penultimate ball of the match. The innings included five sixes and a four. 

On being asked after the match if he was feeling nervous, Gayle replied, “Not really. Come on man, it is the Universe Boss batting, how can i be nervous. I might give you a heart attack, I thought I had it in the bag but stranger things have happened in cricket. It was a good innings, first in IPL and now I can make myself available for 2021.”

Punjab had managed to Gayle on board in the Indian Premier League auction in 2018. The Jamaican cricketer was set to be part of team’s playing XI against Sunrisers Hyderabad but was rendered unfit at the last moment due to food poisoning. 

In a  short video shared by the official Twitter handle of Kings XI Punjab earlier this week, Gayle had hinted that the game 31 of IPL 2020 will mark his return to the side. “To all the fans out there, the wait is over. The Universe boss is back. I know you have been waiting for such a long time, the wait is over unless something dramatic happens to the Universe boss again, which I hope not,” Gayle had said.

Before this match, Gayle had last played competitive cricket for Chattogram Challengers at the Bangladesh Premier League in January, this year. He had pulled out of the Carribean Premier League earlier this year citing personal reasons.

Posted By: Lakshay Raja