Explaining the decision to buy Chris Gayle, Virender Sehwag has stated that Kings XI Punjab got the Windies player only as a backup option for the opening position. In the recently concluded two-day auction for the upcoming IPL season, Punjab, in the closing stages, bought Gayle for 2 crores.
It was a big surprise for the fans of the shortest format of the game when Gayle didn’t find any buyer in two rounds of the auction which was held on January 27 and 28, in Bengaluru. Before the end of the process on Day 2, it was the Punjab-based franchise who finally bid for the attacking batsman and included him in their squad at his base price without any battle from any other teams. For this season, the team concentrated on their batting line-up as they picked up Yuvraj Singh, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Karun Nair, and KL Rahul. Sehwag, team’s director and mentor, after the auction, revealed Gayle’s role in the team.
“Simply having him (Gayle) in your side means a lot. Being an opening batsman, Gayle can prove to be a danger to any opposition,” Sehwag told Amar Ujala.
“Gayle’s brand value speaks for himself and how effective he is in this format. We decided to bring in Gayle as a backup option for the opening slots.”
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