Bengaluru, October 16: Chris Gayle who made a quick impact with a brisk 53 from 45 balls against his former team Royal Challengers Bangalore on his return to the Indian Premier League (IPL) won praise from his Kings XI Punjab team-mate Murugan Ashwin. Gayle’s involvement in the tournament was delayed by food poisoning, leading to a spell in hospital. He batted in the unfamiliar position of three for Kings XI, coming in after the opening duo had put on 78. After a cautious start, the left-hander cut loose with a solitary four and five sixes. Even his dismissal added a little drama, but Nicolas Pooran finished the job in style with a maximum off Yuzvendra Chahal. In the post-match press conference Ashwin was all praise for the Universe Boss, “It’s good to get a win.
Chris (Gayle) coming back to the side gives a lot of energy to the team,” said Ashwin. KXIP have found wins hard to come by in 2020 but have now triumphed in both games with RCB, although only after surviving a late wobble in Match 31 of IPL 2020 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Thursday (October 15) night. Ashwin said the mood in the KXIP camp was still upbeat despite repeated setbacks. “The mood in the camp was always high even we were losing. We didn’t lose our spirit, we know that we’re playing good cricket and it is just getting over the line. Really happy that we won a game and it is about repeating it game after game,” Ashwin added.