IPL 2020: Chris Gayle is all set to debut for IPL 2020 for KXIP vs RCB match
KXIP takes relief from the fact that their only victory in the season has come against RCB, who appears to be a much more powerful team since their last encounter on September 24. Though Sharjah has been slowing cautiously, the smaller ground is perfect for a player like Gayle to initiate a flying sixes spree.
IPL 2020: Kings XI Punjab will be anticipating that Chris Gayle fires on his much-awaited return and, for once, put up a great performance in a must-win game for them against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday (15 October.)
The incapacity to produce an all-round show and complete games they should have won has led to KXIP losing six out of their seven matches and hit the rock bottom of the IPL tables.
Though, it won’t be easy for the 41-year-old player to kick-start his play from ball one, having not played earlier in the season. He would have played the last two games but could not due to food poisoning. Having recovered completely, it will be interesting to discover who he will replace in the playing XI.
Benching out a yet to shoot Glenn Maxwell is one of the options or they can bring Gayle at the expense of an overseas bowler and replace him with the available Indian talent.
IPL 2020: KXIP is deteriorating at the bottom of the table despite having the top-two foremost run-takers of the season in captain KL Rahul (387 at a strike rate of 134.84) and his opening mate Mayank Agarwal (337 at 48.14). Except for Mohammad Shami and Ravi Bishnoi, none of the bowlers has incited belief, especially in the death overs.
Not being able to create the correct balance despite trying out numerous options has also granted to KXIP’s swift slide.
They cross swords with RCB which has advanced in confidence exponentially since their last facing.
For the first time in a lot of years, they seem to have fixed their bowling despair and might lift the trophy for the first time.
Their spin pair of Washington Sundar and Yuzvendra Chahal has proven extremely efficient and the pace division has reinforced with the return of Chris Morris from injury.