Chris Gayle, the renowned West Indian batsman, has disclosed why he did not partake in the Indian Premier League’s 15th edition’s mega auction, claiming that he was mistreated in the previous two editions.
Chris Gayle told the Mirror UK in an exclusive interview, “For the last couple of years, the way the IPL went about, I felt like I wasn’t treated properly. So I thought ‘okay, you didn’t get the respect you deserved after you did so much for the sport and IPL.’ So I said ‘okay, that’s it, I’m not going to bother to enter the draft,’ so I left it as it is. There is always going to life after cricket so I’m just trying to adapt to normality”.
“Next year I’m coming back, they need me! I’ve represented three teams in the IPL, Kolkata, RCB and Punjab. Between RCB and Punjab, I would love to get a title, with one of those two teams. I had a great stint with RCB where I was more successful within the IPL, and Punjab, they’ve been good. I love to explore and I love challenges so let’s see what happens,” the 42-year-old further added.
With 4965 runs in 142 matches, the left-handed Jamaican is a star in the Indian Premier League. He began the tournament with Kolkata Knight Riders and spent his most prolific years with Royal Challengers Bangalore before joining Punjab Kings.
Gayle has several IPL records, including the highest individual score in the league’s history (175*), the most sixes in an innings (17), the fastest century (30 balls), and several others.