Gayle returning to IPL in 2023, names 2 franchises he’d ‘love to get the title’ | locust

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Great West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle has been in the Indian Premier League (IPL) since the 2009 season. However, the legendary IPL striker was not sold at the mega auction in February this year, leaving Gayle out of the tournament for the first time in his career. However, the 42-year-old has pledged to return to the league next year and has named two franchises he wants to win the title for. (Follow full coverage of IPL 2022)

Gayle has been part of three franchises in IPL history. He was roped in by Kolkata Knight Riders in 2009 and during his two-year stint, he scored 463 runs in 16 innings with two halves. His most memorable moment came at the Royal Challengers Bangalore who signed him in 2011. He went 84 innings for the franchise scoring 3163 runs at 43.3 and a strike rate of 152.7 with five centuries and 19 fifty. In 2018, after being unsold twice at auction, he was chosen by Punjab Kings for INR 2 crore. He scored 1,339 points for the team in 41 games.

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Despite the numbers, Gayle hasn’t been sold for the 2022 season, but he’s not done with IPL just yet. Speaking to The Mirror, Gayle expressed his desire not only to return to the league but also to win a major T20 trophy which was missing from his illustrious CV.

“Next year I’m coming back, they need me! I represented three teams in the IPL, Kolkata, RCB and Punjab. Between RCB and Punjab, I would love to win a title, with one of these two teams. I had a great stint with RCB where I had more success in the IPL, and Punjab, they were good. I like to explore and I like a challenge, so let’s see what happens,” he said.


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