One of T20 cricket’s all-time greats, Chris Gayle has revealed that he opted out of IPL-15 due to lack of respect, saying he “wasn’t treated properly” within the final couple of years regardless of doing a lot.
The swashbuckling West Indian has been one of many prime performers with the bat because the inception of the profitable league.
After stints with Koklata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore, ‘the Universe Boss’ joined Punjab Kings.
But after having fun with an excellent 2019 season, when he completed because the sixth highest run-getter within the match, Gayle struggled to discover a spot within the Punjab enjoying XI in 2020 and 2021.
Last yr, Gayle featured in 10 video games and scored 193 runs at a strike charge of 125.32, whereas in 2020, he performed simply seven matches and amassed 288 runs.
“For the last couple of years, the way the IPL went about, I felt like I wasn’t treated properly,” Gayle was quoted as saying by ‘mirror.co.uk’.
“So I believed ‘okay, you (Gayle) didn’t get the respect you deserved after you probably did a lot for the game and IPL’. So I stated ‘okay, that’s it, I’m not going to hassle to enter the draft’, so I left it as it’s.
“There is always going to be life after cricket so I’m just trying to adapt to normality.” However, the big-hitting Jamaican has additionally vowed to return to the league subsequent yr, including that he would like to win a title with both RCB or Punjab Kings.
“Next yr I’m coming again, they want me! “I’ve represented three groups within the IPL — Kolkata, RCB and Punjab.
“Between RCB and Punjab, I might like to get a title, with a type of two groups. I had a terrific stint with RCB the place I used to be extra profitable inside the IPL, and Punjab, they’ve been good.
“I love to explore and I love challenges so let’s see what happens.” In 142 IPL matches, Gayle amassed 4,965 runs. The 42-year-old additionally holds the document for the very best particular person rating in IPL historical past — 175 — in opposition to Pune Warriors in 2013.