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Ahead of IPL, Chris Gayle dismisses Andre Russell, celebrates with bhangra dance

Chris Gayle seems ecstatic at the prospect of playing for Kings XI Punjab in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL), with a bhangra dance celebration video posted on Instagram going viral.

cricket Updated: Feb 01, 2018 12:25 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Chris Gayle posted a bhangra dance celebration video on Instagram that is going viral.
Chris Gayle posted a bhangra dance celebration video on Instagram that is going viral.(AFP)

Chris Gayle, who calls himself ‘Universe Boss’, seems very pleased at his selection in Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kings XI Punjab.

Though the IPL is still two months away, Gayle has already started flaunting his Punjab association on social media.

On Wednesday, the burly West Indian posted a video on his official Instagram account which featured him performing a few steps of famous Punjabi bhangra and shouting ‘burrah’ after winning a bet against fellow West Indian Andre Russell.

After cracking a few jokes with Russell, Gayle says, “This Knight Rider player can’t beat a Punjabi man.”

Gayle had recently broken the record for most number of sixes in a T20 innings by smashing 18 maximums during his unbeaten 146 off 69 balls for Rangpur Riders against Dhaka Dynamites in the final of Bangladesh Premier League final in Dhaka.

He holds a number of records in the IPL. In 2013, he slammed the fastest T20 century when hit a ton in only 30 balls for RCB against Pune Warriors. He has also hit the most number of sixes in tournament history (265).

Despite such records to his name, the hugely built Jamaican remained unsold in the first two rounds of the IPL mega auction held in Bengaluru last week. In the third round, though, he was finally picked by Kings XI Punjab for his base price of Rs 2 crore.

Andre Russell will play his first competitive cricket match in over a year when he will represent Jamaica in the Regional Super50, which is the domestic 50-over competition in the West Indies.

Russell had been serving a one-year ban after he was found guilty by an independent tribunal in Jamaica for violating the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) whereabouts clause.

The all-rounder still remains one of the most sought-after commodities in domestic T20 competitions and will represent Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) before turning out for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL in April.

First Published: Feb 01, 2018 11:57 IST

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