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IPL 2019: You’re one of the best opening partners I have had, Chris Gayle tells KL Rahul in a candid chat - Watch

IPL 2019: KL Rahul finished the league stage as the second highest scorer. The opening batsman scored 593 runs in 14 matches at an average of 53.90 with one century and six fifties.

cricket Updated: May 06, 2019 17:20 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Chris Gayle speaks to KL Rahul after Kings XI Punjab’s last league match.(Twitter)

KL Rahul’s scintillating 36-ball-71 paved the way for a consolation six-wicket victory for Kings XI Punjab in Mohali on Sunday but not before CSK ensured a top-two finish with chance to play the first IPL Qualifier at their happy hunting home ground Chepauk.

With nothing to lose in the final game of the season, Rahul, Chris Gayle (28 off 28 balls) and Nicholas Pooran (36 off 22 balls) were the key contributors in KXIP’s successful chase of 171 in in 18 overs.

Such was Rahul’s domination that Universe Boss Gayle’s run-a-ball knock paled in comparison as the duo added 108 runs in only 10.3 overs to seal the match.

KL Rahul finished the league stage as the second highest scorer. The opening batsman scored 593 runs in 14 matches at an average of 53.90 with one century and six fifties. After the match against Chennai Super Kings, Chris Gayle told KL Rahul in a candid chat that he is one of the best opening partners he has ever had.

“The lion today (Sunday) was KL Rahul and it wasn’t Chris Gayle. You’re one of the best opening partners I have had. We have had some outstanding partnerships. I always wish you well and I always said you are someone who can be the next Indian superstar and that doesn’t change. Our communication between the wickets has been fantastic,” said Gayle.

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The hard-hitting bastman wished Rahul good luck for the World Cup, but not against West Indies.

“(This season has) definitely been good for you, second consecutive year, you have been the top-scorer for Kings XI Punjab. I want to wish you good luck for the World Cup. Not against the West Indies. We are going to meet again in the World Cup,” Gayle said.

Rahul expressed that he has seen Gayle from close quarters since he was 21 years old and that he has learnt a lot from him.

“I saw him as a 21-year-old in the RCB dressing room. I have learnt so much from his as an opening batsman. From then to now, he has been talking to me about holding the shape which is very important for an opening batsman,” said Rahul.

First Published: May 06, 2019 17:03 IST