‘They never called back’ - Chris Gayle on Royal Challengers Bangalore’s IPL 2018 auction snub
Chris Gayle almost went unsold at the IPL 2018 auction earlier this year, with former side Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) deciding not to retain the services of the Jamaican opener.cricket Updated: Apr 30, 2018 23:49 IST
Chris Gayle has been in fine form for the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018, with his pairing at the top of the order with KL Rahul one of the key reasons why the side have begun this campaign so well.
However, the self-proclaimed “Universe Boss” almost went unsold at the auction earlier this year, with former side Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) deciding not to retain the services of the Jamaican opener.
This was something that puzzled Chris Gayle since he said that he was given assurances by the franchise that he was part of their plans.
“I was their biggest draw. It was disappointing from that end, because they (RCB) had called me. They wanted me in the team and I was told that I will be retained. But they never called back after that. So that gave me the impression that they didn’t want me and it’s fine,” Gayle said in an interview with Times of India.
Gayle admitted that he was surprised by the fact that no franchise seemed keen to procure his services during the auction, with KXIP swooping in to buy him right at the end.
“I’ll be honest in admitting that it was very surprising for me to not get picked by any team. I don’t know what went behind closed doors but I also understand that these things happen. It’s just the way it is. But it’s fine. I’ve moved on from it,” Gayle said when quizzed about whether his performances this season were a result of being ignored in the auction.
“Like I said, it’s a great opportunity to be playing for King XI Punjab and so far I’ve had a great time. Perhaps it was supposed to happen, you know. King Gayle; destined to be playing for Kings XI Punjab,” he added.
Gayle also spoke about else what he wants to accomplish in his cricketing career in the immediate future.
“Just two things: winning the IPL this year and the World Cup for West Indies next year. I believe West Indies have a big chance of winning the World Cup in 2019. I know we struggled in the qualifiers but now that we’ve made it, our next aim is to win it.
“But right now it’s definitely the IPL. KXIP have never won it. Our owner Preity Zinta is so fantastic, so enthusiastic. The way she roots for her players is just amazing and I think she needs to lift the IPL trophy this year.”