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Match-winning Gayle could prove huge bargain for Kings XI Punjab - Sehwag

By Sports Desk March 13, 2018
Chris Gayle. Chris Gayle.

Windies star batsman Chris Gayle is not expected to feature much for new Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kings XI Punjab this season but team mentor Virender Sehwag believes a match-winning innings will be more than worth the US$308,000 (INR 2 crores) that was paid.

Gayle the sport’s record runs scorer was sent to the draft after longtime club Kolkata Knightriders did not list him as a protected player.  Even at the base price of Rs 2 crore the 38-year-old Gayle remained unsold until the third round of the draft, with Sehwag later confirming the player was meant to serve as a replacement opener.

Once one of the game’s most destructive players, Yuvraj Singh also ended up in a similar position, with a huge decrease in value from INR 5 crores US$ 772,000 when compared to his 2017 contract.  Sehwag is convinced the duo despite their decline in stature could prove great value yet.

"It is great that they have come to us at their base price (INR 2 crore for both). It is surely a bargain,” he said.

“Who knows if there were more bidders, they could have gone as high as USD 1 million. They are big names and match winners, even if they win two-three games for us, we would get the return on investment."

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