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."

Related items

  • Former Windies bat critical of Hope, Russell Former Windies bat critical of Hope, Russell

    Several Windies players including Shai Hope and Andre Russell have come in for scathing criticism former Windies batsman Bryan Davis following the Windies losses to Bangladesh in their recent ODI and T20 series.

  • Shai has lofty ‘Hopes’ of getting past Lara’s 400 not out Shai has lofty ‘Hopes’ of getting past Lara’s 400 not out

    When Brian Lara walked out at number three in the fourth Test of a series in the Caribbean against England, nobody could have foreseen that he would be batting 582 deliveries later, breaking the Matthew Hayden record of 380. 

  • Tallawahs star Ross Taylor plans to help Russell succeed Tallawahs star Ross Taylor plans to help Russell succeed

    Ross Taylor got off to a slow start last week during the Jamaica Tallawahs’ dramatic four-wicket win over the Trinbago Knight Riders. He made only 1 as the Tallawahs slumped to 41 for 5 before Captain Andre Russell’s heroics saved the day.

SportsMax Zone

Latest Tweets

Will Shai Hope match the exploits of past West Indies greats? ... Shai has lofty ‘Hopes’ of getting past Lara’s 400… https://t.co/jb5rCB1uDi
Tallawahs middle order batsman Ross Taylor plans to use his experience to Captain Russell's advantage. See story h… https://t.co/hGWt9tXcHv
Is Andre Russell the best T20 cricketer in the world? ... Andre Russell extends lead atop T20 index ... Read full s… https://t.co/cK32WUysEN
Follow SportsMax on Twitter
© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.