IPL 2018: Twitter ridicules RCB after Chris Gayle’s extravaganza
Chris Gayle recorded the maiden century of IPL 2018 against the Sunrisers.
Published - Apr 20, 2018 11:54 am | Updated - Apr 20, 2018 11:54 am
Chris Gayle has been in supreme form in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). He was not included in the first games against the Delhi Daredevils (DD) and the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). However, he was drafted into the eleven against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and he announced himself with a swashbuckling knock, which laid the foundation for Punjab.
The hulking Jamaican replicated his form in the next game against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) as well. The left-handed batsman didn’t blaze away, played calculative strokes and unfolded mayhem in the opposition dugout. He notched a well-compiled half-century in 39 balls and a useful opening stand along with KL Rahul who has been in superlative touch as well.
Gayle takes SRH apart
Thereafter, the veteran saw the ball like a football and accelerated to the extent, which took Punjab to a massive score on the board. Rashid Khan, the Afghan leg-spinner, was expected to the trump card for Kane Williamson’s men, however, he was neutralized as Chris Gayle laid into him and whacked him into the stands on six occasions with utter disdain.
Thereafter, he notched his sixth century in his IPL career and his 21st century overall in T20 cricket across the globe. The target set by Punjab, eventually, turned out to be a far cry for the Sunrisers. Despite Williamson’s and Manish Pandey’s gutsy half-century, Punjab brushed the visitor’s aside by 15 runs. It was also their maiden victory over SRH in five attempts at the PCA Stadium in Mohali.
Before playing for Punjab, Gayle plied his trade for the RCB since 2011. He scored five centuries for the franchise and was an integral member of the team. However, the last two seasons in 2016 and 2017 didn’t happen to be memorable for the Windies batsman. Subsequently, he wasn’t retained by any franchise in the auction. Moreover, he went unsold a couple of times, before Punjab bagged him at his base price.
Following the opening century of the tournament, the fans have brutally trolled RCB for not retaining Gayle. Virat Kohli’s men have currently won one out of their four games and are currently languishing at the bottom of the table along with the Delhi Daredevils.
Here’s how Twitter reacted
2011: Chris Gayle went unsold in IPL auction then RCB picked as replacement and he scored century in his first game…
2018: Chris Gayle went unsold in IPL auction then KXIP picked him last minute and he scored century in his second game…
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) April 19, 2018
— Rohit Jaiswal (@rohitjswl01) April 19, 2018
— Nikhil ? (@CricCrazyNIKS) April 19, 2018
— Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@Ansh_MSDian) April 19, 2018
#Gayle strike rate in powerplay in 2017 – 105.
Gayle strike rate in powerplay in 2018 – 189
— Sparsh Telang (@SparshTelang) April 19, 2018
Look wat he is doing now for #KXIP !
— Rajĸυмaя ♥ (@Rajj8990) April 19, 2018
— NaVeeN (@beingnaveen27) April 19, 2018
— A Shock Dinda ↗️ (@shockeddinda) April 19, 2018
— Sumit kadel (@SumitkadeI) April 19, 2018
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirrrJadeja) April 19, 2018
— Nikhil ? (@CricCrazyNIKS) April 19, 2018
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja_Real) April 19, 2018
RCB not retained KL Rahul…. he scored fastest fifty of the IPL.
RCB not retained Gayle… he scored a fifty and a centuw in just 2 matches.
RCB retained Sarfaraz and bought McCullum…. they are sitting on the bench.#SRHvKXIP
— Sunil- The Cricketer (@1sInto2s) April 19, 2018
Two minutes Silence for all IPL teams who ignored Gayle at auction and Grand Salute to RCB who retained Sarfaraz ?
— Mayanti Langer (@Langer_Mayanti) April 19, 2018
RCB fans after watching Chris Gayle bat pic.twitter.com/zEh5uVRiNP
— Abhishek (@Sajjanlaunda) April 19, 2018
Out of form players ko RCB bowlers form me laate hai! And Gayle is in his best form! To kya hoga RCB ka ??♀️ #KXIPvSRH
— Swati (@Swatit_1) April 19, 2018
Every six by Gayle is a tight slap on face of selfish RCB captain Kohli.
— EngiNerd. (@mainbhiengineer) April 19, 2018
Gayle was unsold in 2011 auction. He replaced Dirk Nannes for RCB and scored a century in his first game against his former team KKR at Eden Gardens.
He was sold on his base price in 2018 auction after going unsold in first 2 round and makes 63 & 104* in first 2 games.
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) April 19, 2018