KL Rahul & Chris Gayle batting together is a nightmare for opposition, says KXIP bowling coach Ryan Harris
Kings have won five matches so far and among the top four teams at this point in the tournament.
Updated - Apr 20, 2019 5:03 pm
The ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 has seen quite a few batsmen dominate the stage. From Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) Andre Russell to Sunrisers Hyderabad’s (SRH) David Warner to Mumbai Indians’ (MI) Hardik Pandya, there are quite a few big hitters ruling the roost in the ongoing season. However, not many teams have two of their top order batsmen delivering at the same time, making them a deadly challenge for any opposition. Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) is one side that has both its openers — KL Rahul and Chris Gayle — batting at top form in this IPL, causing serious problems to all other teams.
While Rahul is the second highest run-scorer in this IPL season with 387 runs from nine games at an average of 64 plus, Gayle is at the sixth position with 352 runs from eight matches at an average of 50 plus. While Rahul has scored a hundred, Gayle’s highest score so far has been 99 not out. Former Australia bowler Ryan Harris, who is the Kings’ bowling coach, has spoken highly about the Rahul-Gayle duo saying the sight of the two batting is a “nightmare for the opposition”.
KL is talented and experienced
“They (Rahul and Gayle) are talented and experienced players. Wherever Chris goes, he scores runs. I saw his performance against England in England, it was outstanding. He has scored a lot of runs for West Indies. It is all about his confidence which is very high. He gave us (KXIP) a good start. Hope he continues to do so. KL is again another talented and experienced hand for us (KXIP). When they are at the crease, it’s a nightmare for the opposition,” Harris said speaking to Times of India in an exclusive interview.
Harris also lauded the Kings’ No.3 Mayank Agarwal saying the latter knows how to handle situations.
The 39-year-old Harris, who played 27 Tests, 21 ODIs and three T20Is for Australia, took 161 international wickets and has among his scalps the great Sachin Tendulkar.