Sitting on a bright red high-back throne chair, Chris Gayle remarked his sporting future “looks bright until I’m 50”. “I’m still active, still fresh, still good-looking, best body in the world,” Gayle, right leg crossed over left and hair close and beaded, deadpans.
Even though some of those statements were up for discussion, the undisputed self-proclaimed Universe Boss has a huge imprint on the Indian Premier League (IPL). Having last played in the IPL in 2021, the West Indies and IPL legend is “pretty much on a break” this year. Transitioning from playing the game (bossing, often) to commentating on it, with Gayle calling it his musical nerve, some “money, money, money” for Sam Curran, Cameron Green and Ben Stokes at the IPL mini-auction guessed. in Kochi.
IPL Auction: Sam Curran’s talking point in Kochi
“Those three guys are very, very hot. With England winning the T20 World Cup, it’s going to play a big role especially for Curran and Stokes,” Gayle told JioCinema’s expert panel for Friday’s auction. Said in the city as part.
He said, ‘There is a possibility that some records may be broken in this auction. The teams that have the money are definitely going to work hard for these guys. They are the talk of the town. Don’t be surprised if you see any of these cross the 16-17 (crore) barrier,” he said, referring to the Rs 16.25 crore IPL’s costliest buy so far in Chris Morris for the 2021 season. Did.
In picking Curran as his hypothetical top choice, Gayle labeled the 24-year-old all-rounder as the MVP of the 2022 World Cup final won by England. “Sam is very young. And IPL (teams) look to the future. The availability of these players will also be a factor.”
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Two players who will no longer be around are Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo, both moving to coaching roles for their respective franchises Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. Along with Gayle, who scored 4,965 runs in 142 matches with a strike rate of around 149, the West Indies star was the holy grail of the IPL, lighting up the league with his Caribbean colour, flair and flamboyant cricket.
“IPL will surely miss Pollard and Bravo on the field. Those two guys have made IPL what it is today,” Gayle said. “We have to give credit, recognize them – Bravo is the highest wicket-taker in the IPL and both of them have won multiple championships for their respective franchises. This is without doubt going to make a difference in the IPL. Those guys are proper, proper entertainers. It will make a bit of a dent in the IPL, as no one can really fill such shoes.
“Fortunately there is still someone like (Andre) Russell who could be the man we set out to carry forward the West Indies legacy – being explosive, destroying bowlers, getting wickets and bringing the IPL stage to life make. You will be missed Caribbean boys.
This “difference” becomes a bit more troubling because the next-in-line cricketers-slash-entertainers out there haven’t made that kind of splash in the IPL yet. His national team has also been on a freefall of late, having been ousted from the qualifying stage of the West Indies T20 World Cup. Nevertheless, the likes of Rovman Powell, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Nicholas Pooran and Odion Smith have shown promising sparks for their respective franchises in the 2022 season and beyond and, apart from the retained Russell (Kolkata Knight Riders), they have There are 20 from the West Indies in the auction list.
He said, ‘The team will go after a player like Smith, who is young. He is the future, can bat and bowl heavy. There are also the likes of Hetmyer and Holder (who could interest the teams). Hopefully, we can see the real Pooran. He has not done this for IPL. He has been very explosive in other tournaments, but we need to see that consistently on the big stage.
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Prior to playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad for the 2022 season, Pooran represented (and probably typified) the under-performing Punjab Kings. Gayle, having switched from Royal Challengers Bangalore to Punjab in 2018 and last playing for it in 2021, knows a thing or two about that franchise.
“Punjab chops and changes too much, and it’s just ridiculous. You keep cutting and changing and you never have a set eleven… Often players don’t feel comfortable, they feel threatened,” Gayle said.
Their leader from last season, Mayank Agarwal, has been left out of the auction pool should their former player be injured.
I will be very disappointed if someone doesn’t pick him because he is such an explosive player. I know he is probably hurting himself that he hasn’t been retained by the Kings after all the sacrifices he has made for the franchise. And then to be treated like this is disappointing.