Legendary West Indies batsman Brian Lara expressed his ‘disappointments’ at Kings XI Punjab’s workforce choice for his or her IPL 2020 match in opposition to Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
Lara mentioned KXIP ought to have included Chris Gayle of their Playing XI in opposition to KKR. They as an alternative, dropped left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell and introduced England’s all-rounder Chris Jordan back within the facet.
“I’m really disappointed (that Gayle is not there). Chris Gayle is a fear factor… We’ve seen Jordan, has not been very good in the IPL so far, I’m not saying he’s a bad player but I think packing the batting with Chris Gayle is something that they should’ve done,” mentioned Lara on the pre-match reveal at Star Sports.
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KXIP determined to retain Maxwell and Lara mentioned he doesn’t actually have an issue with that. He mentioned KXIP ought to have included Gayle rather than Cottrell and trusted their Indian bowling line-up to do the job.
“Imagine a batting line-up with KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal and Glenn Maxwell, they could chase down anything. So yes Cottrell out and I’d bring Chris Gayle in and trust my Indian bowling attack,” Lara added.
Gayle who holds various information in T20s together with probably the most runs and most sixes is but to play a game on this Indian Premier League.
KXIP head coach, Anil Kumble, nevertheless, had acknowledged that they needed to incorporate Gayle within the Playing XI of their earlier match in opposition to SRH however needed to change the plans as Gayle was sick.
“Today we wanted Chris Gayle in the playing XI but unfortunately he’s sick,” Kumble instructed the host broadcasters in the course of the SRH innings.
When Mark Nicholas had questioned Kumble about Gayle once more, the previous India captain and head coach mentioned: “Yeah Gayle was going to play but he is down with food poisoning for the last of a couple of days.”
There was no official phrase on Gayle’s health from KXIP earlier than the beginning of their match in opposition to KKR.
Meanwhile, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Saturday opted to bat first after successful the toss. made one change to their taking part in XI from their last match in opposition to Chennai Super Kings. The Dinesh Karthik-led facet introduced in Prasidh Krishna rather than Shivam Mavi.
KKR Playing XI: Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (c), Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna, Pat Cummins, Sunil Narine, Varun Chakravarthy.
KXIP Playing XI: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Prabhsimran Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Mandeep Singh, Mujeeb-Ur-Rahman, Mohammad Shami, Chris Jordon, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh.