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KP, Gavaskar & Fans Lash Out At Punjab Kings For Dropping Chris Gayle On His Birthday

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KP, Gavaskar & Fans Lash Out At Punjab Kings For Dropping Chris Gayle On His Birthday

The cricket lovers all over the world are quite excited as the second leg of the IPL 2021 has started and we have already witnessed a couple of nail-biting contests. Yesterday, Rajasthan Royals defeated Punjab Kings by 2 runs as RR bowler Kartik Tyagi bowled superbly in the last over. PBKS needed four runs to win in the last over but they managed to take only one run as Kartik Tyagi not only stopped them from making runs but also took 2 wickets. The young lad who is pretty similar to Neeraj Chopra in terms of looks was adjudged as the Player of the Match for his amazing performance.

While fans of PBKS and many cricketing experts find it difficult to believe that the Punjab franchise was not able to score 4 runs in the last over, there were many who were quite unhappy with the fact that the West Indian legend Chris Gayle was not included in the playing squad of Punjab. What hurt fans more was that the Universe Boss, as fans lovingly call Gayle, turned 42 yesterday and he didn’t get to play on the day of his birthday. Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar and former England player Kevin Pietersen also could not understand the reason behind omitting Chris Gayle and they clearly expressed their displeasure during the commentary.

Chris Gayle is one of the most destructive batsmen of the cricket world and not including him in the playing eleven is something that is beyond the understanding of majority of the cricket fans. Usually, Chris Gayle plays as an opener but for PBKS, he comes third in the batting line-up and he was superb in the IPL 2020 which was also played in UAE. As far as his performance in the first leg of the IPL 2021 is concerned, it can be called decent as he scored 178 runs in 8 matches before the league got postponed due to the COVID-19 scare.

Chris Gayle’s average performance in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2021 may have prompted the PBKS team management to make him sit out. However still fans never expected this at least on Gayle’s birthday as they were hoping to see Gayle storm on the special day of the legend. Some people are also saying that the PBKS management has taken an action against Chris Gayle because of his tweet in which he talked about going to Pakistan.

Twitter users were quite upset and they vent out their frustration in the form of tweets. Here are some of the selected reactions:

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PBKS now stands at the seventh position on the points table with 3 wins and 6 defeats in the 9 matches that it has played. Will Chris Gayle play the next match of PBKS? What do you think?

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