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Chris Gayle Should Have Been Man of the Match, Says KL Rahul After KXIP Beat RCB

Kings XI captain KL Rahul was given the Man of the Match award for his unbeaten 49-ball 61 that took his crew to an eight-wicket win over RCB within the IPL 2020 match in Sharjah. Rahul, although, stated the award ought to go to Chris Gayle, who made 53 off 45 batting at No. three within the chase of 172.


“Firstly, this should have gone to Chris,” stated Rahul on the post-match presentation.

“Chris has not been feeling nicely within the final two weeks, however he is all the time been hungry. Even at 41, he all the time needed to play from the day he got here to Dubai. Anyone who noticed him, he was coaching onerous like he is in all probability by no means achieved and hitting the ball sweetly. It was a tricky name to make to not play somebody of that stature.


“I will not take credit score but it surely’s necessary to maintain the lion hungry typically. Wherever he bats, he’ll be harmful. He has taken it up as a problem as nicely. He’s nonetheless the identical participant and is intimidating oppositions. it labored as we speak. Hopefully he can keep on.”

KXIP wanted 7 off 12 with 9 wickets at one stage however managed to deliver it to 1 off 1, almost botching up one other chase. However, Nicholas Pooran hit a last-ball six to make sure they crossed the road.

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“I’ve achieved yo-yp exams and performed a number of shut video games however my coronary heart has by no means raced so quick earlier than. I do not even have phrases,” he said. “We knew that we needed to scrap and recover from the road as soon as and that will give us the arrogance.

“We’re a much better facet than backside of the desk. Towards the tip it bought too shut for consolation however completely satisfied that we made it. It’s very pure to really feel disenchanted and pissed off and it is not simply me, as a bunch we have been pissed off.

“Our abilities have been excellent, in all probability did not capitalise within the huge moments beginning with the primary recreation at Delhi. It’s a part of the IPL, it is a part of cricket. There are ups and downs and this has been the type of rollercoaster that is been loopy however on a constructive word we wanted this win.

“At the moment, my first time as captain, you kind of don’t reflect on your own performance. As a leader you need to think of everybody and how to manage the 15 or the 25 balanced and hungry to do well. That’s been the challenge so personal performances haven’t been on my mind so much.”

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