IPL 2020: ‘He is the hungriest I have seen in the last seven-eight years,’ KL Rahul lauds Chris Gayle after victory against KKR

We will enjoy tonight`s victory, enjoy tomorrow, and then start thinking about the next game. One game at a time: KL Rahul

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Chris Gayle and KL Rahul

Kings XI Punjab registered a thumping 8-wicket victory over Kolkata Knight Riders to complete their five-match win streak in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. KXIP batsmen Mandeep Singh and Chris Gayle played brilliant knocks of 66 and 51 respectively to chase down the target of 150 runs.

Moreover, with this win, KXIP displaced KKR to occupy the fourth spot in the Points Table. After the match, Punjab skipper KL Rahul told that it is always too difficult to keep Chris Gayle out. He also mentioned that their team is focusing on one game at a time.

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“Chris, it was a very hard decision not to play him, he is the hungriest I have seen in the last seven-eight years playing for different franchises. Running ones and twos. And you know how he keeps the dressing room upbeat. To do it over and over again, year after year… We will enjoy tonight`s victory, enjoy tomorrow, and then start thinking about the next game. One game at a time,” Rahul said at the post-match presentation.

Credit should go to the coaches: Rahul

KL Rahul and Anil Kumble
KL Rahul and Anil Kumble

The skipper also said that playing two leg-spinners is always there in the mind of coach Anil Kumble. Rahul revealed that Kumble worked very hard on even those who haven’t played yet. 

“When we have Anil Kumble as a coach, it is no surprise we are playing two leg-spinners. He always had that in mind. He has worked really, really hard on them. And not just on them, but also those who haven’t played yet. Complete team effort and a lot of credit should go to the coaches,” Rahul said.

“I am very happy. The whole team will be. We collectively decided to go out there and play positive cricket, and things can turn around. It is different people putting their hands up at different times. Just happy that everything is coming together. Fingers crossed that we can win a few more games,” he concluded.

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