Kings XI Punjab batting coach Wasim Jaffer updates that Chris Gayle and Mujeeb Ur Rahman will soon find places in the playing eleven. He revealed that the team doesn’t want to bring them in at a stage when it would effectively need to win every game to make the IPL play-offs.
“It should happen soon. As I said, it needs to happen sooner than later. We don’t want to bring them when every game is a must-win game. Hopefully, we will have those guys featuring soon,” Jaffer told PTI on the inclusion of Gayle and Rahman.
Gayle hungry to do the job for the team: Jaffer
Chris Gayle has been out of professional cricket for quite some time now. The 41-year old also missed the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League 2020. But coach Jaffer mentioned that the West Indian looks in great shape and hungry to deliver for the team.
“Chris looks very much ready and is keen to get on to the park, he has been training well and has looked really good in the nets. He is such an impact player, and we all know what he can do. I hope he turns up and straightaway turns it on and changes the tide for all of us. He looks hungry, and that is a very good sign for the franchise.
“I am hoping he plays quickly. We need match-winners, as many as possible. Not just for the next game, also for the rest of the tournament as he can easily win you four-five games on his own,” said Jaffer.
Kings XI Punjab will now lock horns against Sunrisers Hyderabad in match 22 of the ongoing tournament. The Dubai International Stadium will host this game on October 8, 2020.