KL Rahul was discussing the Kings XI Punjab versus Sunrisers Hyderabad coordinate in IPL 2018. In which Chris Gayle hammered his 6th IPL ton to without any help take KXIP to triumph.
Chris Gayle can be a bad dream for bowlers in T20 cricket. The West Indies Opener has sixes, most hundreds of the year, most elevated score – you name a T20 batting record. India batsman and Gayle's Kings Punjab colleague KL Rahul was shocked, when he saw an 'irate and hungry' Gayle looking at 'completing' Rashid Khan during an IPL coordinate.
Rahul was discussing the Kings XI Punjab versus Sunrisers Hyderabad coordinate in IPL 2018 in which Gayle pummeled his 6th IPL ton to without any assistance take KXIP to triumph.
Rahul had opened with Gayle in that coordinate. He said the West Indian had vouched to assault Rashid Khan as he didn't care for the leg-spinner gazing at him.
“I remember one instance in 2018, he (Chris Gayle) was hungry, he was angry, and he wanted to win. We had a match against the Sunrisers, and he told me, ‘If Rashid Khan comes on, I am gonna finish him .I don’t like a spinner coming and staring me down. If he stares at me, I am going to finish him’,” KL Rahul said in a conversation with Mayank Agarwal and Gayle on Open Nets with ‘Mayank’ chat show posted by IPL on their website.
Rahul further said that Gayle encouraged him to give the strike. He needed to take on Rashid Khan who was SRH's fundamental hit bowler alongside Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
“He (Gayle) said, ‘Give me the single, I want to play six balls against Rashid Khan’. And I think that’s the first time I saw Chris’ give-me-this attitude. He had a clear plan and I think he got a hundred that game,” said Rahul. “ You can just tell when he is in the zone. ”
Gayle had batted through scoring 102 off 63 balls leading KXIP to 193/3 batting first. Like promised the West Indian had taken apart Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan. And smashed him for 42 off 16 balls at a strike rate of 262.50.
Rashid Khan has an economy rate of 6 runs per over in IPL. He had figures of 1 for 55 in that match.