Kevin Pietersen and Sunil Gavaskar, both former cricketers, have criticized the Punjab Kings for not utilizing Chris Gayle‘s potential. On Thursday, Gayle announced his exit from the IPL 2021 bubble, citing that he wanted to mentally prepare for the T20 World Cup.
It’s worth noting, however, that the southpaw had a disappointing season and was in and out of the rotation. This season, Chris Gayle had a top score of 46 while averaging 21.44 and scoring 193 runs in ten games. The veteran also claims that management hasn’t given him enough support.
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Kevin Pietersen said on Star Sports on Friday that the Punjab Kings haven’t done Chris Gayle justice. Pietersen thinks the left-hander deserves much more than being disregarded, as the franchise has done.
Pietersen said, “He is not being treated right in his environment. He feels like they are using him and getting rid of him, using him and getting rid of him. They didn’t play him on his birthday, cast him aside. If he is not happy, he is 42. Let him do what he wants.”
The 42-year-old, a two-time Orange Cap winner, revealed his intention to withdraw from the IPL 2021 bubble. He cited a desire to stay fresh to assist the West Indies in winning the T20 World Cup. Gayle hasn’t been in the shape he’s known for. This season, the Jamaican scored 1 and 14 for Punjab in the UAE leg.
Since cricket started amid the pandemic, Gayle has been surrounded by bio-bubbles. With PBKS, he was a part of the IPL 2020 bio-bubble. He was also a member of the West Indies squads that played Sri Lanka and Australia at home. CPL 2021 bio-bubble was immediately after that.
Meanwhile, Sunil Gavaskar stated that Gayle’s presence in PBKS’ camp will be missed for the duration of the season. To qualify for the IPL 2021 play-offs, PBKS must win all three of their remaining matches.
“A game-changer like Chris Gayle, if he is not in the team, 100 percent it’s a big loss. I think he is in and out of the team. I don’t know what the calculations are. And sure, he is over 40, and he might not be able to do it at a consistent level that he used to do. But he is a game-changer. 3 overs of Gayle storm and the game is gone from the opposition.”