Chris Gayle's Scandalous Transfer to Kings XI Punjab

Besides Chris, Ravichandran Ashwin, who was appointed captain, and several other players joined the team in 2018.

Chris Gayle in a file photo, Image credit: Twitter/T20 World Cup
By Karthik Raman | Apr 5, 2024 | 4 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

C. Gayle’s move to KXIP made a lot of noise in the media. Some cricket fans were shocked, while others said it was an expected move. Besides Chris, Ravichandran Ashwin, who was appointed captain, and several other players joined the team in 2018. B. Hodge remained the coach. The team has seriously strengthened. In this article, we will give a brief biography of Gayle and tell you how, as an ordinary Jamaican player, he became one of the brightest players in the IPL. Let’s talk about what we expected from Chris, what the team was able to achieve in two years. We will also discuss the cost of the transfer and evaluate its payback.

The Way of Gayle: From the Beginning of His Career to an IPL Star

C. H. Gayle is perhaps the most famous cricketer from Jamaica. He was born in 1979 and became a member of the West Indies team at the age of 20. He was given the nickname “Boss” because during his career he became the greatest all-around player of all time. He has won the Champions Trophy several times and has also scored a simple, double and triple century in T20, ODI and test cricket. You can bet on the game with the participation of an athlete at 1Win, only adults are allowed. Gayle is the only one who managed to score more than 13 thousand runs in the T20. The total number of six-point shots exceeds 900. He holds the ODI record of making over 210 left-handed innings. He is also the absolute record holder of the West Indies, with 133 scoreless innings in the match against South Africa. The player is unique in his versatility; Chris is not only the best batsman, but also a talented bowler. He managed to collect more than 199 wickets by spinning the ball with his right hand. In 2011, he received the title of “most valuable player”, which was awarded at the closing ceremony of the Indian Premier League. Chris holds the record of “66 balls and 175 runs”, which he set for RCB, playing against PW. Playing for MR, he set a record of “fifty fastest”. It is believed that Chris started his career late, as he was first heard of in 2003, he played in the Jamaican club LCC. In 2009, he became captain of the West Indies, after which the team beat Australia, but lost to Sri Lanka, ending up in second place. Thus, Gayle became an IPL star. During his career he played in many teams, let’s list the most famous of them below:

  • Lahore Qalandars.
  • Rangpur Riders.
  • Punjab Kings.
  • Quetta Gladiators.

Gayle’s Expectancies and Real Achievements in the New Team

Head coach B. Hodge said that this year the team intends to reach the playoffs and fight with the strongest rivals for the championship title. Everything was conducive to this. The 2018 season started off great, K. shone. Rahul and S. Gayle, the players showed top-class teamwork. The first match against Brad Hodge ended with a confident victory, and the experts made the most positive predictions. This was followed by a series of winless matches. In the first six games, the team scored 5 points and came out on top. Then Andrew Tai scored and managed to win another game. Then an inexplicable series of setbacks followed and the team lost 7 games. As a result, the Kings failed to make the playoffs. Despite the poor result, Gayle remained in the team and 12 more players were bought. In 2019, things were better, the Kings still reached the playoffs and took 6th place. Considering the strength of the IPL teams, we can say that this is a decent result.

Impact on the Team’s Game Results and Popularity

The popularity of the teams grew after the purchase of new stars. Chris has been playing brightly in recent years and setting one record after another. Of course, such players attract the attention of the audience. Gayle has a huge number of fans who follow his activities, place bets on games where Chris participates, buy posters, postcards, signed balls and other accessories. As a result, the popularity of KXIP has grown significantly, now it is a first-plan team, and mentions in the media are increasingly appearing. Chris’s success has influenced the overall statistics of the team, often the Kings get into the top 5 in runs and wickets. Despite the acquisition of new players, Chris remained in the ranks and continued to bring success to his team. He did not become a captain, but he played excellent supporting roles and was forever included in the list of the best members of Kings XI Punjab.

Analysis of the Transfer Cost and Its Payback

C. Gayle was bought for 2 billion rupees (20 million British pounds). And many experts expressed skepticism about this. The fact is that this is too much cost for such a player. There is a certain gradation of prices and, despite all Chris’s previous achievements, this amount is too large. KP managers believe that they did the right thing, because the player could have refused and chosen another team. As a result, we must admit that their calculations turned out to be correct. According to preliminary analysis, Gayle brought in much more than it was spent. In 2022, Chris played for the GG team, meaning his career is actively continuing.