As the Royal Challengers Bangalore struggle to find momentum and rhythm in their quest to make the play-offs in the Indian Premier League, they could have done without Chris Gayle revealing that they had agreed to sign him – and never called him back.
Gayle has played only four matches for Kings XI Punjab but with an average of 126 – the highest in the tournament – and a haul of 252 runs at a strike rate of 161, he is still tenth in the run charts. Oh, how Bangalore could have done with him.
They were supposed to be fielding him in their XI this season, according to Gayle at least. The West Indies opener claimed RCB had agreed a deal only to fail to bid for him in the auction.
I was their biggest draw, Gayle said. It was disappointing from that end, because they (RCB) had called me.
They wanted me in the team and I was told that I will be retained. But they never called back after that. So that gave me the impression that they didnt want me and its fine.
The self-proclaimed Universe Boss will be out to show what RCB are missing again on Friday when Kings XI take on Mumbai Indians.
It is a match which gives Kings the chance to almost make sure of qualification. Indians having nothing to play for having endured a desperately disappointing season as the holders.
Gayle is 11-4 with 188Bet for top Kings runscorer against Mumbai and given his consistency it could hardly be labelled as a risky wager, particularly when his only apparent threat is KL Rahul, his opening partner.
Gayle and Rahul have scored the vast majority of their runs. Rahul, who strikes slightly faster than Gayle, would you believe, is 11-4 with Bet365 and Skybet.
William Hill offer 9-4 that Gayle scores a fifty and Skybet go 5-1 that he is the top runscorer in the match. As for man of the match, 7-1 is available across the board.