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UAE | Oct 12, 2020

Chris Gayle back in training after sidelined by stomach bug in UAE

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Kings XI Punjab batsman in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Chris Gayle. (Photo: KXIP.in)

Reeling Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, Kings XI Punjab, has confirmed that Jamaican cricket sensation Chris Gayle has returned to training after making a full recovery from last week’s stomach flu.

KXIP, in a statement on Monday (October 12), noted that Gayle was back on the training ground and would very likely be fit for their upcoming game against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday. 

“The veteran West Indian batsman suffered a stomach infection that kept him out of the competition in the past week, and was also temporarily admitted to the hospital, but has now made a full recovery and is back to the cricket field. Gayle, who is yet to feature in the 2020 Dream11 Indian Premier League, was initially set to make his debut against Sunrisers Hyderabad, but couldn’t due to the stomach infection. “

— Kings XI Punjab, on the status of Chris Gayle as of Monday, October 12.

Gayle, who was poised for an explosive return to the lucrative 2020 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), has not played a single match for his Kings XI Punjab outfit, which sits at the bottom of the eight-franchise points table.

Coach Anil Kumble revealed last week that the heavy-hitting batsman missed out on being part of the KXIP after complaining of an upset stomach.

The self-proclaimed ‘Universe Boss’, 41, keeping himself hydrated, assured his millions of fans from a hospital bed in Dubai that he was definitely on the mend.

“I can tell you this!!! I will never go down without a fight!!,” Gayle captioned a comfortable Saturday (October 10) Instagram post.

“I Am The #UniverseBoss —That will never changed!! You can learn from me…but its not everything I do you should follow!! Don’t forget my style and flare too!! Thanks for all your concerns peeps, much appreciated (sic),” he added.

The ‘Universe Boss’ himself, recovering over the weekend in a Dubai hospital. (Photo: Instagram @ChrisGayle333)

The Punjab Kings suffered their fifth-straight loss as the Kolkata Knight Riders snagged a two-run victory in match 24 on Saturday.

Since the start of the Twenty20 tourney, hosted in the UAE amid the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), the KXIP’s sixth defeat in seven matches doesn’t bode well for the franchise’s last placing in the eight-team 2020 standings.

Gayle is arguably one of the IPL’s most-sought cricketers and holds the record for the most sixes, 326, in the competition’s 12-year history.

The Jamaican has played 125 games, amassed 4,484 runs, and—while not the leading all-time scorer—holds many of the individual scoring records: highest-individual score (175 runs off 66 balls), most centuries (six), most sixes in a match (17) as well as fastest century (from 30 balls). 

Gayle in action during the 2018 season of the IPL. (Photo: Twitter @LionsDenKXIP)

Gayle also holds the record for being awarded Player of the Match; 21 times since 2008.

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