Kings XI Punjab captain KL Rahul has praised Chris Gayle, who played a stellar innings of just 24 balls against Royal Challengers Bangalore in 46 balls. “Gayle’s batting is getting better with age and he is working to remove the pressure on them in the top order,” Rahul said. Rahul lauded the bowling of young bowler Harpreet Brar, saying the team’s administration was preparing him well in advance.
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After the match, Rahul said, ‘I am young, but I am trying to talk to young players and share my experience with them in IPL and international cricket. They are all rich with special talents and I, as a leader and auxiliary staff should prepare them for the conditions and pressures they face in the middle overs. It is very nice for me and the support staff. In all our matches against RCB, victory was very important to us. Rahul remains unbeaten after scoring 91 runs in the captaincy innings against RCB.
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Speaking of Gayle, Rahul said, ‘A lot has been written about Gayle’s age and the fact that he has to play, but as a captain I know, he has a huge impact when he walks. I played cricket with him for 7-8 years and he is getting better and better. He’s batting in third place, something he’s never done before in his career, but he’s doing it for the team and making it even more. Gail is one such player. They remove the pressure on me in the higher order.