There were plenty of mixed reaction when Chris Gayle went unsold at the first 2 rounds of IPL 2018 auctions as no team decided to risk their money on a 38-year-old player who only plays league cricket and is a liability while fielding. However, with little over 30 minutes left in the IPL 2018 auction, Chris Gayle IPL 2018 was once again brought as the final few names who went under the hammer one last time and Kings XI Punjab decided to gamble on the “Universal Boss” Chris Gayle and look how it has panned out for them. After missing out on the first 2 games of the season, Chris Gayle IPL 2018 adventure has started with a bang where he scored a blazing half-century in the first game against CSK team 2018 and then we witnessed a Chris Gayle century vs SRH team 2018 where the “Universal Boss” was at it again and scored 104 runs in 63 balls with 11 sixes. With his two gun-blazing innings, Chris Gayle IPL 2018 is now among the top contenders to win the Orange Cap this season. IPL Chris Gayle may be 38-years-old but seeing the Chris Gayle century against SRH team 2018 one could hardly debate against it.
On that note, we take a look at 5 reasons why Chris Gayle could win Orange Cap in IPL 2018.
1). If anyone can, then Chris Gayle can
The effortless six hitting, the constant barrage of boundaries and the ability to send fear to the opposing bowlers, these are some of the reasons why Chris Gayle is still one of the most feared batsmen in the T20 form of cricket. IPL Chris Gayle was 30 minutes away from missing out on this season and after playing just 2 games, he has 167 runs to his name at a strike rate of 173. Where not many gave him a chance to get a game in IPL 2018, Gayle is smashing the bowlers to all corners of the ground and can go on to win the IPL 2018 Orange Cap. The realistic fact is that Gayle needs to play just 5-6 Gayle-like innings from here on until the end of this season and he will win the Orange Cap 2018 with ease.
2). Chris Gayle has done it before
Winning the IPL Orange is not something, Chris Gayle is unfamiliar with as the West Indian superstar is the only batsman in the history of IPL to win the IPL orange cap in 2 consecutive seasons. Chris Gayle first won the IPL Orange Cap in 2011 season with 608 runs in 12 innings while Gayle next won the IPL Orange Cap in the 2012 season by scoring a mammoth 733 runs in 15 innings. Gayle knows what it is like to win the IPL Orange Cap and the big man would do everything possible in his powers to get the feeling of winning the IPl Orange Cap once again.
3). Chris Gayle has a point to prove
As stated earlier, Chris Gayle was narrowly away from missing the IPL 2018 season altogether and there were not many people who gave him the chance to ever featuring in the IPL again. Many had drafted their articles on Chris Gayle and titled it “End of an era” and so on, however, Gayle has completely turned the scenario around and now everyone is talking about how Gayle has still got it and he is even in the reckoning to win the IPL Orange Cap 2018. Gayle has a point to prove to all those people who doubted him and thought the run-scoring bit is past him. Chris Gayle century vs SRH team 2018 was a hard slap to all those critics and Gayle would hope to continue the run-scoring form of IPL 2018 and go on to have a successful season with Kings XI Punjab.
4). Chris Gayle’s knack for picking his time to attack the bowling
Chris Gayle century vs SRH team 2018 showed peculiar things about Gayle’s batting which we have seen over the last few months. Starting last IPL, Gayle decided to hang back in the powerplay overs and then wait for the spinners to come on and use his raw power to tonk them out of the stadium for fun. While his plan failed to work last season, we saw that plan work out perfectly when he smashed Rashid Khan for 26 runs in 5 deliveries. Gayle has this knack of picking him time and the bowler he wants to attack. Rashid Khan has troubled plenty of batsmen this season but Gayle took the liking for him and he smashed 4 sixes in a row. Gayle’s reach and brutal power make him invincible against the spinners. His long stride forward allows him to reach to the pitch of the ball with ease and smash any spinner and since IPL 2018 is expected to be dominated by spinners, we could see Gayle smash big runs in every game and end up winning the IPL 2018 Orange Cap.
5). Chris Gayle’s recent T20 form
Many might not remember but Chris Gayle had a very successful Bangladesh Premier League where Gayle scored a century in the BPL final and led Dhaka Dynamites to the BPL title. Gayle has become one of the most successful T20 players all over the world and is the only man to score 10000+ T20 runs in the world. The smashing thing about Gayle and T20 cricket is that Gayle has 21 T20 centuries to his name while the next best is just 7 centuries. Gayle has 279 IPL sixes to his name which is almost 100 more than the 2nd player on the list – Rohit Sharma. IPL Chris Gayle has scored 10 or more sixes in a T20 innings SIXTEEN times. No other player has done it more than twice. These all are the numbers which support our judgment of Chris Gayle’s chances of winning the IPL 2018 Orange Cap.