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5 reasons why Chris Gayle nearly missed an IPL contract

Vipul Gupta
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Chris Gayle who is one of the most destructive players in the world is slowly fading away with time. Gayle has scored more than 11,000 runs playing in over 300 T20s and has hit 20 centuries, the most by any batsman in the world.

Chris Gayle who has been a great crowd puller in T20 tournaments all over the world nearly missed an IPL contract this year after he went unsold in the first round of the auction. None of the teams showed interest in him when his name came up on the morning of Day-1 of the auction.

Gayle fans were left agitated after the explosive batsman who was placed on the marquee list of players went unsold but at the end of the Day-2, Preity Zinta won millions of hearts after she bought the 'universe boss' at his base price and this meant that fans will get to see him for another season.

Here are a few reasons why no other team apart from Kings XI Punjab showed interest in him in the auction.

#5 Running between the wickets

Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle has been facing difficulty in running over the last few years. Gayle has been facing back problems for quite a long time now and a knee injury a few years back has left his knee prone to injuries. This makes him resistant to running fast between the wickets which have become a problem for other batsmen in the team rotating the strike with him.

The running problem has already hampered his Test career and now is pestering him in the T20s. Not only between the wickets but this has been a problem in the field too. He is often seen fielding at positions that require less movement.

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