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Reports: Chris Gayle unlikely to be retained by RCB

Rajdeep Puri
1.76K   //    04 Jan 2018, 16:14 IST

Gayle has been one of RCB's best cricketers over the years
Gayle has been one of RCB's best cricketers over the years

According to reports, self-proclaimed 'Universe Boss' Chris Gayle is unlikely to be retained by the Royal Challengers Bangalore side ahead of the announcement of retention of players by each Indian Premier League side.

He had a torrid time in the recently T20I series against the Blackcaps where he managed to score just 12 runs in three innings.

He was also quite inconsistent with the bat for RCB last season with just 200 runs to his name in nine innings at a strike-rate of just 122.

At the age of 38, he is a liability on the field and is not a quick runner between the wickets as well.

Due to these reasons, RCB will probably look beyond Gayle and get someone new in his position.

Also, with each franchise allowed to retain a maximum of five players (three retentions and two right to match), RCB will most likely retain Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Yuzvendra Chahal.

Gayle, who has been an integral part of RCB's squad since 2011, has won the Orange Cup twice, in 2012 and 2013.

He has single-handedly taken RCB to numerous victories over the years and has been a nightmare for opposition bowlers.

He broke the record for the highest ever individual T20 score when he smashed his way to a 175-run-knock against the Pune Warrions India in 2013.

He has played 101 matches for RCB since 2011 and has scored 3636 runs at an average of 41.20 with 21 half-centuries and five centuries to his name at a staggering strike-rate of 151.20.

The retention program is going to be telecast on television for the first time in history. Fans can also follow all the live commentary and updates here.

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