Chris Gayle announces return against Kohli’s RCB

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Dubai: Much of the attention will focus on the return of ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle as the Kings XI Punjab seek to turn around their form as they head for a clash against an upbeat Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Sharjah on Thursday.

Gayle has not yet featured as the Kings XI Punjab rest uneasily at the bottom of the eight-team standings with just two points from seven games at the start of the return fixtures.

Gayle could have featured in the KXIP’s set-up a match earlier but was out of action after being hospitalised for a stomach bug last week. Now back on his feet, the 41-year-old promised fans that he couldn’t be kept out for too long as his team languish at the bottom of table.

“To all the fans out there, the Universe Boss is back. The wait is over, unless something gymnastically wrong happens. I know you’ve all been waiting for a long time for the Universe Boss. There are seven games to go and we are at the bottom of the table, and the only way we can go is up,” Gayle predicted on his social media platform after a practice session on Tuesday.

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